RUGBY League is a gladiator's sport. Only the fittest, most dedicated and toughest can survive, or reach the heights of playing or even captaining their country. It is a true man's game. But no matter how strong, fit or fast you are, sometime during your career playing the greatest game of all, you will suffer from an injury of some sort. Whether it be a corked thigh, concussion, broken bones, busted balls (in the sad case of Brett Kimmorley) and, the most horrific of them all: knee ligaments snapping, requiring a reconstruction. There is an argument that the busted balls are worse, but they're so rare that they don't really count. Kimmorley is probably the first player in history to suffer such an injury.
TRIPLE national representative Laura Mariu will pull on the black jersey for the Kiwi Ferns this month in defence of the Women's Rugby League World Cup title won by New Zealand three years ago.
SOUTH Sydney boss David Tapp says the club will consider its legal options to ensure Dallas Rennie honours his contract with the Rabbitohs.
RUGBY league's prestigious Dally M awards night has been cancelled.
NEWCASTLE'S Test forward Ben Kennedy is in danger of missing the opening week of the National Rugby League finals series because of a foot injury.
THE players have the support of Dally M special guest Tawera Nikau over their threat to boycott the rugby league's most prestigious awards ceremony, according to players' association boss Tony Butterfield.
MELBOURNE Storm and Queensland hooker Cameron Smith isn?t allowing himself to think about the National Rugby League finals just yet instead focusing on his team?s clash with Manly at Olympic Park this Saturday night.
SCOTT Prince and Casey McGuire are set to play in the halves for Brisbane tomorrow night against St George Illawarra with Shaun Berrigan still in hospital today and Ben Ikin ruled out with a thigh injury.
RUGBY league players have threatened to boycott next week's Dally M awards unless the NRL makes meaningful progress towards a collective bargaining agreement by close of business tomorrow.
NEW Zealand Warriors halfback Stacey Jones says his side has lifted a couple of notches in his absence after getting a scent of the NRL finals.
MARK Geyer says the current Penrith team would beat the club's 1991 premiership-winning side, of which he was a part.
THE National Rugby League has described as unreasonable a threat by the Rugby League Professionals Association to boycott this year's Dally M Awards night.
AUSTRALIA'S Anthony Mundine beat Antwun Echols of the United States to win the World Boxing Association's vacant super-middleweight title.
PARRAMATTA needs a miracle to make the National Rugby League finals after St George Illawarra's injury curse continued on Wednesday, with centre Matt Cooper the latest casualty.
INJURED Roosters centre Justin Hodges suggests there might be some jinx attached to winning the National Rugby League minor premiership.