FLASHBACK: August 1997

IN welcome news for rugby league after a number of raids by rugby union, prolific try scoring winger, Martin Offiah announced he would return to the 13 man code to play for London Broncos.
Offiah had been playing for Bedford Rugby Union. He would finish his playing career at London union club, Wasps.
Hull FC announced they had signed Fijian, Fili Seru from the Illawarra Steelers and resigned Kiwi star, Maea David.
St Helens sacked Bobby Goulding as captain for disciplinary reasons, one of many such instances in a decorated, but turbulent career.
Bradford Bulls clinched the 1997 Stones Super League Championship after a season in which the English clubs were generally embarrassed by Australian Super League outfits in the World Club Challenge.
Super League officials had been hoping for a northern hemisphere v southern hemisphere final, but instead the match was fought out in Auckland between Australian clubs, Brisbane Broncos and Hunter Mariners. The Mariners were coached by Graham Murray, who died last month aged 58. It was a remarkable coaching achievement given Murray was handed a makeshift side.
Also in August, 1997 English lower division clubs, Carlisle and Lancashire Lynx took a match to Hawick in the Scottish Borders, a rugby union stronghold. But Hawick had produced one of Great Britain’s finest rugby league players, Dave Valentine who captained the Lions to victory in the inaugural World Cup in France in 1954.

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