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AT the beginning of the year the governing body, the NRL, made a brave decision to depart from years of tradition by in essence removing the possibility of a drawn game in both the premiership competition and the showpiece of the game, the State of Origin. This decision was brought to a head by the most recent series of the State of Origin in which the title of the champion was given to Queensland. This was decided by virtue of the fact that they were defending champions with the series was effectively tied one all. The decider, as it was billed had turned out to decide nothing with the Queensland side scoring late in the game to force a draw. This result was seen to be unfair by many south of the border and due to the fact that this was not the first occurrence, a solution needed to be found. The decision was made to introduce golden-point extra-time in which the first team to score in the extra time periods was crowned the winner of the contest. However, this was not an exclusive decision to the State of Origin, the premiership would perform under these rules as well for all of their premiership matches.
TICKETS for the Griffin Park international between England 'A' and world champions, Australia are now on sale.
London Broncos, who will host the match at their West London Brentford base, will retain similar match day pricing as home Tetley's Super League fixtures in an attempt to make this blue chip game affordable for families in the local community.
HIS Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, yesterday opened the Millom Amateur Rugby League Club's new ?204,000 Changing Rooms and Community Centre.
THE Australian Women's Rugby League, with the support of the Queensland Women's Rugby League hosted the inaugural Indigenous Women's Rugby League match last night at Brothers Ipswich Leagues club.
WIGAN Warriors host Halifax in the Tetley's Super League at the JJB Stadium on Sunday afternoon (10th August) with a 3pm kick off.
BRADFORD Bulls moved two points clear at the top of Tetley's Rugby Super League with a narrow 18-16 win at Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.
The Bulls have now won their last seven matches to overhaul the Rhinos and, while they will meet again before the end of the season, they took a huge boost in the race to finish on top of the ladder.
TONY Rea has lost the services of Steve Hall (groin) for Sunday's game away at Wakefield, however, will see the return from injury of either Rob Purdham or Mat Toshack.
THE following squad has been named for Sundays game against Castleford Tigers, Kick-Off 3.30pm:
THE Souths Sydney Rabbitohs have snatched a thrilling 18-16 victory over the Wests Tigers tonight at Leichhardt Oval.
THE Sydney Roosters escaped with a 36-28 win after a very spirited second half performance from the Cronulla sharks.
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THE Newcastle Knights have given the North Queensland Cowboys a 60-24 hiding this evening but don?t let the scoreline fool you, the Knights have major problems in defence.
MANLY Sea Eagles interchange prop Aaron Cannings has been ruled out of today's match against Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval due to an infected arm.
BRETT Firman never had much time for an education, although he is a keen student of rival National Rugby League (NRL) halfbacks.