Fed-up Johns says he doesn't need a pep talk

AN irritated Andrew Johns has virtually dared NSW selectors not to pick him for game one of this year's much-hyped State of Origin rugby league series.

Bennett Has Major Concerns With Golden Point

QUEENSLAND coach Wayne Bennett has expressed grave concerns over the Australian Rugby League?s decision to introduce the ?golden point? rule to Origin football following the rule's spectacular failure on the weekend.

Gould says Hopoate isn't cut out for Origin football

NEW South Wales coach Phil Gould has defended his selectors' decision to omit in-form Manly winger John Hopoate from the Blues' 25-man State Of Origin rugby league squad.

Bulls Eye - Part 1

IN this the first of two Bulls Eyes this week, coach Brian Noble looks at the biggest game in Super League as first placed Leeds Rhinos travel to second placed Bradford Bulls with top spot being the prize on offer at Friday's clash at Odsal Stadium.

The Rise And Rise Of Monty Betham

NEW Zealand Warriors skipper Monty Betham has modified his tackle technique but won't be toning down his aggression after two appearances before the National Rugby League judiciary that put him on the sideline for two games.

$100,000 at stake for Jubilee Oval

R2K strongly encourages St.George-Illawarra fans to write in support of both Rockdale & Hurstville Council's Draft Management Plans for 2003 to 2006. Both Rockdale & Hurstville have allocated $50,000 towards the Jubilee Oval Community Appeal in their draft budgets, which are subject to public comment.

St George Illawarra Dragons Seek New Major Sponsor

NAMING rights sponsorship to the St George Illawarra Dragons is on the market for the first time since the joint merger formed in 1999.

Broncos keep the Bulldogs scoreless

TRY as they did the Bulldogs could not haul in the visiting Broncos at Telstra Stadium, going down in the end by 24-0, the first time since 2001 the Bulldogs have not posted any points in a match.

MacDougall now set to return

ADAM MacDougall and the Newcastle Knights have managed to resolve their differences with the representative winger now being listed as a likely starter for the Knights in two weeks time.

MacDougall sacked by the Knights

THE Newcastle Knights have sensationally sacked injury-prone Adam MacDougall this afternoon.

Bailey in doubt for Sunday

ST George Illawarra prop Luke Bailey is in doubt for Sunday's National Rugby League game against South Sydney with a back injury. Bailey has been troubled by a back problem since the Dragons' win over Cronulla in round eight.

Round 11 - Fridays Preview

ROUND 11 is another exciting round of NRL rugby league with some tough picks to make for the tipsters.

Vagana expected to sign on Monday, MacDougall's future clouded

HOT on the heels of star halfback Brent Sherwin re-signing with the Bulldogs for another five years, teammate and New Zealand international Nigel Vagana is also tipped to sign a long-term deal, most likely on Monday.

Versatile Vinnie Ready To Step Up

DEPENDABLE, hard working and a rock solid defender. Vodafone Warriors centre Vinnie Anderson has heard all the terms to describe his play. He wants much more. "I've been reasonably happy with my defence," says the 24-year-old. "But I'm looking to expand my attacking skills. I've been watching videos of some of the best attacking centers in the game, guys like Justin Hodges, Jamie Lyons and Brent Tate, just to see what their strengths are."

Swain out for Broncos

BRISBANE'S ironman hooker Richard Swain has lost the battle to keep his 146 game streak going against the Bulldogs in Sydney tomorrow night.

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