Kennedy is improving but still no certainty

NSW coach Phil Gould says injured second rower Ben Kennedy will be given until Sunday to prove his fitness for the State of Origin series opener against Queensland on Wednesday night.

Blues switch on as Gould sweats the fun out

THE New South Wales camp is happy with the progress of injured second rower Ben Kennedy as the countdown continues to this year's State of Origin series opener against Queensland.

Lewis statue aids Origin mind games

A life-size bronze statue of Queensland rugby league legend Wally Lewis has been returned to Brisbane's Lang Park.

Origin all clear for Queensland

EVERYONE in Queensland's rugby league team has been passed fit at the State of Origin medical in Brisbane today.

Menzies and Anasta in race to be Blues' 18th man

NEW South Wales coach Phil Gould has indicated Steve Menzies and Braith Anasta are in a two-horse race to be Blues' travelling reserve for State of Origin I against Queensland.

Johns nominates Lockyer as NSW's biggest worry

NEW South Wales has nominated brilliant fullback Darren Lockyer as the greatest threat to the Blues' hopes of wresting State of Origin supremacy back from Queensland this year.

Bulls Eye

IN this week's Bulls Eye, coach Brian Noble, second row forward, Lee Radford and stand off, Karl Pratt, look ahead to Sunday's Round 12 Tetley's Super League clash, which pits second against third at the Kingston Stadium as the Bulls travel to Hull.

Round 13 - Fridays Preview

THE Origin hype is starting to build but it has robbed us one of the NRL?s great grudge matches. Tonight the Bulldogs take on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium and with the Roosters missing seven players, the match is heavily stacked in favour of the out of sorts Bulldogs, who only have Steven Price on Origin duty.

Let There Be Lights!

R2K Comment: The below St.George-Illawarra press release confirms the Dragons have decided to switch their home game against the Broncos from Jubilee Oval to WIN Stadium. To offset the loss, Jubilee Oval has been allocated the round 25 match against Newcastle, which is a reasonable swap under the circumstances.

Hodgson out of Eels camp

EELS fullback Brett Hodgson will not be with the Eels next season after failing to come to terms on a new deal. Hodgosn is asking $230,000 a season and the Eels are willing to pay $150,000 a season leaving the fullback with little option but to look elsewhere. Parramatta do have last right of refusal meaning the Eels can make the final offer to Hodgson before he signs elsewhere.

Geyer resigns with Storm

AFTER re-signing today for at least a further two years, Storm winger Matt Geyer has predicted that Melbourne will once again reach lofty heights under the guidance of coach Craig Bellamy.

R2K Reminder : Deadline Approaching

ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA supporters only have until close of business on Tuesday to write to Hurstville Council in support of the proposed $50,000 Jubilee Oval donation. The donation is subject to public comment and it is very important that the Council receives positive feedback about the proposed donation. The deadline to contact Rockdale Council is a week later on Tuesday, the 17th of June. The proposed Rockdale Council donation is also subject to public comment.

Bulldogs experience comes through in the end

A Roosters side minus 7 of their top players played out of their skins but went down to the more experienced Bulldogs pack by 28 - 18 at Aussie Stadium.

Good news for Amos

ST George Illawarra Dragons winger, Amos Roberts received some good news today after being told he would not require shoulder surgery as expected. Indications are that Roberts may return in six weeks time.

Kearney To Equal Hero's Record

ON the verge of equalling the record for the most premiership appearances by a New Zealander, Storm skipper Stephen Kearney says he is humbled to be overtaking the man he idolised as a youngster.

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