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Australian Institute of Sport Under 18's celebrate their '06 Tour wins, AIS Vs England Academy Under 17's  Photo : ourfootyMate -  R.L.A. Images.  (Peter Morley) AIS AUSSIES CLEENSWEEP EUROPEAN TOUR TO WIN 4/4
BFL/OF Media - 02/12 In very blustery conditions at the South Leeds Stadium, The Australian Institute of Sport backed a committed opening half of defence with some razor sharp second half attacking plays to defeat the England Academy Under 17's.... Learn More
The Welsh Under 19's score a great team try against the Aussie Schoolboys '06 AUSSIE SCHOOLBOYS BRUSH BARLA ASIDE AUSSIE EXCLUSIVE : 01/12 Two Queensland Schoolboys that that play great team rugby League in every squad that they are involved in are now internationally tipped as 'stars of the future', claimed a hat trick this evening as the Australian Schoolboys to a 58-12 victory over BARLA Under 18s .. Learn More
THE WARRIOR  NSW south Coast fella Luke MUTTDON loses a bit of claret against the Welsh '06 (Action Photo : Ian Lovell  (UK)AUSSIE SCHOOLBOYS PUT ON TWO TRIES WITH 'BILLY' IN THE BIN
05/12 The Australian Schoolboys maintained their unbeaten run following this eight try victory over a spirited and resilient Great Britain Community Lions side in a biting blustery and ice cold win at Doncaster RUFC.
The Schoolboys were made to work hard especially in the second half playing into the wind and only leading by 10 points at the break and a player down following the sin binning of Will Matthews.. Learn More
GB LIONSBrilliant Aussies spoil Luke's GB debutBrilliant Aussies spoil Luke's GB debut
07/12 DRIGHLINGTON'S Luke Pennington
came up against Australian opposition for the first time when he made his debut for the BARLA Great Britain under-18s last week. Pennington, who has been playing in Drig's first team this year in the Pennine Premier Division after a spell with Hunslet Hawks' Academy, started in the second row, wearing the number 11 shirt, as the British team took on an Australian Schoolboys side.
But despite a battling effort he was to finish disappointed as the tourists won 58-12 in a game played at Whitehaven.. Learn More
Chris SandowDREAMTIME OF A LITTLE MASTER CHRIS Sandow is the little five-eighth with the magician's instincts, one from a small Aboriginal community in Queensland. It's early in the tour and wherever he goes he is having trouble being understood.
"Everything I say I have to repeat," he says, a little stumped by it.
Forget about his first trip to England, which he is making now as part of the Australian Schoolboys, Sandow is making his first proper trip anywhere.. Learn More
Nathan STRUDWICK on the Burst  (Photo : - Dave Williams UK )THE MATCH WAS WORTHY OF TEST MATCH STATUS & WAS VERY MUCH " A match of two halves".

The English academy had the best of the first half with three tries off the back of Australian mistakes.

The only points for the Aussies came off two kicks into the opponent's ingoal.

The first was from a Chris Sandow kick that was fumbled by the winger with Joel Thompson diving on it for a 4 pointer.

The second in the 27th minute saw a try to winger Shannon Walker after a well placed kick by Mitchell Pearce to the same corner. The half time score was England 16-8 with the Aussies needing plenty to get back in the game especially with Joseph Paulo in the sin bin for 10 minutes ( including 7 minutes of the 2nd half) MATCH REPORT see the score and match photos | IN THE LOCKER ROOM |
ASSRL Team Manager - Andrew Peach and a good bloke GOOD LUCK IN THE 2ND TEST JOEYS, GO HARD TONIGHT ! 15/12 8 am UPDATE -
Today was a training day for the touring Aussies, Coach Simon Huntley went with some of the guys to visit Wigan Staduim, which is home to SuperLeague side Wigan Warriors.
The entire team is PUMPED and ready for the challenge of the English Academy in the 2 Test tonight.
The Squad will very busy for the next day or so, and are packing up their gear for the French leg of this so far successful tour. So after the game the boys will be getting back to their Hotel at about midnight, then they have to sleep, get their stuff and be at the airport by 5am for the flight to Toulouse, France. Thanks to Andrew Peach, ASSRL Team Manager for his time and your today's update (ourfooty media. ) * WE WILL HAVE ACTION PHOTO'S OF THE 2ND TEST TOMORROW & THE MATCH REPORT TOO - the home of Junior Rugby League
Taylor and Ryan Ridland and Year 8 academy students Brendan Treston, Ian Read, Kody Morrison, Joel Paterson, Josh Doherty, James Howard and Daniel Vitali.MACKAY SHS RUGBY LEAGUE ACADEMY HELPS SAVE LIVES 15/12 Following the success of the Year 9 Academy’s Walk for Life charity efforts earlier in the year, a group of Year 8 Mackay State High School Rugby League Academy students recently took timeout from their weekend to help raise funds for the Mackay Surf Life Saving Club.

