Robust looking squad for NSW, with a few surprises

CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley is the most glaring omission from NSW's very powerful looking preliminary State of Origin squad named today. Kimmorley is the incumbent Australian Test halfback, but was considered the Blues' third-choice number seven - at best - behind Newcastle's Andrew Johns and the Bulldogs' Brent Sherwin.

NSW preliminary squad for State of Origin

NEW South Wales preliminary 30-man State of Origin rugby league squad named today:

Bartercard Cup - Round 1 Draw

THE NZ Bartercard Cup season is due to start this weekend, with some much anticipated battles ahead for the young players.

Anderson makes two changes to Cronulla line-up

CRONULLA coach Chris Anderson has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's National Rugby League clash with Melbourne at Olympic Park, in a bid to reverse his team's poor start to the year.

Fletcher returns to captain Souths

SOUTH Sydney coach Paul Langmack has made a number of changes to his winless team for Saturday's National Rugby League match against Wests Tigers at Aussie Stadium.

Kennedy returns for Knights

TEST forward Ben Kennedy has been recalled to the Newcastle side for Friday night's National Rugby League blockbuster against the Bulldogs at Energy Australia Stadium.

Eden Park Chasing the Warriors

EDEN Park wants to be the new home ground of the Warriors.

Wiki to miss two NRL games

CANBERRA second rower Ruben Wiki will miss two National Rugby League matches after entering an early guilty plea to a grade three careless high tackle charge.

O'Donnell fails to receive leave to appeal

NATIONAL Rugby League judiciary chairman Judge Greg Woods has refused the Wests Tigers leave to appeal the 11 week suspension of Luke O'Donnell on a dangerous striking charge.

Thomson gives Sharp the dreaded vote of confidence

MANLY chief executive Ian Thomson has given besieged coach Peter Sharp the dreaded vote of confidence.

NRL wrap - ROUND FOUR

WOE to Parra supporters everywhere. Its hard not to feel for a club that tries so hard - I use the word 'tries' loosely as this is one part of the Eels game that evaporated last weekend as they were miserably dismantled by the Bulldogs in an even more miserable game of wet weather footy. Questions are being asked about the half and five eighth combination while coach Brian Smith appears to be on something of a slippery slope - the view from the top can't be all that rosy.

Barrett and Timmins cleared to play this weekend

DRAGONS internationals Trent Barrett and Shaun Timmins have been cleared to play their first games of the 2003 Telstra Premiership this weekend in the round five clash with Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium.

Souths In Crisis

THIS week whether or not George Piggins and his board are re-elected there is expected to be monumental movements

Round 4 judiciary charges

CANBERRA'S great start to the 2003 National Rugby League season could be tarnished with key forward Ruben Wiki landing in trouble with the judiciary.

Timely Wake Up Call For Storm

MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford believes Saturdays loss to Newcastle will serve as an opportune wakeup call following the first month of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.

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