ARE careers outside football are a thing of the past or an ever-present reality? Many believe that rugby league is a full time job and the players get paid accordingly. This is a deep contrast to the games history where players where sometimes poverty stricken and played football during the week and attended to labouring jobs after the game. But is this type of footballer still present today? Or are all the first grade players playing our game today just pretty boys?
THE problem when it comes to referees, is spectators. No matter what they do, referee's just can't win. It's not all spectators that are the problem, but there are fans from all clubs that have the ability to be a disgrace. No matter who wins the match, groups of fans from the losing team are bound to be pointing their fingers at the man with the whistle to avoid seeing the fault lines that may appear in their own sides defence. They are too unwilling to realise that their team may have dropped the ball a dozen times when they had nothing but open field ahead of them. They are too biased to admit that their side just wasn't good enough to get the victory.
RESERVE grader Willie Talau's shock inclusion at five-eighth in the Kiwis lineup against the Kangaroos on Friday night has drawn comparisons with Olsen Filipaina's callup against Wally Lewis's world champion Australian side in 1985.
THE unofficial heavyweight title fight between Kevin Tamati and Greg Dowling at Brisbane's Lang Park in 1985 is embedded in rugby league folklore and Kangaroos firebrand Gorden Tallis doubts there will be anything to rival it during tomorrow's trans-Tasman battle.
HE had eight of his team for company when the Kiwis rugby league squad came together, but one New Zealand Warrior felt oddly out of place as the medicals were passed and new playing kit issued.
NEW Zealand second rower Ali Lauiti'iti has been ruled out of Friday night's Test against Australia after being found guilty of a high tackle at the NRL judiciary. Lauiti'iti received a one match ban for a grade one careless high tackle.
THE New Zealand camp has put a media ban on Penrith back-rower Joe Galuvao after his late call-up for a rugby league Test debut against Australia on Friday night.
AUSTRALIAN rugby league coach Chris Anderson has allayed fears that fatigue factor hurting several Kangaroos stars could prove the world champions' downfall against New Zealand in Friday night's clash at Aussie Stadium.
DOUBLE New Zealand international Matthew Ridge has provided the Wallabies and Kangaroos with some dressing room wall motivation before they take on their Kiwi counterparts this weekend.
AUSTRALIA and New Zealand will face each other in a one-off test at Aussie Stadium on Friday night..
THE Queensland Rugby League Southern Division in conjunction with the Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League and the Ipswich Junior Rugby League will host ?Silent Saturday? this Saturday 26th July.
WARRINGTON Wolves U21s take on Leeds Rhinos on Wednesday 23rd July, kick off 7.30pm at Wilderspool Stadium.
BRITISH-BASED Kiwi stand-off Robbie Paul has been using a hyperbaric chamber to help improve the healing process for his broken arm.
MELBOURNE Storm winger Marcus Bai is set to finish his playing career in the English Super League after accepting a lucrative two-year contract from Leeds last night.
NEW Zealand coach Daniel Anderson claimed Cronulla players feigning injuries had cost Ali Lauiti'iti his place in the Kiwi side for Friday night's test against Australia.