Thorn eyes Origin return

BRISBANE Bronco forward Brad Thorn hasn't played a State of Origin rugby league game for more than four years.

De Vere hopes for March return

AUSTRALIAN Test centre Michael De Vere, Huddersfield's high-profile close-season signing from Brisbane Broncos, is on course to make his comeback from a knee re-construction in March.

Producing more than just athletes

IT was just another a day at the office for the representative-acclaimed centre. After playing a prominent role in his side?s fifth round victory, his evening appearance at a popular nightspot was never in question. There, he could relive his fleeting moments of glory with coarse-grained admirers and have his manly constitution validated by the nearest blonde scrubber. After hours of beer-fuelled revelry with his representative teammates, the player?s night was crudely interrupted by security staff?s belated action to eject him.

Finch replaces Kimmorley as NSW halfback

ROOSTERS halfback Brett Finch has been selected for New South Wales for next Wednesday's State of Origin II match at Suncorp Stadium.

Eels ride wave of enthusiasm

THE Parramatta Eels have beaten the Manly Sea Eagles 52-12 in a fiery clash at Parramatta Stadium.

Tigers Freeze Out Warriors In Christchurch

THE Wests Tigers proved today what an exciting football side they can be by thrashing the New Zealand Warriors 50-4 today on a freezing day at Jade Stadium in Christchurch.

Lions make changes for crunch game

BARLA Great Britain Lions are to make three changes due to injuries from the side that beat the New Zealand Defence Forces..

London to host opening tri-series match

QUEEN'S Park Rangers' Loftus Road home will stage the opening British match of the Tri-Nations series when Australia face New Zealand on 23 October. It has previously hosted an Australian soccer international, which was a factor in choosing the venue.

Dolphins News

THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins bounced back from a loss to the Toowoomba Clydesdales with an impressive 34-8 win over the Jets. In the lower grades the A Grade side won a scrappy encounter 20-10 while the Colts defeated a determined Ipswich Side 20-18. The award winners were: Queensland Cup Searle?s Garden Products Player of the Match Michael Roberts Keystar Motors Player?s Player of the Match Michael Roberts A Grade Hogs Breath Caf? Player of the Match Nick Walker Colts Leading Edge Sports Player of the Match Ashley Reilly Old Boys Play of the Day Phil Shilvock The monthly award winners were Redcliffe Leagues Team of the Month A Grade Belvedere Hotel Player of the Month Luke Bishop Attacking Player of the Month Jay Hampson Defensive Player of the Month Grant Flugge

Queensland Cup - Round 9 - Preview

AFTER eight rounds of the 2004 Queensland Cup the race for final five spots is intense with only three clubs precariously placed outside what might be termed the ?semi-final zone.?? Ipswich, Souths Logan and Brothers Valleys are at the foot of the Queensland Cup ladder and all three clubs need to turn their seasons around soon or they will playing for little more than pride. Easts are in fifth spot on 10 points, seven clear of Ipswich, eight clear of Souths Logan and nine clear of Brothers Valleys. That is a lot of ground to make up and only a supreme optimist would tip any of those three clubs to feature in the finals, particularly as they all face tough assignments this weekend. Ipswich play Easts at Langlands Park on Saturday; Souths Logan host North Queensland Young Guns at Davies Park on Sunday and Brothers Valleys are at home to Wynnum at O?Callaghan Park, Zillmere, also on Sunday. North Queensland are one win outside the top five while Wynnum is fourth on 11 points, trailing the Burleigh Bears on percentages. The Dolphins and Toowoomba head the competition table on 14 points with Redcliffe hosting Central Comets at Dolphin Oval on Sunday. The Comets, like North Queensland, are one win outside the top five. Toowoomba and Burleigh kick off the weekend at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in the curtain-raiser to the Broncos ? Newcastle NRL clash. Toowoomba is coming off a hard fought 36-28 win over the Comets in Rockhampton while Burleigh also had to work overtime to beat Brothers Valleys 28-18 last Sunday. In the other match of round nine Norths host Tweed Heads at Bishop Park on Saturday in the ABC Television clash with both teams coming off disappointing losses. After winning their first three matches the Tweed boys have lost each subsequent clash and they are in danger of joining Ipswich, Souths Logan and Brothers Valleys in the Queensland Cup cellar. State of Origin fever will take a grip on Queensland this week with the XXXX Maroons team to be named at the Castlemaine lunch at Brisbane City Hall on Monday. For comprehensive coverage of rugby league in Queensland go to

Wigan name team for Powergen Challenge Cup final

WIGAN Warriors have named their team for Saturday's Powergen Challenge Cup Final against St Helens, and confirmed that centre Martin Aspinwall will miss the clash after failing a fitness test.

Bulls launch Dublin events

THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today launched a unique week of activities that will take place in Ireland for the week beginning 21st June.

Motu Tony quits Broncos

MOTU Tony is following Ali Lauitiiti to England.

Barrett out as Dragons injury toll mounts

ST George Illawarra Dragons skipper Trent Barrett has been ruled out of this Saturday's WIN Stadium match against the Bulldogs, succumbing to a hamstring injury for the fourth week running. His withdrawal effectively ends his selection chances for New South Wales in the first State of Origin match on May 26.

Marsh to have surgery

INJURED NZ Warrior player PJ Marsh has decded to have further surgery on his neck.

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