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.
NEWCASTLE Knights superstar Andrew Johns is set to make a dramatic switch to rugby union despite declaring he would stay in rugby league just weeks ago.
MANLY have continued bolstering their forward pack for the 2005 National Rugby League season by signing Dragons star Brent Kite to a four-year deal.
ANDREW Johns is yet to make a decision on a possible switch to rugby union after another dramatic day in the battle for his signature.
FORMER Canterbury and Parramatta star Jason Smith will return to the NRL next year after signing a contract with the Canberra Raiders.
ANDREW Johns will announce he has re-signed with the Newcastle Knights and rejected an offer from rugby union.