COUNTRY fullback David Peachey says experience may give him the edge over City's Anthony Minichiello when the two fullbacks vie for the NSW No.1 jumper in tomorrow night's representative rugby league match at Gosford.
CITY have beaten Country 17-16 in a sloppy match played in wet conditions at Gosford.
COUNTRY coach Brian Smith says the winner of tonight's City-Country match must provide the bulk of the NSW side for game one of this year's State of Origin rugby league series.
ROUND nine of the Queensland Cup is undoubtedly one of the most attractive of the season so far. There is something for everyone ? a grudge match in Ipswich; a wooden spoon battle at Purtell Park; the venture of the only New South Wales team into the deep north; a farewell to one ground and the battle for club championship supremacy on the Gold Coast.
The grudge match is between the Ipswich Jets and Norths Devils at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday night when former Ipswich coach, Gary Grienke returns to the scene of so many triumphs last season.
Queensland State of Origin legend, Trevor Gillmeister has charge of the Jets now and they are on top of the Queensland Cup ladder on 13 points while Norths are in ninth spot on four points, just ahead of Central Comets on percentages.
Still it promises to be a top match with Melbourne Storm coaching staff members likely to be on hand with the Storm playing the Broncos at ANZ Stadium the following day.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs will contest the Grand Final of the Jersey Flegg Competition tomorrow (Sat 17 May 03) against the Cronulla
ROUND 6 of the NSWRL Premier League starts again tomorrow, Saturday 17th May, after all eyes will be on the NSWRL City v Country clash tonight.
ROUND 5 already of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup and already the top teams of the competition are starting to cement their places. Stand out performances by the Hibicus Coast Raiders have seen them remain the only unbeaten team so far.
LONDON Broncos intend to travel to St Helens with just the one change to the team that was defeated last Friday by Leeds. Rookie Rhino, Tommy Gallagher, who was this week taken on month's loan from Leeds, has been handed the place on the bench left vacant by outgoing Leeds Academy winger, Austin Buchanan.
WARRIORS Coach Stuart Raper has announced the following side for Friday's home Super League clash with Warrington Wolves at the JJB Stadium.
POWERGEN Challenge Cup holders Bradford Bulls have announced that they, in association with Dudley Hill ARLFC, will hold a bucket collection at next week?s Super League game at Odsal Stadium between the Bulls and Leeds Rhinos in aid of the South London Storm player, Bobby Hutton who suffered a severe neck injury in a game last week at Dudley Hill.
NATIONAL League clubs have decided to fall in line with their Super League counterparts by introducing a salary cap.
AS we look ahead to Saturday's Tetley's Rugby Super League clash between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC at Headingley, and are relishing the centre battle between Keith Senior and Richie Barnett.
The Rhinos, unbeaten so far in Super League VIII, take on the high-flying Airlie Birds, who demolished Huddersfield 34-6 last Sunday afternoon to secure their third place in the table.
PAUL Cullen has named an 18-man squad for the Round 10 visit to The JJB Stadium this Friday.
IN Bulls Eye this week, Coach Brian Noble and second row forward, Rob Parker, look forward to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 10 game at the McAlpine Stadium when the Bulls travel to face the Giants in another West Yorkshire Derby.
NEW Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi has been ruled out of the National Rugby League for six weeks with a hand injury.