WIGAN Warriors Coach Stuart Raper has announced the following side for Friday's home Tetley's Super League clash against Castleford Tigers, 8pm at the JJB Stadium.
NEW South Wales second rower Ben Kennedy has been ruled out State of Origin Three after he was found guilty of a grade one reckless high tackle at the Australian Rugby League judiciary.
THE veteran Kiwis forward has phoned coach Daniel Anderson to tell him he is available to play the world champions on July 25.
PREMIERS Redcliffe face the very real prospect of dropping four points out of the top five if they lose to Tweed Seagulls at Piggabeen in this weekend?s ABC televised match.
Redcliffe?s loss to Ipswich last weekend in the grand final replay, put the club out of the top five for the first time in a decade with the Dolphins on 17 points, two behind Ipswich and Burleigh.
Ipswich should pick up another two points against Wests at Purtell Park this Saturday afternoon and Burleigh are a good show of beating the North Queensland Young Guns at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
So the pressure is on the Dolphins, particularly as they are travelling to hostile territory in New South Wales.
In the other Saturday match the Central Comets host Easts Tigers at Browne Park with a 7.30pm kick-off.
On Sunday there are two games with plenty of appeal both with 3pm kick-offs.
Competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls play Norths Devils at Bishop Park with Norths (10 points) looking for a win to keep alive their slim semi-final hopes.
In the other match Souths Logan Magpies play Toowoomba Clydesdales at Davies Park and it is anyone?s guess what sort of side the Clydesdales turn out given the fact some of their players might have been required for duty with the Brisbane Broncos against the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on the Friday night.
Next weekend the annual City v Country match will be held at Barcaldine in western Queensland with both sides named during the week.
As a result there will be just one Queensland Cup match ? between Norths and Souths Logan at Bishop Park and it will be shown on ABC television.
On the schoolboy front the annual Confraternity Shield for Independent schools will be held on the Gold Coast starting this Sunday and finishing on July 4 while the under-15 national titles will be held in Canberra during the same period.
And in tertiary rugby league the British students open and under-21 sides arrive in Cairns on Monday for the start of their Australian tour, which includes a Test match against Australia at Langlands Park on July 15.
The tour opens with a match in Townsville this week.
In England the annual ?War of the Roses? between Yorkshire and Lancashire ? the British version of State of Origin will be held at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday night.
ROUND 12 of the NSWRL Premier League.
A split round in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition with only 3 games this week, with the remaining three games of Round 10 to be played next weekend.
HOPEFULLY, the Roosters and Broncos will provide a better spectacle than Origin II as the Broncos look to focus on the job at hard, which will be inherently difficult considering the pounding they took on Wednesday night.
ST Helens confirmed their return to form with a brilliant 35-0 win over Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Friday night.
The reigning champions were back to their very best, and handled the torrential conditions much better than their hosts, who suffered a third successive home defeat for the first time in six years.
THE squads for next Wednesday's Origin Game at Odsal have been announced, with a total of nine debutants selected, including Castleford duo Andy Lynch and Ryan Hudson and Lancashire pair Steve Prescott and Mike Forshaw.
Yorkshire will host Lancashire at Odsal on 2 July in a bid to end their three-game losing run against their Red Rose rivals since the Origin concept returned in 2001.
WIGAN Warriors will hand a debut to new signing Quentin Pongia in their clash with Castleford Tigers at The JJB Stadium on Friday night, while they also welcome back Paul Johnson from a hamstring injury.
Former New Zealand captain Pongia, 32, arrived in Great Britain at the start of the week to start a six-month contract with Wigan.
SYDNEY Roosters and NSW rugby league forward Craig Fitzgibbon Friday night became the latest victim of the Suncorp Stadium sand as the Brisbane Broncos finally cracked a win at their new home ground.
THE Cronulla Sharks fought hard for a 34-28 win over the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have come away with the points following 42-28 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale this evening.
THE Melbourne Storm have run out 16-8 winners over the Wests Tigers at Olympic Park this evening. In a match that never reached any great heights, the Melbourne Storm did enough to get the two points while the Tigers continued to shoot themselves in the foot with an error riddled performance.
IT remains unclear when New Zealand Warriors hooker PJ Marsh will be ready to play rugby league again.