DEFENDING premiers Penrith have been knocked about by injury and the judiciary in the lead-up to the finals, with Ben Ross, Joel Clinton and Joe Galuvao all facing time on the sidelines.
PENRITH captain Craig Gower is expected to make an early comeback from a knee injury and play against the Canberra Raiders this weekend in an attempt to turn around the Panthers? form slump.
PENRITH will have virtually their full strength side on the field against the Canberra Raiders this Saturday after Queensland forward Ben Ross was tonight cleared of a striking charge by the NRL judiciary.
2003 Grand Final centre Paul Whatuira has signed with the Wests Tigers, it was confirmed today.
PREMIERSHIP winning winger Luke Rooney has been called into the New South Wales side to replace Anthony Minichiello, who became the second player in as many days to be sacked by ARL officials over the mobile phone voice message affair.
NEW South Wales officials have taken a firm stance against misbehaving players, today throwing the Blues preparation into chaos by dropping a further player from next Wednesday night?s first State of Origin match at Telstra Stadium.
ST George-Illawarra Dragons star Mark Gasnier has been dumped from the New South Wales State of Origin squad, it was confirmed this afternoon.
PENRITH captain Craig Gower could miss the rest of the State of Origin series after suffering a knee injury during last night?s 9-8 win by New South Wales over Queensland at Telstra Stadium.
PENRITH captain and New South Wales halfback Craig Gower has demanded an apology over being fined by the ARL and plans to appeal the decision.
CONTROVERSIAL forward Willie Mason is tipped to keep his spot in the New South Wales State of Origin squad for this month?s second game of the three match series against Queensland.