Seven academy members and two of their teacher’s doorknocked an allocated area to raise much needed money for the deserving volunteer organisation.

Teachers Nathan Doyle and Terry Able were joined by Academy players and junior lifesavers Taylor and Ryan Ridland and Year 8 academy students Brendan Treston, Ian Read, Kody Morrison, Joel Paterson, Josh Doherty, James Howard and Daniel Vitali.. Learn More
15/12 THE NRL has taken what it believes is a significant step towards vastly improving relations between players and referees.

Referees this week began visiting every NRL club to conduct lessons and clinics in what is a concerted two-pronged attack; first, to limit dissent levelled against them and second, to recruit players as officials of the future.. Learn More

NRL.COMNRL'S PLAN TO KEEP YOUNG TALENT 13/12 RUGBY league made a decisive move in the battle for junior footballing talent yesterday by rubber- stamping an NRL under-20s competition for 2008 - with under-18s and under-16s to follow.. Learn More
ARL SET TO APPROVE NATIONAL YOUTH COMP 12/12 PROVING not all visions in rugby league are fatally blurred, the national youth competition is expected to receive the green light today despite continuing resistance from Queensland.. Learn More
Marist College Student Mitchell Pearce tries a new way thru' the defence, or rought play ? U decide (Photo : - Dave Williams UK )ONE DOWN - ONE TO GO, AUSSIES GET 1/2 THE JOB DONE
The Australian Schoolboys achieved the first step in the 2006 campaign to reclaim ascendancy in the World Schoolboys Rugby League.

10/12 - Australia had a narrow escape last night in the first test against the ENGLAND ACADEMY (GB) Under 18's.

After coming from behind at the change 16 - 8, the Aussies opened the second half of the 1 st Test with plenty of powerful 'go forward' which allowed the talented backs some space to let the ball sing in the crisp Bradford air.

But a try by Sydney's, St. Gregorys College student and Australian Fullback Chris LAWRENCE, put the English Professionals on the back foot, and they could not hold out these talented young Australian's in the last few minutes left in the game, only to see the Aussies poured on the juice and cross over the English line for two late try's.
1:30 pm Update : MATCH REPORT see the score and match photos | IN THE LOCKER ROOM |

10/12 A NEW trans-Tasman tug of war is brewing following revelations that four of the stars on the Australian Schoolboys tour of Europe are eligible to play for New Zealand.

And in a move that has outraged Kangaroos greats, gun half Liam Foran has declared he aspires to replace Stacey Jones as New Zealand's long-term halfback. Foran, 17, is being groomed as a representative player of the future during the Schoolboys tour and is also in contention for the Melbourne five-eighth spot vacated by London-bound Scott Hill.
Yet although he is wearing the green and gold, Foran has pledged his allegiance to the Kiwis.. Learn More

