*NEWS*

The European Nations Cup draw is as follows; 16 Oct; Russia v France, 17 Oct; Wales v Ireland, 24 Oct; Russia v England & Scotland v Wales, 29 Oct; Ireland v Scotland, 30 Oct; France v England, 7 Nov; Final

The 2004 Mediterranean Cup will again be held in Lebanon, from the 2nd of October till the 9th. Serbia, Lebanon, France and Morocco will take part.

Malta has joined the ranks of new international rugby league nations with the formation of the Malta Rugby League Association. the MRLA is planning to have a team ready for the 2005 World Sevens qualifying torny.

The West Indies side may take on a Combined African side before the Middlesex Sevens this year. Originally they were planning to play either a Nigerian side of the South African Wildogs side.

Wayne Bennett has officially replaced Chris Anderson as Australian coach. The ANZAC test has been confirmed to be held in Newcastle.

Canberra played two quarters each against USA and Tonga last weekend. They defeated USA 48-0 and defeated Tonga 30-14.

The Bradford Bulls defeated the Penrith Panthers 22-4 in England. Kiwis Lesley Vainikolo and Logan Swann both scored tries.

The ARL and NZRFL have confirmed that an ANZAC test will take place this year.

News from the RLIF meeting: The Rugby League World cup in 2008 seems to be happening. New Zealand has been placated with the Tri-Series happening but the first round will be in New Zealand before everyone heads to the UK. Australia will make a stop in America. A Tri-Series for "Developing Players" will also be held at the end of the year, in New Zealand. Moscow City Council is prepared to finance a Youth World Championship at the end of the year. ARL Chairman Colin Love was re-elected RLIF Chairman unopposed. As was NRL CEO David Gallop in the position of Secretary. Two new members to the RLIF executive are the new RLIF Vice-Chairman Superleague Chairman Richard Lewis who replaces the out-spoken Maurice Lindsay and Selwyn Pearson, NZRFL was appointed as the fourth member of the executive.

Congratulations to the World Sevens champions the West Tigers. Also a big round of applause for the International sides that represented there nations with pride.

The Sydney Bulls have won the Jim Bean Sevens and will play in Wednesdays World Sevens qualifier.

A Lebanon Youth side lost two games in the last week to a touring Oxford University side. In the first game they went down 12-24 and they lost the second match 4-24.

Canberra will play Tonga and the USA on Feb the 14th. The Raiders will play each side for 40 minutes and then USA and Tonga will battle it out for 40 minutes.

West Indies have been accepted into the Middlesex Nines to be held in July

Pool for the World Sevens Qualifiers: A) NZ Maori, Newtown, Jim Beam XIII; B) NSW Country, Balmain, Italy; C) Cook Is, Western Suburbs, Japan; D) Aboriginies, Am Samoa, Nth Sydney. So we will get one international match at the very least (Cook Is v Japan).

Greece and probably Italy will join Lebanon, France, Serbia and Morocco in the 2004 Mediterranean Cup.

The West Indies Rugby League Federation has launched its website. You can find it here.

The New Zealand Team to play in the Sydney World Sevens was named today. It is coached by Brian McClennan and former New Zealand Nines coach Graeme Norton. Robinson Godfrey, Richard Kinkaid, Khamal Ganley (North Harbour Tigers), Remus Gentles (Eastern Tornadoes), Sosaia Makisi, Stephen Matai (Marist/Richmond), Regan Wigg, Daniel Floyd (Hibiscus Coast), Gary Tupou (Eastern Tornadoes) and Misili Manu (Mt Albert Tigers).

The New Zealand Kiwis have defeated the Australian Kangaroos 30-16 tonight at North Harbour Stadium. The Kangaroos led 10-0 early on but the Kiwis fought back to lead 14-10 at halftime. Australia led 16-14 for much of the second half but with ten minutes to go New Zealand scored two quick tries to lead 26-16 before a third try sealed the victory. What a victory!

The Kiwis squad for Saturdays game has been announced. Motu Tony, Henry Fa'afili, Vinnie Anderson, Clinton Toopi, Meli, Nigel Vagana, Thomas Leuluai, Nathan Cayless, Monty Betham, Jason Cayless, Jeo Galuvao, Tony Puletua, Ruben Wiki (c). Bench; Awen Guttenbeil, Jerry SeuSeu, Ali Lauiti'iti, Sione Faumuina.

Saw the Kiwis train today, they played the New Zealand 'A'. New Zealand 'A' leave on Monday on there tour of Great Britain. Both squads looked well drilled. From my observations it looks like Nigel Vagana will be fullback as he practised there most of the time (Sometimes Tony was there on defence with Vagana there on attack). Thomas Leuluai played at half for the trial run. Vinnie Anderson was on the whole time as well either at centre or second row, so look for him off the bench. Tony sprained his ankle but it didn't look bad. The only injury for New Zealand 'A' was Warriors development player Epalahame Lauaki but he will still go on tour. Ben Lythe has withdrawn for the tour due to family reasons.

