Norm Pope Passes Away

LEGENDARY Diehard Norm Pope, passed away on Tuesday at his home at Stafford.Norm 71, apparently died of a stroke. A terrible loss will be felt by many long-time Brisbane rugby league followers.

Disciplined Jets Maintain Impressive Pre-Season Form

THE Newtown Jets showed their best form of the 2003 pre-season in defeating Manly-Warringah 34-10 in the NSW Premier League trial played at Henson Park on Saturday evening.

Sharks Name Side To Take On Broncos

THE Cronullas Sharks have named their side to face the Broncos this week and included on the bench is outstanding forward Matt Bickerstaff, who is returning from injury.

Fien May Miss Season

COWBOYS halfback Nathan Fien may miss the remainder of the 2003 season after suffering a knee injury in the Cowboys victory over Manly on Saturday night.


LUKE Patten has been named at fullback for this week's game against the Wests Tigers after being a late withdrawal for the Warriors match. Patten will undergo a fitness test later in the week on his back, but the caching staff are hopeful he will come through. 'Todd Polglase played well last week after the late call up, but we are confident Luke should be back this week,' Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes said today.

McLinden Missing From Raiders Squad

THE Canberra Raiders have named their side for this weekends clash with St George Illawarra and not included in the squad is five eighth Mark McLinden.

Saleh To Miss A Week

ST George Illawarra winger Hassan Saleh will miss one week after taking an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous throw in the Dragons two point victory over the Eels last weekend.

Saleh accepts one-match ban for lifting

ST George Illawarra winger Hassen Saleh will miss Sunday's National Rugby League match against Canberra after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw today.


ANOTHER bone crushing weekend of footy sees Parramatta joining Souths and Penrith on the bottom of the ladder. Meanwhile, the Raiders can't believe it as they look ahead only to see open space - a nice change from looking up the backside of other teams. They head up the top of the table and find themselves in good company with the Storm, Brisbane and Easts breathing down their neck.

Dragons fire up to break the Parra curse

YESTERDAY'S 30-28 victory over the Parramatta Eels has brought a new spirit to St George Illawarra according to Dragons skipper, Lance Thompson.

Howe's knee not too serious

MELBOURNE prop Rodney Howe could be back within three weeks after tests cleared him of a serious knee injury.

Ben Walker poised to play

MANLY five-eighth Ben Walker could play against the New Zealand Warriors this weekend after being cleared of a serious knee injury.

O'Donnell charged with ungraded striking

WESTS Tigers forward Luke O'Donnell could face a hefty stint on the sideline after being charged with striking by the National Rugby League judiciary.O'Donnell's charge was ungraded and referred straight to the judiciary, meaning he will have no opportunity to enter an early guilty plea and must appear at Wednesday night's hearing.

Walker Out For A Month

SOUTH Sydney have lost star recruit Chris Walker for up to a month with a fractured arm. Walker sustained the injury in his left forearm in yesterdays heartbreaking loss to his former club, the Brisbane Broncos.

Howe could be out for Season

MELBOURNE will know today whether former Test prop Rodney Howe is out for the National Rugby League season after suffering a knee injury at the weekend.

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