THE two players criticised as "too soft" for State of Origin football last year will front up in Wednesday's return match as the most devastating of Queenslands big defensive hitters.
QUEENSLAND game-breaker Darren Lockyer will carry an ankle injury into Wednesday night's must-win second rugby league State of Origin in Sydney.
QUEENSLAND officials are paying little heed to NSW coach Phil Gould's public concerns over his side's poor preparation for State of Origin II.
HIBISCUS Coast Raiders maintained their unbeaten record in the Bartercard Cup national rugby league competition when they beat the Taranaki Wildcats 42-10 in New Plymouth.
ROUND 9 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition is over, with some great tussles.
DONCASTER Dragons have snapped up Kiwi prop Anthony Seuseu, who was released by Halifax on Friday.
The New Zealand international moved to Britain in January to take up a contract with the Shay outfit, but has not been able to secure regular starting places in the Halifax side.
WIGAN Warriors moved back into third place in the Tetley's Rugby Super League table with a 35-22 win at Bradford Bulls in an exciting clash at Odsal on Saturday night.
The Warriors continued their winning run and inflicted a second successive home defeat on Bradford for the first time since 1997.
GRAHAM Appo's late try was enough to give Warrington Wolves a 32-28 win over Widnes Vikings in a dramatic and exciting Tetley's Rugby Super League clash at The Halton Stadium.
The Vikings had come from 16-0 down to move 20-16 up after the break, and the scores were left tied at 28-all until Appo's second try of the game, in the 78th minute, gave the Wolves the win.
RICKY Stuart has said he would rather see Sydney Roosters captain Brad Fittler hang up his boots than play in England or for another National Rugby League club.
THE footy weekend started off with Penrith crushing the Knights. It was a super effort from the Panthers who had to contend with a media focussing on Newcastle's apparent lack of star players. Nevertheless, the Leagueunlimited.com best player was one P Campbell and hey presto! Look who's closing in on the Player Of The Year leader board! But it's hard not to feel something for the Knights who just can't seem to perform well without Andrew Johns. After being thrashed on Friday, the question is being asked, will Joey do a Freddy and retire from rep footy? The Blue's loss could be the Novacastrian's gain.
NORTH Queensland will ask the National Rugby League to examine a goal which it believes shouldn't have been awarded during the Cowboys' two-point loss to Parramatta on Saturday night.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill looks set for another stint on the injured list as Melbourne?s hot and cold season continued today following a 12-26 loss to the Bulldogs at Olympic Park.
SYDNEY Roosters hardman Adrian Morley is one of three players charged today by the National Rugby League judiciary. Morley was charged with a grade two careless high tackle on Wests Tigers prop Corey Pearson in the Sydney Roosters' 30-22 loss at Campbelltown Stadium yesterday and faces a possible two-match suspension.
DRAGONS halfback and NRL rookie Brett Firman today re-signed with St George Illawarra until the end of the 2005 season.
PREPARING for the National Rugby League's (NRL) top sides isn't a problem, it's the strugglers that pose the most challenges, according to New Zealand Warriors coach Daniel Anderson.