BRISBANE BRONCOS vs PARRAMATTA EELSFri Jun 7, ANZ Stadium, 7.30pm
FIVE players have been charged from round twelve matches with Broncos rookie, Nathan Friend, charge withe two seperate incidents from Friday night's clash with the Wests Tigers. He has been charged with dropping a knee and a dangerous throw and if he takes an early guilty plea he will miss two weeks.
DISGRACED former South African Cricket captain Hansie Cronje has been killed in a plane crash in his home country of South Africa. It is believed Cronje was the sole passenger along with two pilots on a cargo plane that came down in bad weather in the countrys south.
TRENT Barrett has been ruled out of Origin II with a calf injury after failing a fitness test this afternoon and his place in the squad has been taken by Melbourne five eighth, Scott Hill.
JOHN Singleton has made personal presentations to news limited heavyweights Lachlan Murdoch and John Hartigan for a 16th NRL franchise to be located on the Central Coast of New South Wales and will play out of Gosfords North Power Stadium.
THE bottom three sides of the NRL, Penrith, North Queensland and Canberra have all recorded victories to create a logjam at the bottom end of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Canberra have moved to nine points with their victory over the Northern Eagles and only sit one point outside the top eight while Penrith and North Queensland both move to eight points with wins over the Roosters and Dragons respectively.
AS the 2002 NRL season progresses, it has become evident that some people who have a supposed vested interest in our game are either asleep at the wheel or totally incompetent. I'll go for the latter.
ROOSTERS backrower Craig Fitzgibbon has been placed on standby and will come into the New South Wales side for game two if Bryan Fletcher fails a medical on his injured ankle. Fletcher has been give until Sunday to prove his fitness and is rated as doubtful at this stage. The Blues may also use the same loophole as Lote Tuqiri should aonther NSW forward fail to be fit in time for next Wednesday's clash.
FOR the first time this year, the Canberra Raiders have recorded back to back victories with an impressive 28-16 victory over the Northern Eagles. Canberra now have next week off with the bye and must start preparing for their match against the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday, June 16.
QUEENSLAND have named a side without Lote Tuqiri as he has to face the match review committe over a lifting incident from yesterdays loss to St George Illawarra.