BLUES coach Ricky Stuart lit the fuse for another representative selection bunfight by declaring he could not guarantee Australian players a spot in the Blues side.
DYNAMIC Melbourne speedster Billy Slater has recovered from his injury problems and declared his intention to enter the crowded race for the Queensland No.1 jersey.
THE players in the 2004 City v Country Origin game have been named. For Country, Willie Mason, Amos Roberts and Glenn Morrison are named after a great start to their respective NRL seasons.
For City, Brett Hodgson's good form this season for Wests Tigers has been rewarded.
MELBOURNE chief John Ribot has questioned the validity of the City-Country rugby league match after top players were ruled out today for the second time in three years.
STACEY Jones comesback again, with the mercurial halfback planning to play off the bench for the Kiwis against France on Saturday.
STANDOFF Nigel Vagana will be available for the Tri-Nations final should the Kiwis make it and he could yet partner Stacey Jones in the halves, with the Kiwi halfback set to extend his international comeback against France on Saturday morning.
BRIAN Nobles Great Britain team will go into next Saturday's Tri-Nations clash against Australia completely aware of what is required to reach the final - either a three-point win or a two-point victory, scoring 48 points or more.
Any other result will mean that Australia and New Zealand will meet at Elland Road on November 26.
NEW Zealand had only to lose yesterday's Tri-Nations match against Great Britain by less than 23 points to make the final.
KANGAROOS captain Danny Buderus has declared it's "game on" for Saturday night's Tri-Nations rugby league match against Great Britain after the hosts' convincing win over the Kiwis.
PAUL Wellens is the second Great Britain player following scrum-half Paul Deacon to be ruled out for the rest of the Gillette Tri-Nations, leaving his side without a specialist full-back to face Australia at Hull on Saturday.