TAWERA Nikau and Richie Barnett have no problems with the trend toward Australian-born players donning the black and white jersey.
MISSING out on the 23-strong Australian Tri-Nations squad has not worried ex-Parramatta centre Jamie Lyon.
ROYCE Simmons and Bryan Hider have continued their golden run when they took Tonga to a bruising International Rugby League win over Samoa.
STEVE Price certainly knows he is back playing for Australia, rather than the Warriors league team.
THE Counties-Manukau Jetz will have a size advantage in the Bartercard Cup rugby league preliminary final on Sunday, and Mt Albert will have to play smart footy rather than physical to win it.
LONDON Broncos have made Australian hooker Chad Randall their first signing for 2006 ending speculation the former Sea Eagles would join the New Zealand Warriors.
KIWI prop Paul Rauhihi has vowed to dominate opposing hardman John Skandalis in an effort to demoralise the Wests Tigers' young players in Sunday's National Rugby League grand final.
PAT Richards has been cleared to play in tomorrow's NRL grand final against North Queensland, giving the Wests Tigers a huge boost on the eve of the decider.
A fitness test this morning will determine the grand final fate of giant Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards, with young flyer Shannon McDonnell poised to rekindle memories of another Tim Sheens selection stunt on the eve of the grand final.
JUST over three and a half years ago Tim Sheens was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys, who believed his time as a coach in the NRL had come to an end.