THERE are some huge shocks in the New South Wales rugby league team named today for State of Origin I against Queensland at Suncorp Stadium on June 11.
THE 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup Final will be held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday 15 May, returning to Wales following the success of this year's event.
The showpiece game was held in Wales for the first time when Bradford Bulls met Leeds Rhinos a month ago, and was seen as a resounding success.
BRADFORD 12-22 London Broncos
HULL Kingston Rovers 23 - Oldham Roughyeds 10
ST George Illawarra winger Amos Roberts will most likely join team mate Trent Barrett on the sidelines after x-rays today revealed a fracture in his right shoulder.
MELBOURNE Storm?s undefeated run at Olympic Park came to a grinding holt today when it fell to the Sydney Roosters 20-27.
EELS fullback Brett Hodgson has been given permission to negotiate with rival clubs after his manager Darryl Mather approached the Eels with his client?s request. Hodgson?s manager has been in contact with the Wests Tigers who have $1 million to spend on recruitment this year and the Tigers are very interested in securing the services of Hodgson, a former Western Suburbs junior.
ROUND 12 began with the Raiders and the Sharks knocking each other senseless last Friday night. But despite scoring 3 tries to 2, the Sharks totally blew it and handed the match to Raiders. The win ended a 10 year hoodoo for Canberra at Toyota Park and have now grabbed back the number one spot on the ladder.
THE Sydney Roosters have beaten the Melbourne Storm 27-20 in a hard fought contest at Olympic Park this afternoon. The Storm led the Roosters 12-8 at the halftime break but tries to Craig Fitzgibbon and Craig Wing ensured the Roosters would not be denied.
QUEENSLAND rugby league selectors face an nervous wait this morning, with both Justin Hodges and Tonie Carroll placed on report yesterday.
BRISBANE Broncos utility and Queensland Origin selection Tonie Carroll has been charged with a grade one dangerous throw by the National Rugby League.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Robbie Kearns has labelled his selection for the NSW State of Origin side today as one of the greatest highlights of his career.
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THE Newcastle Knights have spoiled the Broncos home coming party with a comprehensive 32-22 victory at the newly renovated Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos opened ANZ Stadium in similar fashion back in 1993 when they lost their opening game to the lowly Parramatta Eels.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have comprehensively beaten the St George-Illawarra Dragons, downing them 36-16 at the Oki Jubilee Stadium this afternooon.