QUEENSLAND will have to overcome a 15-year Origin hoodoo to win this year's State of Origin series.
QUEENSLAND Test prop Shane Webcke has questioned whether State of Origin rugby league players are being short changed at $5,000 a game.
QUEENSLAND officials admit several players can kiss goodbye their hopes of Test selection unless the Maroons level the State of Origin series at Telstra Stadium tomorrow night.
WYNNUM maintained its number one spot on the Queensland Cup ladder but needed a late scoring spree to overcome Central Comets 30-24 in the ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. An early penalty goal to hooker Jade Wogand and then a try from a dummy half dart saw the Comets lead 8-0 after fifteen minutes. Wynnum winger Josh Jepson scored a good try 5 minutes later to reduce the deficit to 8-6 but the Seagulls struggled to match the Comets commitment.
CES Mountford's fascinating story reflects a lifetime in Rugby League. He first played for Blackball in new Zealand before World War Two. He joined Wigan in 1946, and was a key member of the club's great post-war team, winning every honour in the game. The climax of his Central park career was captaining the side in the victorious 1951 Challenge Cup Final. He was the first overseas player to win the Lance Todd Trophy. Many people regard him as the best stand-off in the world at that time. He also played for Other Nationalities.
In 1951, he moved to Warrington, and managed the Wire to some of their greatest triumphs, including the 1954 Odsal Cup Final replay victory and two Championship wins.
FRIDAY 27th June 2003
WIGAN Winger Brett Dallas has pledged his loyalty to the club by turning down a lucrative contract with Australian club Cronulla Sharks.
WIGAN Warriors have six players in the the 2003 County of Origin squads announced on Tuesday morning.
MARK Hilton, 27 has been selected in the Lancashire side for this yeaR's 2003 Origin fixture on Tuesday 2nd July 2003, kick-off 7.45pm at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.
THE National Rugby League will outlaw players scoring tries from dummy-half when using teammates as a shield.
RUGBY League has emerged as a major loser out of this years state budget in NSW. Treasurer Michael Egan delivered a small surplus in what can only described as a lazy and lacklustre budget. Even before the budget was handed down yesterday, NSW was the highest taxed state in Australia.
NORTH Queensland has re-signed goalkicking centre Josh Hannay for three more National Rugby League seasons.
KANGAROOS centre Mark Gasnier will make his long-awaited National Rugby League comeback for St George Illawarra against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
ST George Illawarra's finals hopes have suffered another major blow with in-form captain Lance Thompson ruled out for the rest of the regular National Rugby League season.
NEW Zealand Warriors prop Jerry Seuseu has been rested again this weekend to try and rejuvenate him after a marathon 2002 rugby league year.