THIS weekend marks the return of Rugby League to the Moreton Bay Fig trees at old North Sydney Oval, and while expansion has been the talk of the town in recent weeks, it seems that all that is old is new again. Many teams have returned in recent years to their ancestral homes, however questions have invariably arisen not about only the quality of the stadiums, but also the safety and numbers of patrons that can be catered for.
IT was the type of year which started off on the worst foot possible, two sexual assault scandals, a handful of sponsors not paying for what they received last year, and players who usually had faultless reputations just coughing up the wrong comments at the wrong time. All the media would focus on was how much of a crisis the code was in, and how the sport would just go backwards after such a good 2003 season.
ON the 21st of August the English U/18 Academy team took on the might of the Australian Schoolboy?s side, a rarely challenged international team which was selected on the individual performances of players at the Australian Secondary School championships; a competition where Singapore National Coach, Tony Ashton was in charge of the Victorian State team.
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THE Sydney Airport Jets chose the worst possible occasion to turn in one of their least impressive performances of the year, when they were trounced 48-6 by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the crucial VB Premier League match played at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. This win allowed the Sharks to keep their own slim finals hopes alive, while bringing Newtown's tenacious playoffs campaign to an undignified end. Newtown trailed the Sharks 10-6 midway through the first half, but that was as close as the Jets were to get all night. Cronulla led 18-6 at half-time, and added five unanswered tries in the second half as the Jets performance deteriorated.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 25.
Tough Manly centre Albert Torrens has agreed to a two year deal with St.George Illawarra and will play his last game for the Sea Eagles in the match against Melbourne Storm at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.
BULLDOGS coach Steve Folkes has named his team to take on the N.Z. Warriors at Ericssen Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Folkes team is;
FAST improving youngster Glenn Stewart joins his brother bRett in the starting lineup for Sunday's end of season clash with melbourne Storm at Brookvale Oval.
THE Allight Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 26 to take on the Canberra Raiders this Saturday, September 4 at 7:30pm at Canberra Stadium.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Knights, on Saturday 4th September 2004 at Energy Australia Stadium. Kick off is at 5.30pm.
INTERNATIONAL centre Shaun Berrigan looks set to make his return from a shoulder injury for this Friday night?s final round clash with the Panthers at Penrith Stadium.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to take on the Brisbane Broncos at Penrith Stadium on Friday night.
Center Ryan Girdler makes a long awaited return from injury and is sure to lift the Panthers outfit.
Coach Langs team is;
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders speedster Phil Graham has been called back into the first grade lineup by coach Matthew Elliott, ahead of this Saturday's home clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
WARRIORS coach Tony Kemp has made changes to his team to host the premiership favourites, the Bulldogs at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.