Roope Rooster Roundup

NORTHCOTE coach Duane Mann rates his side a top five chance for rugby league's Bartercard Cup despite the Tiger's 26-42 loss to Hibiscus Coast in the Roope Rooster semifinals.

Haumono returns for Manly

SOLOMON Haumono will make his return to the National Rugby League on Saturday night after being named in Manly's squad for the trip to Townsville. Haumono was selected on a five-man bench by coach Peter Sharp for the game against the North Queensland Cowboys.

Girdler out for 16 weeks

PENRITH five-eighth Ryan Girdler will miss most of the National Rugby League season after suffering a major shoulder injury.

Bird fights charge, Hodges admits guilt

CRONULLA will fight the head-slamming charge levelled against five-eighth Greg Bird at the National Rugby League judiciary tomorrow night.

Girdler sent to have shoulder scan

PENRITH five-eighth and front-line goal kicker Ryan Girdler will today have an M-R-I scan on his injured right shoulder. Girdler suffered the injury after an attempted tackle went wrong during his club's 24-20 loss to Brisbane at Penrith Stadium yesterday.

Round 1 charges and injuries

SHARKS five-eighth Greg Bird, Roosters centre Justin Hodges and Dragons prop Jason Ryles face an anxious time today as they await whether or not they will be charged by the NRL judiciary.

Raiders Name Unchanged Side For Tigers Clash

THE Canberra Raiders have named the same squad that trounced the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville last weekend. The Raiders are still missing Mark Mclinden and James Evans from their squad but still look very strong on paper.

Finch admits Hayne got it wrong

REFEREES' boss Robert Finch has admitted Shayne Hayne made an error in packing down a scrum after the siren in Sunday's Cronulla-Melbourne. The decision to do so nearly cost the Storm victory.

Storm Reclaim Pride In The Jersey

MELBOURNE centre Steven Bell believes the club has reclaimed pride in the Storm jersey after showing great courage and tenacity to come back from a 22-point deficit against the Sharks in Cronulla yesterday.

Tickets on sale for Double Header

TICKETS have gone on sale for the National Rugby League's Easterdouble header at Telstra Stadium. The release of tickets follows on from the success Saturday's double header at Telstra Stadium, which attracted more than 40,000 fans.

Doust calls Hall over Ryles incident

DRAGON'S officials have assured judiciary commissioner Jim Hall that they will take action to clean up firebrand Test Prop Jason Ryles' on-field behaviour.

Hill & Ross Named For Panthers Clash

MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named five-eighth Scott Hill and fullback Robbie Ross for the Storms first home game of the year against Penrith this Saturday at Olympic Park (5.30pm).

Dragons Hire Hit Man

FORMER Kiwis rugby league enforcer Quentin Pongia will join St George Illawarra in May as cover for front rowers who are expected to be on State of Origin duty.

Mason set for recall

HARD running Bulldogs forward Willie Mason says he just wants to get on with playing football after coach Steve Folkes informed him that he will be playing first grade again ahead of Sunday's trip to Auckland.

Knights side for Roosters Blockbuster

THE Newcastle Knights have named an 18 man squad for this Friday night's clash with the Sydney Roosters at Energy Australia Stadium.

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