The Kempsey U-20s kick up their heels in the Macleay River. / The Daily TelegraphRIVER OF TALENT
09/12 THE weed infested Macleay River is the unlikeliest spring for freakish footballing talent.
But having tossed up Greg Inglis last year, the same brown waters are again bubbling with a new generation of stars raised from the same well as the NRL's hottest prospect.. Learn More
Aussies on the Rampage (Action Photo : Ian Lovell (Ian Lovell Photography (UK)KANGAROOS JUST TOO MUCH BOUNCE FOR WALES
27/11 WALES were well beaten by some slick handling and some real gas as the Australian Schoolboys ran out 68-14 winners. MATCH REPORT : Blackwood RFC's first ever staging of a rugby league was a great success for the dual-code club with an estimated 600 fans packed into the Gwent ground.. Learn More
Michael Maxwel, British Lions with a very big heart after the game against the Australian Schoolboys ( Photo : his mum )COMMENT BY ENGLISH FAMILY ON ASSRL Vs BARLA GAME
01/12 Hello from a wet Cumbria in England. - Our son played in the Barla GB squad at Copeland Stadium last night (sat night) and our family would like to congratulate the Australian Schoolboys for their outstanding performance at last nights game at the Copeland Stadium Whitehaven.
They played the kind of rugby league that every school boy in England dreams about. - They were a credit to themselves, their families and their country. Well done to one and all and we look forward to following some of stars of the future.. Learn More
Sonny Bill WilliamsWILLIAMS DOG'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED 08/121 BULLDOGS forward Sonny Bill Williams has warned his spate of injuries has forced him into a career rethink - and may result in him walking out on the club after next season.. Learn More
COUNTRY LOSES SHOWPIECE FROM 2008 07/12 SUBSTANTIAL changes to the rugby league schedule may see the annual City-Country contest staged in Sydney.. Learn More
Thursday 7 December, 2006 MEDIA RELEASE

The NRL will today launch a major new community initiative with a spectacular Christmas Party involving players from all NSW clubs joining children from nominated charities at Luna Park.

Using the strong profile of Rugby League the ‘One Community’ programme will work across all levels of the game - players, volunteers, supporters and corporate partners - to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

The programme will specifically focus on improving the lives of children and families who are in need.

One Community will also respond to key public needs by building strategic partnerships in the areas of health, education and social issues.

“Through the One Community program we’re looking to showcase the game’s already strong community involvement and build further interaction between all levels of the game and the community,” NRL Chief Executive Mr David Gallop said today.

“Rugby League has a unique ability to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the One Community program will be an important feature of our game moving forward.

“This program will provide a clear direction for our community involvement so we can have maximum impact for our efforts.

“Players are very aware of their ability to inspire others, similarly they take a great deal of inspiration from the people they meet when they are out and about.”

Using a tender process the One Community Programme has identified four major national charities to partner in 2007:

1. Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia: Funds research, equipment and support services for children and families within five of Australia’s Children’s Hospitals (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth).
2. Lifeline Australia: Providing people with access to emotional care services.
3. Youngcare: Raising awareness and helping young people with high care needs and living in Aged Care homes.
4. National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The One Community programme will also introduce several new initiatives including Learning with League educational programmes, a major book drive and a special awards night to recognize the efforts of volunteers and players who go above and beyond the call of duty with charity work.

At the same time the NRL and players will maintain existing relationships with an extensive array of charity programmes.

Today’s party will see a visit from Santa Claus and gifts for all children. The party is open to all media with official proceedings to commence at 11am.

The three Queensland teams will host similar functions at Dreamworld next Tuesday 12 December and the Melbourne Storm will take Christmas Cheer to the Royal Melbourne Childrens Hospital next Wednesday 13 December.

Big decision...Mat Rogers outside Waratahs headquarters yesterday. / The Daily TelegraphMATT HAS 7 DAYS TO DECIDE 05/12 MAT Rogers has gone away for a week of soul-searching to contemplate his football future after pouring out his heart to Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie yesterday.. Learn More
Considering league career...Wallaby Mark Gerrard. / The Daily TelegraphWALLABY WALKOUT 04/12 WALLABY winger Mark Gerrard has revealed shock plans to follow Mat Rogers and possibly Lote Tuqiri back to rugby league.. Learn More
Philosophical … HayneTHE DOORS OPEN, HAYNES WAITING FOR THE SUN 04/12 JARRYD Hayne had double vision during the Tri-Nations. And it had nothing to do with boozy nights for the only Australian player who failed to play one minute of football during the tournament.. Learn More
The Australian Schoolboys have opened their tour of Wales, England and France with a resounding 68-14 win against the Wales Under-19s at Bridgend, Wales today.

