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.
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 next home game for the Broncos will be against Hull FC on Saturday 5th July.
SYDNEY Roosters hardman Adrian Morley concedes he has a battle on his hands escaping suspension at the National Rugby League judiciary tonight.
THE National Rugby League will outlaw players scoring tries from dummy-half when using teammates as a shield.
ST George Illawarra Dragons captain Lance Thompson will be sidelined for approximately six weeks. The inspirational backrower has a fractured foot following an injury during last Saturday's match against the Rabbitohs. Thompson, 25, also has a fractured eyesocket.
Team doctor Martin Raftery said he would not know the full extent of the injury until further tests tomorrow.
PARRAMATTA coach Brian Smith has named a 20 man Eels squad for their clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
NSW centre Jamie Lyon has been picked in the centres although any recurrance of his hamstring injury in Origin 2 would likely rule him out. Ashley Graham is his most likely replacement having been named on a 6 man bench.
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.