NEW South Wales skipper Andrew Johns says he'll play in tomorrow night's third State Of Origin rugby league match against Queensland at Suncorp Stadium despite not being fully fit.
NSW coach Phil Gould won't discuss his Origin future but believes arch rival Wayne Bennett must stay on for Queensland's sake.
FORMER Queensland hardman Greg Dowling has launched his annual attack on the Maroons pack, claiming captain Gorden Tallis went missing in Origin I and Shane Webcke has been comprehensively outplayed by his NSW counterparts.
THE Queensland camp has raised the prospect of a player walk off if tomorrow night's third State of Origin rugby league match with NSW has to go to extra time.
QUEENSLAND will train today at Suncorp Stadium on the eve of the third Origin match against New South Wales.
IRELAND coach Daryl Powell has named his 28-man squad for the European Nations Cup later this year, and the side will be captained by Wigan prop Terry O'Connor.
The Irish side will take on France and Scotland in the pool stage of the inaugural competitioon in October and November.
THEY'VE worn the maroon of Queensland and now Chris McKenna and Craig Greenhill are on the verge of pulling on the green of Ireland.
ROUND 14 started off with an upset as cellar dwellers Newcastle travelled to Parramatta and upset the home team in a one point thriller. The result lifts Newcastle to 12th while Parramatta have been leapfrogged by Canterbury.
WIGAN Rugby League club today formally terminated their interest in Australian Centre Mark Gasnier.
WIGAN Warriors can today reveal they have signed 18 year old Kiwi Second Row Forward Harrison Hansen on a two year deal.
BULLDOGS forward Steve Reardon has accepted a one-match suspension after pleading guilty to a grade one careless high tackle.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named a largely unchanged lineup for Friday nights match at Newcastle against the Knights.
MELBOURNE Storm will welcome back its State of Origin stars for this Sunday?s clash with the Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park but may well be without underrated second-rower Peter Robinson.
FRIDAY 18th July 2003
MANLY expects to name a new chairman and coach within days as the shake-up at the National Rugby League club continues. The Sea Eagles are close to agreeing to terms with assistant coach Des Hasler for 2004.