Maroons must overcome 15-year hoodoo to retain trophy

QUEENSLAND will have to overcome a 15-year Origin hoodoo to win this year's State of Origin series.

Pay row raises it's ugly head...

QUEENSLAND Test prop Shane Webcke has questioned whether State of Origin rugby league players are being short changed at $5,000 a game.

Maroons officials fear Test selection backlash

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.

Queensland Cup - Round 14 - Review

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.

Wolf Mail

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.

London Broncos fans will benefit from a home win

THE next home game for the Broncos will be against Hull FC on Saturday 5th July.

Morley concedes he faces a battle to escape suspension

SYDNEY Roosters hardman Adrian Morley concedes he has a battle on his hands escaping suspension at the National Rugby League judiciary tonight.

NRL to outlaw dummy half shield tries

THE National Rugby League will outlaw players scoring tries from dummy-half when using teammates as a shield.

Thompson out for six weeks: Dragons team list

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.

Eels name 20 man squad

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.

NSW budget a kick in the guts for Rugby League (opinion)

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.

Hannay re-signs with Cowboys for three more years

NORTH Queensland has re-signed goalkicking centre Josh Hannay for three more National Rugby League seasons.

Gasnier back for Dragons to press his Origin claims

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.

Thompson out for up to three months

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.

Big Jerry Having A Well Earned Rest

NEW Zealand Warriors prop Jerry Seuseu has been rested again this weekend to try and rejuvenate him after a marathon 2002 rugby league year.