THE first battle in this year's State of Origin series is set to be staged in a Canberra boardroom after the Queensland Rugby League reiterated its opposition to extra time.
QUEENSLAND has named four rookies in its 22-man State of Origin rugby league squad released today.
WITH the Cowboys having the bye, the Young Guns fielded an NRL strength forward pack to defeat premiers Redcliffe 30-8 at Dolphin Oval in the ABC Television match. North Queensland?s effort however in the first half was below par and when Dolphins speedster Aaron Barba notched two tries, taking his season tally to nine, the home side led 8-0 after 15 minutes. Redcliffe dominated all aspects of the game in the first half but led only 8-6 at the break following a try to Young Guns skipper Paul Dezolt on half-time.
RESULTS in so far from the weekend's Premier League games:
THE coach of the Warriors has given up a reason why Stacey Jones has not been playing up to his usually high standards so far this season.
CANBERRA Raiders Ruben Wiki and Tyran Smith were more than happy for their National Rugby League club to still be wearing the underdog tag when they visited Wellington yesterday.
THE Canberra Raiders have named a strong side for their round nine clash with the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park.
IN light of Wayne Bennett?s comments surrounding the choice of his wingers for the upcoming Origin series, I?d like to make the case for Clinton Schifcofske.
THE Warriors line-up has been named for Saturday nights National Rugby League clash against Parramatta in Auckland.
DRAGONS front rower Luke Bailey will miss this weekend's match against Penrith but could miss up to eight weeks with a back injury.
ST George Illawarra prop Luke Bailey has been cleared of a suspected fractured vertebrae.
CRONULLA'S woeful start to the National Rugby League season will be discussed at board level tonight.
RAIDERS workhorse, Alan Tongue, has been ruled out for three weeks with a fractured hand. Tongue got up from a tackle against Souths clutching his hand but continued to play on despite the injury. Tongue joins the Monaghan brothers and Terry Martin on the Raiders casualty list with all players due back within the next four weeks.
MELBOURNE Storm fullback Robbie Ross's horrid run of injury has continued after he was today ruled out of this week's clash with the Raiders due to a bulging disc in his lower back.
ST Albans Centurions came agonisingly close to posting their first win in their National League 3 debut with a comeback of the season contender only to lose to a last minute try. The Centurions trailed 16-0 after 47 minutes and looked set for a hammering against a Teesside team who had lost just once in the last two seasons.