QUEENSLAND will have to overcome a 15-year Origin hoodoo to win this year's State of Origin series.
QUEENSLAND Test prop Shane Webcke has questioned whether State of Origin rugby league players are being short changed at $5,000 a game.
QUEENSLAND officials admit several players can kiss goodbye their hopes of Test selection unless the Maroons level the State of Origin series at Telstra Stadium tomorrow night.
WYNNUM maintained its number one spot on the Queensland Cup ladder but needed a late scoring spree to overcome Central Comets 30-24 in the ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. An early penalty goal to hooker Jade Wogand and then a try from a dummy half dart saw the Comets lead 8-0 after fifteen minutes. Wynnum winger Josh Jepson scored a good try 5 minutes later to reduce the deficit to 8-6 but the Seagulls struggled to match the Comets commitment.
THE next home game for the Broncos will be against Hull FC on Saturday 5th July.
SYDNEY Roosters hardman Adrian Morley concedes he has a battle on his hands escaping suspension at the National Rugby League judiciary tonight.
ST George Illawarra Dragons captain Lance Thompson will be sidelined for approximately six weeks. The inspirational backrower has a fractured foot following an injury during last Saturday's match against the Rabbitohs. Thompson, 25, also has a fractured eyesocket.
Team doctor Martin Raftery said he would not know the full extent of the injury until further tests tomorrow.
PARRAMATTA coach Brian Smith has named a 20 man Eels squad for their clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
NSW centre Jamie Lyon has been picked in the centres although any recurrance of his hamstring injury in Origin 2 would likely rule him out. Ashley Graham is his most likely replacement having been named on a 6 man bench.
MANLY coach Peter Sharp has had to move Luke Willianson into the standoff position to cover for the injured Ben Walker in this weekends game against the St George/Illawara Dragons at Brookvale Oval.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach, Steve Folkes has included Queensland Origin players, Steve Price and Travis Norton in the Dogs team to meet the Penrith Panthers this Sunday at Penrith.
PANTHERS coach John Lang has named a full strength side for this Saturdays game against the Bulldogs at Penrith Stadium.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach, Micheal Hagen, has named a full strength squad for this weekends clash against the Parramatta Eels.
THE Warriors will travel to Sydney on Saturday for their Round 16 clash against the Rabbitohs and will remain in Australia until after their Round 17 game against the Cowboys in Townsville.
ST George Illawarra's finals hopes have suffered another major blow with in-form captain Lance Thompson ruled out for the rest of the regular National Rugby League season.
NEW Zealand Warriors prop Jerry Seuseu has been rested again this weekend to try and rejuvenate him after a marathon 2002 rugby league year.