PARRAMATTA'S Brian Smith is set to be named as Country Origin coach for the third straight year today for rugby league's annual City-Country match.
THE Wests Tigers have made an application to the National Rugby League to seek leave to appeal the length of suspension imposed upon Luke O'Donnell.
CANBERRA skipper Simon Woolford has been given a deadline of Thursday to prove his fitness to play in this weekend's National Rugby League clash with Penrith.
MELBOURNE centre Aaron Moule is back in the frame for first grade selection after making a successful return for the Storm's feeder club, Brisbane North's, yesterday.
THE bad news has continued for South Sydney in the wake of last night's loss to North Queensland, with captain Bryan Fletcher charged with a careless high tackle by the National Rugby League judiciary.
NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan is expected to name centre Mark Hughes on the bench today for his side's NRL clash with Melbourne at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday night.
CANBERRA backs Mark Mclinden and James Evans will undergo fitness tests this week to determine their availability for the Raiders' trip to Penrith on Saturday night.
CANBERRA forward Michael Hodgson will be available for the Raiders' National Rugby League game against Penrith on Saturday after entering an early guilty plea to a careless high tackle charge.
SYDNEY Roosters centre Shannon Hegarty will miss up to three weeks after suffering a sternum injury in yesterday's one-point loss to Penrith in the National Rugby League.
THREE players have been charged today with careless high tackles by the National Rugby League judiciary.