Fielding a side bristling with the best Under-18 talent the country has to offer, the Schoolboys scored first points off their first set of the match, when a Shannon Walker (Palm Beach Currumbin State High) break was converted by Obadiah Geia (Kirwan State High School).

Patrician Brother’s Joseph Paulo scored off the ensuing restart, before a further ten tries completed the rout for the Australians, who will play the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) schools side on Wednesday at The Coupland Stadium, before facing the Great Britain Under-18 Young Lions on Saturday at Doncaster Rugby Union Club.

A full match report of the Schoolboys’ clash with the Welsh Under-19s is available at

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS 68 (Will Matthews, Obadiah Geia 4, Israel Folau 3, Shannon Walker, Joseph Paulo, Will Mataka, Chris Sandow try, 5 goals, Chris Lawrence 5 goals) bt Wales Under-19s 14

Mark Gasnier's move to five eighth has been viewed as a gamble by bookies GAS AT 5/8, DON'T THINK SO 03/121 MARK Gasnier's switch to five-eighth next season has struck fear into punters with St George Illawarra outsiders for the 2007 premiership.. Learn More
South Sydney RabbitohsNOW RABBITOHS WANT LOTE 03/12 SOUTH Sydney is the latest NRL club to enter the race to sign Australia rugby union player Lote Tuqiri, as the ARU intensifies its efforts to retain the dual international.. Learn More

NSWRL MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 5 th December 2006

Rugby League today mourns the passing of one of the sport’s most dedicated and long serving officials, Mr Eric Cox, O.A.M.

A former player, referee, administrator, ‘ground manager’ and until the time of his death an active Vice President of the NSWRL and a member of the NSWRL Leagues Club Board, Eric Cox, was a part of the game’s character for almost 75 years.

His ‘tough as nails’ persona carried through in recent weeks as the 83 year old battled pneumonia, the result of Asbestosis, and then a stroke while still talking of his wish to reach his 75th year in the game at the 2008 World Cup.

Born in Burwood in 1923, Eric Cox began what would be a life-long love affair with the game of rugby league as a Ball Boy in Lismore and then as a player until he signed on with the Royal Australian Navy in 1940.

During World War 2 he saw active service principally on board HMS Kanimbla, and his support for Australia’s servicemen and women remained a fierce passion for his remaining years.

The time also heightened his reputation for self discipline and his insistence on proper procedure. His fierce dedication to both would influence the training of generations of Rugby League’s most senior referees in years to come, while the generosity he showed with his time and experience would leave nobody in doubt about the caring disposition that was the heart of the man.

Remaining in the service after the war, Eric played for Brisbane Valleys as a centre and lock and in Townsville before heading back to Sydney where he coached St George’s President’s Cup team in 1950.

The next year he was awarded his referee’s certificate going on to become a graded referee and a leading figure in both the St George District and NSW Referees’ Associations.

In 1978 he was appointed the NSWRL Director of referees, a post he held for five years.

As the game’s match day presentation became more professional in the 80’s, Eric was the forerunner of the professional ground manager, ensuring that every aspect of game day operations was followed.

Respected by players coaches, stadium staff and officials (despite some often ‘blustery’ confrontations), the old navy man earned the nickname ‘the Bosun’.

Famous for running a particularly `tight ship’, he was noted for his refusal to bend the rules for even the biggest stars.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for services to Rugby League as a referee, player, coach and administrator.

Eric is survived by his wife of 59 years Colleen, sons David and Chris and daughter Julie and nine grand children.

“It’s simply the end of an era,” NRL Chief Executive Mr David Gallop said today.

“Eric Cox was just a part of the game that we all connected with and he will be sadly missed.”

