AUSTRALIA'S leading bookmakers today rushed to virtually dismiss Newcastle as a premiership no-hoper upon confirmation Andrew Johns would miss the rest of the National Rugby League season. Most bookies suspended betting on all things involving the Knights when news began to filter through this afternoon that something was amiss with the champion halfback and Test captain.
BRISBANE, Newcastle and the Sydney Roosters will continue to do it tough during the State of Origin series after failing on Tuesday to have the 2004 National Rugby League season extended by a week.
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ON Tuesday London Broncos announced that the club would remain at Griffin Park for another five seasons, and today, captain Jim Dymock has
agreed to a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at the Broncos until the end of the 2004 season.
AUSTRALIAN and Newcastle captain Andrew Johns will miss the remainder of the National Rugby League season and the Kangaroo tour because of a bulging disc in his neck.
THE Newcastle Knights will make an announcement later this afternoon on the immediate playing future of captain Andrew Johns. The Knights have called a press conference for 4pm this afternoon.
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier will have a medical before he is given clearance to make a comeback from a quad tear to play against the Sharks at Toyota Park tomorrow night.
MATCHWINNER Darren Lockyer's return from injury has become a delicate timing issue for the Brisbane Broncos.
WARRIORS Coach Daniel Anderson said he would rather face Newcastle on Friday night with Andrew Johns.
CALLS for a new feeder competition for NRL league are falling on deaf ears at the Warriors.
THE Raiders will need to rely on all their depth this weekend with Brad Drew and Clinton Schifcofske ruled out through injury.
CHUNKY Kiwis and Bulldogs wing Matt Utai recorded the first successive hat-tricks in the National Rugby League (NRL) for almost a decade when he scored three tries against Melbourne last weekend.
AT Parra Leagues, Saturday 16th August, 11am-1pm a meeting will be held for Rugby League Fans to form an Association.
NATIONAL Rugby League boss David Gallop insisted there was no hidden "pot of gold" as leading players upped the ante in their push to gain a greater share of the spoils.
A week is a long time in football. I know I've heard that somewhere before and for the Knights, never has a statement rung true with such clarity. Last weekend the Knights thumped the hapless Cowboys and Knights fans had reason to be cautiously optimistic about their chances leading up to the finals then they have the collective rug pulled out from under them when it was revealed yesterday the games premier player Andrew Johns has a bulging disc in his neck that will prevent him from taking the field again this year, including the Kangaroo tour.