Warrick Nicolson

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World Sevens Scores And Notes

FROM the repecharge game to the final, League Unlimited has all the scorers for you.

Five World Sevens Squads Named

WITH the 2004 Cougar Bourbon World Sevens just around the corner, Five teams have named their 11 man squads for the two day tournament.

Bronco injures knee at training

POWERHOUSE lock Tonie Carroll is out indefinitely after a training collision with centre Brent Tate, according to the Brisbane Broncos Official Site. Carroll twisted his knee resulting in a grade-two medial ligament tear and looks set to miss Brisbane's World Sevens campaign on the Australia Day Weekend.

Hands up if you like Penrith?

YESTERDAY the NRL released the television schedule for the first five rounds of competition and the 2003 Premiers feature heavily on our free-to-air screens. Under the current NRL-television agreement, Channel Nine will show two games per week, both delayed replays, with the match of the round on Friday Night and the runner-up on Sunday afternoon. For those fortunate enough to have Foxtel, then you get live access to at least two Saturday games and one Sunday game, with Fox Sports also having delayed telecasts of the remaining two games of the round the same day. That?s a motza of Rugby League whichever way you slice it. However, despite outcry at apparent team bias for the free-to-air games last year, Channel Nine have stuck to their policy of showing the best games as they see it. In the first five rounds this year, Penrith is Friday Night Footballing it three times (vs. Newcastle, Canberra and Sydney), and if you don?t see them on Friday you get them featured in the Sunday match (vs. New Zealand and Melbourne). So all you Panther fans rejoice, but remember you can?t beat being at the game. For the rest of you sorry folk still trying to come to terms with a failed 2003 campaign, here?s who you?ll see on Free to Air early in 2003. Newcastle (R1 vs. Penrith, Fri; Rd4 vs. St.George-Illawarra, Sun;) Brisbane (Rd1 vs. New Zealand, Sun; Rd2 vs. Parramatta, Sun; Rd5 vs. Sydney, Fri) New Zealand (Rd1 vs. Brisbane, Sun; Rd3 vs. Penrith, Sun;) Canberra (Rd2 vs. Penrith, Fri;) Parramatta (Rd2 vs. Brisbane, Sun;) Sydney (Rd3 vs. Bulldogs, Fri; Rd4 vs. Penrith, Fri; Rd5 vs. Brisbane, Fri;) Bulldogs (Rd3 vs. Sydney, Fri;) St.George-Illawarra (Rd4 vs. Newcastle, Fri;) Melbourne (Rd5 vs. Penrith, Sun;)

English import not impressing at the Eels

CHRIS Thorman signed with the Parramatta Eels in the hope of emulating the impact of many English players before him. Kevin Ward with Manly, Ellery Hanley with Balmain and currently Adrian Morley with the Roosters have made their names known in the game here in Australia, and the 23 year old goalkicking five-eighth/halfback from the London Broncos looks set to join them.

Landing In the Eagles Nest

WITH pre-season training underway, Nicolson Sports Consultancy looks at the new faces at the various NRL clubs for Season 2004. Today it is the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Arising from the Ashes

TOUGH, uncompromising and relentless.

Panthers - Roosters epic moves into 2nd spot

FROM the time referee Bill Harrigan blew time on, until the siren signaled the end of 80 minutes, the rugby league world experienced one of the truly epic encounters in recent memory. The two best sides of 2003 put on a display that warranted not only a Grand Final but also a place in rugby league folklore.

Panthers - Roosters epic moves into 2nd spot

FROM the time referee Bill Harrigan blew time on, until the siren signaled the end of 80 minutes, the rugby league world experienced one of the truly epic encounters in recent memory. The two best sides of 2003 put on a display that warranted not only a Grand Final but also a place in rugby league folklore.

Two down, six remain in the hunt

WHILE it may be all over for the Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Broncos in 2003, six teams still remain in the hunt for the Telstra Premiership. After the weekend began with two upsets, it ended with both the Knights and the Broncos licking their wounds and lamenting their failure to overcome second half season obstacles. For the Knights the loss of skipper Andrew Johns with a neck injury with a handful of rounds to play, all but sealed their fate. While for the Broncos the drain of the representative season and mid-term injuries to Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis ruined a brilliant first half of the year. An old footy clich? is ?injuries are part of the game?, but the stark reality is they ARE the main reason teams fail to live up to expectations season in, season out. Just consider the injury toll for both sides (during the season) featured names such as: Johns, Lockyer, Tallis, Kennedy, O?Davis, MacDougall, Tate, Ikin, Parsons, Simpson etc. No side in this salary cap age can possibly have the depth to cover such significant player loss, and injuries are the main reason both sides finished at the foot of the Top 8.

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