Foundation Cup 16's
(All Saturday 27 March 2004)
Waicoa Bay vs Auckland Sea Lions League Park, Ngaruawahia Kick Off 12.00 noon
Waicoa Bay: Jordan Muru, Tamatoa Reu, Tamahou Skipper, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Michael Murray, Mattew Wade, Issac John, Peter Wiggins, Dallin Edwards, Richard Barrett, Jae Murray, Slade King, Troy Waters (C)
Reserves: Terekia Koroheke, Steve Rapira, David Gideon, Deon Boynton
Coach: John Dowall
Auckland Sea Lions: Dean Lia, Aaron Smith, James Swalger, Victor Field, Eli Pillay, Tom Vai Vai, Malcolme Noda, Sonny Fa'i (C), Michael Vaotu'ua, Saipani Avia-Aiolupo, Halafo'ou Akau'ola-Laula, Patrick Lilii, Paul Tusa
Reserves: Daniel O'Regan, William Peace, Sioeli Kaifoto, Marvin Ng Chok
Coach: Warrick Anderson
SOUTHS Logan Magpie back rower Josh Dillon is back in the Queensland Cup side for this weekend?s match after the QRL handed him a warning for being placed on report last week.
INJURY and illness has hit the Pepsi Dolphins wit winger Brent Madders being ruled out for the season, and he will require a knee reconstruction while also missing for a few weeks will be Matt Anderton ribs, Tino Kurene broken jaw, Luke Sutton Illness, Caleb McEniery shoulder, Daley White shoulder, Lyndon Nagas dislocated wrist, Dominic Fallini shoulder and Sam Fillery sliced tendons in his hand as well as several players this week fighting the clock to be fit to play this weekend.
IF performances in big matches can provide a ready guide, the rugby league career of Gavin Cooper could reach stellar proportions.
WIGAN Warriors prop Terry O'Connor was rewarded for his contribution to Rugby League in Ireland with a place in their Hall of Fame at the weekend.
O'Connor was one of the guests at Rugby League Ireland's St Patrick's Day dinner on Saturday, which was held in Huddersfield.
LONDON Broncos and Radney Bowker have today mutually agreed to part ways ahead of Sunday's re-scheduled home Super League game with Salford.
The Broncos have also extended the original trial contract of Andy McNally, and have brought in the services of Leeds rising star, Scott Murrell.
Bowker, who joined the club in the close season from Salford, agreed to play on a trial basis with London Broncos and that four month period has now expired.
Coach Tony Rea commented: "Radney has not settled into London Broncos style of play. I would like to thank him for his high level of commitment and I wish him all the very best with his rugby league future."
Another player who was also on a four month trial is Andy McNally and today his contract has been extended for the full season. Rea said: "Andy gets better with every training session and with every game. This is where it the real opportunity starts for him and he has the chance to show what he's all about.
With a number of key players injured, (Purdham, Toshack, Sanderson, Kirkpatrick, Wells, Highton) London Broncos have also today brought in Leeds' rising star, Scott Murrell.
The boom eighteen year-old stand-off is set to wear the Broncos colours for the first time on Sunday and coach Tony Rea is excited about his arrival:"He's a young, tough character with a good football brain.
He contributes well with a dominant fashion in the games he plays."
Kick off on Sunday is at 3pm at Griffin Park - For discounted tickets in advance call 0871 222 1657
PAUL Whatuira is one of a long list of players developed through the New Zealand Warriors to National Rugby League level but now hurting rather than helping the club.
THE Bulldogs are still refusing to confirm which player allegedly tested positive to a recreational drug and was fined $25,000 last season.
WITH state-wide Council elections taking place this Saturday, R2K decided to do a bit of polling of their own and asked prominent local
candidates their opinion on the future of Oki Jubilee Stadium, the spiritual home of the St George Bank Dragons.
FAY Samuel, the current Vice-President of R2K and a former Deputy Mayor of Kogarah, has stepped back into local politics by standing for Kogarah's Middle Ward in this Saturday's election. The former Liberal Councillor is now a candidate for the KMC Progress Association, which she established in the mid-1990s.
BULLDOGS Chairman Dr George Peponis has re-instated the club?s stance on not revealing details of internal drug tests at a press conference this afternoon.
BRISBANE Broncos captain Gorden Tallis says those saying rugby league players have too much time on their hands and should get part-time jobs need to have a look at the weekly schedules of footballers.
CANBERRA Raiders veteran Jason Croker has had surgery on his injured knee and is expected to return to football in around three or four weeks.
MELBOURNE Storm players yesterday hit back at accusations they are again using the so-called ?grapple? tackle.
BULLDOGS and Australian test star Willie Mason has denied he was the player who tested positive to cocaine use.