ARL Chairman, Mr Colin Love, said that Eric’s contribution to the game could not the overstated:

“He was a life member of the NSWRL, the NSW Referees Association and he was also an important part of our lives in the game.

“Eric’s experience and wisdom assisted many committees and competitions, often without public recognition and he will be sadly missed.” Funeral details will be advised when they become available.

No comment...Mat Rogers at a charity golf day yesterday. / The Daily TelegraphSILENT MATT HAS TONGUES WAGING 02/12 COLD-FOOTED Wallaby star Mat Rogers last night kept rugby union officials guessing by refusing to dispel speculation he will seek an immediate release to return to the NRL.. Learn More
Canberra RaidersTHREE STRIKES TOO MANY 02/12 The Canberra Raiders have opposed a plan to give players three chances before being suspended for a positive result in out-of-competition drug testing.. Learn More
AIS/ARL vs England Under 17'sENGLISH CONFIDENT OF PUTTING ON A 'GOOD SHOW OLD BOY' THE AIS/ARL UNDER 18's play Game 4 of their European and UK Tour with a game against the ENGLAND UNDER 17's at Leeds Stadium on Thursday November 30 th. (tonight) With two Australian Representitive teams in the United Kingdom at the moment there is plenty of footy happening.
The Australian AIS/ARL under 18's are unbeaten so far this tour after impressive wins in France last week followed by a very tough test against the Great Britain Commiunity Lions in which the Aussies boys sneeked home with a brilliant last minute try to Australian winger Kurt Beahan.. Learn More
Matt Rogers just wants to play footyTITANS FANS CIRCLE FED-UP ROGERS 01/12 THE Gold Coast Titans are ready to launch an audacious bid to sign Mat Rogers for next year - and the club can pay him up to $200,000 for the season.. Learn More O'Meley linked with SharksO'MELEY LINKED WITH SHARKS 01/12 AUSTRALIAN enforcer Mark O'Meley is poised to walk away from the Bulldogs to join the Sharks in 2008. Sharks chief executive Greg Pierce last night confirmed the Shire outfit was interested in luring the prop after his Bulldogs contract expires.. Learn More

Australian Schoolboys under 18 team (photo : )KANGAROOS JUST TOO MUCH BOUNCE FOR WALES

27/11 WALES were well beaten by some slick handling and some real gas as the Australian Schoolboys ran out 68-14 winners. MATCH REPORT :

Luke Priddis and his wife are real championsPRIDDIS HELPS THE KIDS 29/11 LUKE Priddis knows his football career won't last forever, so the Penrith hooker has decided to use his profile to help others while he's still in the spotlight.. Learn mOre
Schoolboys Kangaroos get it on with England U18's WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE STARS OF THE FUTURE
29/11 (In London) THIS AFTERNOON sees the welcome return to these shores of the Australian Combined High Schools after a two year absence –.. Learn More
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England Rugby League LogoFriday 24 November 2006

Lions Ready For Toughest Challenge Yet

Great Britain U18 Community Lions v Australian Schoolboys
Sunday 3 December
Doncaster RUFC
KO: 2.00pm
Adults: £5 – Concessions: Free

The Great Britain U18 Community Lions are prepared for their toughest challenge yet, as they come face to face with the 2006 Australian Schoolboys.

The renowned Schoolboys have a reputation for producing future stars, and over the years have provided a major career stepping stone for players such as Brad Fittler, Jamie Lyon and Greg Inglis to name but a few.

After agonisingly losing to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in the final minute last night, Great Britain Manager Joe Elliott is confident his chargers can raise their game further against such formidable opposition.

“Although we were desperately unlucky to lose against the AIS, I was happy with the overall performance of the side,” said Elliott.

“After playing France and then the AIS we know that the Australian Schoolboys will provide us with an even greater challenge, however I am confident we will acquit ourselves well.”

Australian Schoolboys President Bruce Wallace is also looking forward to the encounter.

“The match against the Great Britain U18 Community Lions is another first for us and I am sure it will provide another exciting challenge for our young side.”.. Learn More
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