MIKE Saunders, fullback Layne Green and teenage stand-off Darren Tonihi will make their Bartercard Cup debuts for the Canterbury Bulls today in this seasons Bartercard Cup openener when the Bull face Waitakere Rangers in Auckland.
BEAUTIFUL day in the City of Sails saw the return of the Warriors Fan Day and also combined a trial match between the Warriors and the new entrant in the NSWRL Premier League, The Auckland Lions.
QUOTE - Helen Clark, Prime Minister
THE governing body of rugby league in New Zealand's credibility as a wise and just body must surely be called into question following their decision last week to allow Shaun Williams-Metcalf to be re-instated back into rugby league after his callous and cowardly attempt to abort his then girlfriend?s unborn child.Williams-Metcalf, accompanied by a couple of mates tried (unsuccessfully) to kick the unborn child out of the young woman's body.
Williams-Metcalf was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in the District Court on 27 May 2004. He had earlier pleaded guilty to three charges that jointly with two others, he:
(a) With intent to procure the miscarriage of a young woman, he unlawfully used violence against her in the form of an assault. (Sec 183 (1) (c) Crimes Act 1961.)
(b) Aggravated robbery by robbing the same young woman of a cell phone (Sec 235 (1)(b) Crimes Act 1961).
(c) Injuring the same young woman with intent to injure her (Sec 189 (2) Crimes Act 1961).
Williams-Metcalf then had the cheek to apply for home detention. His application was refused by the New Zealand Parole Board.
"The offending was premeditated, callous and brutal. It has had serious consequences for the victim as far as her confidence and self esteem is concerned and it will be a long time, if ever, before she fully recovers. We have interviewed her along with her mother and grandfather. Not unreasonably they are strongly opposed to this application and we are bound to take her views into account." and refused his application for home detention.
Williams-Metcalf's ex girlfriend is the victim of this crime and she has asked the New Zealand Rugby League to refuse his application to play rugby league.
After initially saying that Williams-Metcalf would never play again in New Zealand, The New Zealand Rugby League board has decided the three Auckland 17-year-olds, suspended, can rejoin the code.
TODAY'S the day a lot of NZ Warrior fans have been dreading. Ali Lauiti'iti will let the club know of his plans for his immediate future and judging by the news we are being bombarded with by the over zealous kiwi press, it looks as though there will be no turning back for Ali.
NRL chief, David Gallop has publicly stated that the NRL will not tolerate players or team officials verbally abusing the games referees or touch judges.
SOUTH Sydney continued their run of good form by beating West Tigers 38-24 at Leichhart Oval this afternoon.
PARRAMATA could count themselves unlucky in their 24-25 loss to the Cronulla Sharks this afternoon.
SOME of the most ferocious games of rugby league have been the games between Australia and Great Britain.Always hotly contested, the rivalry between the 2 countries has been simmering now for nearly 100 years.