From the QRL News Desk - November 19

Bid on World Cup jerseys to help support bushfire relief


by NRL Media


From legendary Petero Civoniceva's last international team jersey, to the Cinderella story of the USA Tomahawks and the UK Jersey proudly worn by the band of Burgess brother, these are just three of the stories behind the 14 World Cup Jerseys are now on sale as the game continues to support the rebuild of the NSW communities affected by Octobers bushfires at NRL/auctions.com

Organised by RLPA President, Clint Newton, who was playing with the USA Tomahawks, the NRL in partnership with the RLPA are auctioning 14 World Cup team jerseys.

Amongst the nations at this years Rugby League World Cup, 120 Aussies have played in the representing nations Italy, France, Samoa, Scotland, Fiji, England, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Wales, USA, Cook Islands, Ireland and Tonga.

Their ranks include Clint Newton, Neville Costigan, Peter Wallace, Akuila Uate, the Simms brothers, Anthony Minichiello, Brett White, Luke Douglas, Brent Kite and Anthony Milford.

This is an incredibly unique opportunity because every jersey has a special story to tell with an Australian Rugby League player involved, Newton said.

The World Cup brings together players from so many different countries and backgrounds and is the perfect example of how our sport brings people together and the support given by competing nations for this important cause has been truly wonderful.

We are wary that the tragic situation that affected so many people in October may just be the beginning with very hot conditions forecast for the summer and are keen to ensure that we continue the games fundraising efforts.


Capras sign French front-rower


By Capras Media



The Capras last week announced they have bolstered their forward pack even further with the signing of French front-rower Sebastien Martins.

Martins is a veteran of 40 super league games and has represented his country on three occasions. Martins who recently celebrated his 27th birthday will further strengthen the Capras pack, which is taking on a formidable shape.

Coach Jason Hetherington said he was excited about the size the Capras pack will possess in 2014.

Arlin Paki and Sebastien Martins weigh in over the 120kg mark and are both very fit for men of their size. Add in Piercey (Sam Pierce), Monsta (John Clayton) and Bobby Nona who will all play around the 110kg mark and Im very confident our pack will have some punch, Hetherington said.

Martins played last year for the premiership winning Queanbeyan Roos in Canberra starring in a man-of-the-match performance in the grand-final.

CQ Capras Operations Manager Walson Carlos said the club was had not finished it recruitment for 2014 just yet.

I think one of the things we identified from 2013 was that our depth just wasnt there when the wear and tear of the season started to take its toll. In the short-term, it has been necessary for us to be active in the recruitment market to bolster our depth for 2014, Carlos said.

I also expect the systems we have put in place with our 16s, 18s and 21s programs will see more and more CQ products playing Intrust Super Cup football for the Capras in the future.


Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles membership offer


While the new season is still a few months away; Intrust Super Cup clubs are all looking to sign up members in time for 2014.

The Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles have put together a membership package for the new season (see the attached flyer for more details on the membership offers).


Sunshine Coast supporter Level Eleven Photography is offering to give the first 100 season members to sign on for the next season a $250 voucher as a thank you.


Visit http://www.sunshineseaeagles.com.au/ for more news from the club.


Footy stats but not as you know it


For those who love number; the NRL and ABS have launched their new Footy Stats program last month. The NRL Footy Stats program provides a fun and interactive introduction to the world of statistics. The program involves kids participating in a range of footy activities and learning how to collect, analyse, interpret and communicate basic statistical concepts with the guidance of a facilitator.

In a move which is set to benefit teachers and parents who are helping children with their numbers, the NRL Footy Stats Program includes a Facilitator Guide and Activity Sheets for the seven different activities.


These resources can be printed off as required at the Australian Bureau of Statistic website.