A New South Wales State of Origin player is set to be dumped from the squad following controversy surrounding a lude voice message left on the phone of a 27-year-old woman.
FORMER Parramatta, Australian and New South Wales legend Brett Kenny says the State of Origin series has the potential to save rugby league and divert attention from the current problems engulfing the game.
BULLDOGS centre Willie Tonga has been called into the Queensland side for next Wednesday night?s second State of Origin match at Brisbane?s Suncorp Stadium.
QUEENSLAND have made just two changes to the side beaten by New South Wales last month for the second State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium next week.
DRAGONS fullback Ben Hornby has been dumped from the New South Wales State of Origin side for the second game of the three match series, to be played in Brisbane next week.
SEAN Hampstead has confirmed his position as the game?s best referee, with the ARL confirming his appointment as referee for the first State of Origin match at Stadium Australia next Wednesday.
PENRITH will have skipper Craig Gower back before the finals after he had successful knee surgery yesterday afternoon.
BULLDOGS captain Steve Price could make a dramatic switch to the New Zealand Warriors next year after rumours that the struggling club are set to offer him a major financial deal for the 2005 season.
NEWCASTLE Knights captain Andrew Johns has ended the battle for his signature by announcing he has re-signed with the National Rugby League club for a further two years.
THE Newcastle Knights are set to sign Matt Orford from the Melbourne Storm and are now virtually resigned to the fact that they have lost superstar halfback Andrew Johns.