Rugby League: Triangular contest reborn

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THE annual triangular contest between England, Wales and France is to be revived after a 14-year gap, writes Dave Hadfield. The competition will resume next season, at the instigation of the French, who have demonstrated in recent matches against Wales and Great Britain that they have become more competitive over the last 12 months.

'We are thrilled to bits at their improvement,' the Rugby League's chief executive, Maurice Lindsay, said. 'The revival of the tournament will give them further encouragement.'

The three-cornered competition last ran from 1975 to 1981, when it was abandoned because the Welsh were considered no longer strong enough to justify it. Great Britain will continue to play France once a season, but additional matches for both England and Wales next season will help both British teams in their preparation for the Centenary World Cup, in which they will compete as separate entities. Britain and France are to continue their co-operation on coaching techniques.

The Australian captain, Mal Meninga, has confirmed that he would be interested in rejoining St Helens, the club he played for 10 years ago, after the Kangaroo tour this autumn.