NSW selectors met yesterday afternoon to discuss the the 2003 State of Origin series. The NSW squad will be formally announced on Monday 7 April.
NORTH Queensland held on for a good win 21-14 over Easts at Langlands Park in the ABC Television clash. After a scrappy start by both teams it was Young Guns hooker and captain Paul Dezolt who darted over from dummy half to open the scoring. A few minutes later big centre Luke Cross crashed over for a try and then side-stepping run by five eight Michael Meigan led to a try to fullback Daniel Sorbello for a 16-0 advantage after 21 minutes.
BRADFORD Bulls have today announced that New Zealand Winger Lesley Vainikolo has signed a new 2-year contract at the club and will stay at Odsal until at least the end of the 2005 season. The contract also includes an option to extend for 2006.
THE Jubilee Oval Community Appeal's Red and White Day celebrations planned for the first weekend in April have been postponed.
NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has recalled Ty Williams to the starting line-up despite the impressive form of Brenton Bowen in last night's National Rugby League win over South Sydney.
ALI Lauiti'iti hopes to receive a clearance on Friday to resume training next week.
A pre-game sell-out is expected when the Dragons return to play at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah, for the first time since 1999 on May 4 for their local NRL derby with Cronulla Sharks.
BEN Kennedy could make an early return for Newcastle this weekend despite being left out of the squad for Saturday's National Rugby League game against Melbourne at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
ALL teams have been named for round four of the NRL Telstra Premiership with some interesting clashes sure to have the fans flocking to the game especially the traditional clash of arch-rivals Parramatta and Canterbury.
TIM Allan, a member of the 1938 Reserve Grade premiers has sadly passed away in Wauchope this week at the age of 84.
MELBOURNE Storm has finally received some good news on the injury front after centre Steven Bell was cleared of any serious damage to the knee he injured at training last week.
THE NRL has announced that St.George-Illawarra will host the Sharks at Jubilee Oval on Sunday, the 4th of May (3pm kick-off). The match will be televised by Channel 9 at 4:00pm [delayed telecast] on the same afternoon.
THE Wests Tigers have made an application to the National Rugby League to seek leave to appeal the length of suspension imposed upon Luke O'Donnell.
MONDAY'S Expert is Tuesday's Expert this week thanks to the wisdom of the NRL and the experiment of playing games during the working week.
WHEN the Vodafone Warriors take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Ericsson Stadium this Sunday, Francis Meli and Wairangi Koopu will be playing in their 50th NRL game.