Thinking outside the Box: Smith

By Daniel Andruczyk Last week was a week of turmoil at the Sydney Roosters. Their coach, Brian Smith was given the boot after another dismal season by the Chooks. The players at the Roosters found out about the sacking through a text message and looks like former player Trent Robinson will come in as the new coach. Robinson is at Catalans and has done a great job there to get the team into the top 4 of the Super...

RUGBY LEAGUE ALITALIA EUROPEAN CUP DETAILS RELEASED

From Phil Caplan The fixture details have been confirmed for rugby league’s Alitalia European Cup which will be played this autumn. Scotland, Ireland and England Knights will face each other with the Scots playing in the nation’s capital for the first time thanks to funding from the City of Edinburgh. Rugby League European Federation General Manger Danny Kazandjian expects the Alitalia European Cup, which mirrors...

Canada Wins the RLP Development Fund and Barba the Dally M

By Daniel Andruczyk The Dally M awards were given out this week. These are the NRL’s chance to reward the best players in the competition. This year Ben Barba swept the awards with 5 individual ones including the Dally M player of the year. The awards are as Follows: Dally M Player of the Year: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) Provan-Summons Medal: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) The...

Billion Dollar Overshadow

By Daniel Andruczyk This week has seen a lot of news from around the world in Rugby League. From the Billion Dollar TV contract in Australia, to the Challenge Cup Final, to the USARL Grand Final and Italy pulling out of the European Cup. There is a lot happening around the place. Jacksonville Reign Supreme Jacksonville Axemen 28 – 22 Boston 13s Despite watching the Challenge Cup on Saturday and then having...

Heartbreak Hodgson does it for Wolves

By Daniel Andruczyk Over the years as a fan you develop a relationship between teams and players. One that I have a love hate one with is Brett Hodgson. So he is a great guy, I have met him a couple times over the years and he always seems to have all the time in the world to chat with you, win lose or draw. Saturday evening was no exception to this. But, goodness me, he is always on the team opposed to the one I...

A Great Time of Year

By Daniel Andruczyk A few comments today on some things that have been going on the last week and that I want to comment on. Yes the new NRL broadcast deal has been announced, but i will not talk about that today. Recently the Canberra Stadium has been announced as a Test venue for next years mid-season game. An interesting response has been had by the fans on this issue. This week also sees the Challenge Cup Final...

World Cup 2013 Promotional Video.

Various Looks like this week has seen the first of the promotional videos for next years world cup role out. I have to say I like it. It has 7 teams in there including the welsh who were not at the last one. Lets hope that future promotional videos will also show highlights from games like the qualifiers and show off some of the other nations. I am sure we can get Scotland, Ireland and Samoa in there as well. No...

A Topsy Turvey Week

By Various This week has seen some good and bad news in the world of Rugby League. As it is this is the way it goes sometimes. News about Larrat stepping down in France, the Bradford Bulls going into administration and the State of Origin Selection farce rears its head once more, these are never good, but there also have been some great positives. Lebanon are preparing for their tour of Canada, BARLA had a...
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