Both New Zealand Teams have made the final in the Womens World Cup. New Zealand will play the New Zealand Maori. The Cook Islands and Niue will meet in the Plate. On Saturday the New Zealand Kiwis and New Zealand 'A' will be holding an open training session from 4pm at North Harbour Stadium.

Sean Hampstead has been named the referee for the Kiwis v Kangaroos 100th test match. The ARL and the NZRL agreed that it should be a NRL referee and the NZRL chose Hampstead to officiate the match.

The Kiwis have named a 21-man squad for next Saturdays clash against the Kangaroos. They are; Monty Betham Henry Fa'afili, Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Tevita Latu, Ali Lauti'iti, Jerry SeuSeu, Motu Tony, Clinton Toopi, Francis Meli, Thomas Leuluai, Sione Faumuina, Vinnie Anderson (Warriors), Andrew Lomu, Jason Cayless (Roosters), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joe Galuvao, Paul Whatuira, Tony Puletua (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Raiders), Nigel Vagana (Bulldogs)

The Kangaroos squad has been announced. Darren Lockyer, as expected, is captain with Robbie Kearns Vice Captain. For more info visit the Kangaroo Tour section. The club breakdown goes like this; Roosters (6), Panthers (5), Broncos (4), Sharks (2), Knights (2), Storm (1), Cowboys (1), Warriors (1), Bulldogs (1), Raiders (0), Tigers (0), Dragons (0), Rabbitohs (0), Eels (0),  Sea Eagles (0)

Singapore is reportedly looking to set up a national side. More Info Here.

Welcome to the International Sub-Site. This site is designed to put a spotlight on International League, which I feel must be healthy for the Game to be healthy. Its recovering slowly. The Junior Kiwis defeated the Australian Schoolboys last night, closing the Australian Schoolboys tour.

Kangaroos Coach Chris Anderson has given Darren Lockyer his pick for Captain on the Kangaroos Tour. However it is a selection panel and not the coach that picks the squad and the captain.

Gordan Tallis has retired from International Football. Stacey Jones has ruled himself out of the Kiwi test.

Italy has won the first Ionio Cup defeating Greece 26-24 in a close match.

Some Great Justin Morgan News! He has made the Welsh Dragons 18 man squad to play in the European Championship and a one off test against Australia. The Squad play Australia, England 'A' and Russia with a possible final if they do well in the Championship.

This Saturday Italy and Greece clash! Should be a good game in Sydney even if its not quite up there with the NRL Finals in skill level.

The Canterbury Bulls won the Bartercard Cup 32-28 with a try in the last two minutes. They are the first team to win it twice. The Brothers had led through out the game. The Mangere East Hawks won the Fox Memorial Grand Final. The New Zealand 'A' team to tour Great Britain was announced today. It is coached by Gerald Stokes (Wellington).

Sione Lusi - Canterbury Bulls
Hale Vaa'sa - Mt Albert
Ricky Henry - Marist Ricmond
Nigel Taumoli - Wellington
Gary Te Pou - Eastern Tornados
Ben Lythe - Mt Albert
Vila Apuula - Wellington
Gavin Bailey - Glenora
Steve Buckingham - Mt Albert
George Tuakura - Otahuhu
Walter Mackie - Northland (Takahiwai)
Paul Fisiiahi - Eastern Tornados
Taylor Pelenise - Canterbury Bulls
Hame Lauaki - Glenora
Lance Poka - Waikato (Waicoa Bay)
Jonny Limmer - Wellington
Sinave Faitala - Eastern Tornados
Tyrone Pau - Hibiscus Coast
Wayne McDade - Mt Albert
Jesse Royal - Central Falcons
Karl Edmondson - Glenora
Shane Beyers - Canterbury Bulls

New Zealander Frank Puletua has left South Sydney to rejoin his Junior Club the Penrith Panthers. He rejoins his Brother Tony there. Frank has reportedly taken a paycut to leave Souths. Kiwi David Solomona has signed with The Wakefield-Trinity Wildcats from Parramatta.

The Greece Italy clash has been confirmed for the 27th of September at Oki Jubilee Oval. Names you may or may not recognise involved in the clash are John Skandalis, Simon Bonetti, Greg Florimo, Jamie Russo, Paul Dezolt and the Greek Captain (and Former Magpies Captain) Steve Georgallis.

The European Nations Cup draw has been released. It features Wales, England 'A' and Russia in Pool One with France, Ireland and Scotland in Pool Two. The top of each pool will meet in a final. 26th Oct; Wales v Russia, Scotland v Ireland. 1st Nov; Ireland v France. 2nd Nov; England 'A' v Russia. 8th Nov; France v Scotland. 9th Nov; England 'A' v Wales. 16th Nov; Grandfinal (To be held in England)