DURING its early years, State of Origin football brought Queensland to the fore as a major competitor to the traditional New South Wales stranglehold over rugby league. This eventually led to two new Queensland sides joining the NSWRL competition in 1988. Of those teams, it was the Broncos that proved the dominant force north of the border and while they were enjoying consecutive premierships in 1992 and 1993, their Gold Coast counterparts were being smacked with wooden spoons.
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INAUGURAL Melbourne Storm winger Marcus Bai will play his last match in Melbourne this week when the Storm meets the Manly Sea Eagles in the final round of the Telstra Premiership.
STAR halfback Stacey Jones has been named in the Warriors starting 13 for this weekend's NRL clash against Wests Tigers at Ericsson Stadium.
VETERAN Canberra five-eighth Jason Croker says he could be back from a broken ankle in time for the National Rugby League grand final.
MELBOURNE prop Mitchell Sargent has agreed to terms with North Queensland for the next two years.
BRISBANE centre Brent Tate will continue his battle to play in Friday night's NRL clash with the Dragons when the Broncos train on the Gold Coast later today.
THE Bulldogs expect Travis Norton and Andrew Ryan to return for Saturday night's National Rugby League clash with Cronulla, but Braith Anasta is at least another week away.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have won their third consecutive match with a resounding 34-14 victory over the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium.
THE National Rugby League's referee interchange experiment barely raised an eyebrow or a mutter at Campbelltown when it was video ref Mick Lewis who made the biggest call of the game between Wests Tigers and North Queensland.
THE length of time New Zealand Warriors rugby league fullback Brent Webb takes for his goalkicks is an "absolute joke", Sydney Roosters captain Brad Fittler said yesterday.
AFTER an injury ruined season, filled with more lows then highs, the St George Illawarra Dragons season is officially over.
SCOTT Prince is a chance to push for a shock inclusion in Brisbane's halves against St George-Illawarra in Friday night's National Rugby League clash at Suncorp Stadium.
THE nine teams involved in the race for the National Rugby League top eight will go into this weekend's final round unaffected by the judiciary after none of their players were charged today.
TAWERA Nikau should learn tomorrow whether his doctor will allow him to travel to Sydney to present the Dally M award to the best and fairest player in the National Rugby League.