NEW Zealand League officials are angry at the Papua New Guinea league team for pulling out of its upcoming tour here.
WITH five rounds of matches still to be played before the top five teams play off. It's still a wide-open competition to see who makes the cut off on the 18th of August.
THIS last weekend was a catch-up weekend for games postponed by the "weather bomb" N.Z experienced last week.
HULL KR ACADEMY 21 - HULL FC ACADEMY 18
Castleford's Head Coach Graham Steadman has named a nineteen-man squad ahead of tonight's local derby with Leeds at Headingley, kick-off is at 8.00pm. The Tiger's squad is as follows:
Jon Wells, Barrie Jon Mather, Darren Rogers, Danny Orr (capt), Mitch Healey, Nathan Sykes, Wayne Bartrim, Dean Sampson, Lee Harland, Dale Fritz, Ryan Hudson, Andy Johnson, Kyle Warren, Andy Lynch, Wayne Godwin, Waine Pryce, Michael Smith, Tommy Saxton and Adrian Rainey.
Aussie pair Michael Eager (dislocated elbow) and Mark Lennon (leg muscle tissue damage) are missing due to respective injuries sustained in last week's London game in Brentford. Loose forward Ryan Hudson is back in contention after missing the last 2 games with an ankle injury and teenager Tommy Saxton is yet again named in the squad.
THE Annual Back To Newtown Day will be held at Henson Park next Saturday, July 20, when the Newtown Jets host the Balmain Tigers in the NSWRL First Division competition.
BOTH Darren Smith and Willie Mason make a return to the Bulldogs side for Friday nights game against the Roosters at Sydney Showground (7.30pm kick-off). Mason missed Sundays game against the Dragons with an elbow injury and Smith hasnt played since State of Origin 3 also because of an elbow injury.
BULLDOGS vs SYDNEY ROOSTERSFri Jul 19, Sydney Showground, 7.30pm
THE Newcastle Knights will take their most inexperienced team of the year into their clash against the Penrith Panthers this Sunday at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
AFTER a season that has been characterised by impatience, last weeks emphatic win over the highly fancied Sydney Roosters marked the first time in a long time, that the Storm has got it right.
NEW Zealand Warriors' head coach Daniel Anderson has named three former Eels in his forward pack for this Sunday's clash against Parramatta. Mark Tookey and PJ Marsh will start the game in the front row whilst former Parramatta junior Justin Morgan has been named on the interchange bench.
BRISBANE Broncos winger Lote Tuqiri this afternoon signed a deal with rugby union and will switch codes next season.
NATIONAL Rugby League boss David Gallop on Sunday night welcomed a desperately-needed shot in the arm for the code after a wonderful finale to round 18 of the premiership.
CRONULLA'S leap into good form could hit a snag at the National Rugby League judiciary this week with key forwards Phil Bailey and Karl Lovell both potentially facing lengthy suspensions.
BRISBANE coach Wayne Bennett believes the National Rugby League has to take responsibility if, as expected, Lote Tuqiri announces a switch of codes today.