TIM Mander has confirmed his status as the game's new number one referee, today being appointed whistle blower for the season opening clash between defending premiers Penrith and the Newcastle Knights on Friday night.
IT would appear that Steve Mortimer is losing control of the Bulldogs, with confirmation that his pleas for players to look more presentable when being interviewed by police fell on deaf ears.
PENRITH Panthers fullback Rhys Wesser will be out to claim his first State of Origin jumper this year with confirmation that Brisbane's Darren Lockyer is no longer a threat.
SIX Bulldogs players are set to be charged over the alleged sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman in Coffs Harbour last month.
MELBOURNE Storm boss John Ribot says he did the right thing by not telling the NRL about sexual assault allegations against two of the club's players.
THE St George-Illawarra Dragons have this afternoon announced St George Bank will be their major sponsor for the 2004 National Rugby League season.
IT'S understood that Bulldogs players are not answering direct questions from Police over the alleged sexual assault of a young woman at Coffs Harbour last month.
THERE are unconfirmed reports this evening that two Melbourne Storm players are under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman.
BRISBANE Broncos captain Gorden Tallis has questioned decisions made by referee Tim Mander during the club's trial match against the Sydney Roosters last weekend.
BRISBANE Broncos fullback Darren Lockyer has apologised for comments he made relating to the Bulldogs sex scandal at a corporate function today.