WAYNE Bennett hinted he would quit as Queensland Origin rugby league coach to focus solely on the Brisbane Broncos.
THE first round of players have been named in the 2004 Australian Kangaroos train-on squad. They include players who are with teams now out of NRL contention.
LAST year's defending champions, the Mt Albert Lions were defeated by Marist Richmond Brothers.
Marist beat the Mt Albert Lions in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup Major semifinal, played on Saturday night at Ericsson Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Warriors/Tigers clash.
ST Albans Centurions will make history next month when they enter the draw for the world famous Rugby League Challenge Cup for the first time.
RICKY Stuart has a tough decision to make before the Roosters run out in their finals match against the Newcastle Knights this Saturday night - which player to leave out of the 18 man squad that was named today.
BRISBANE Bronco's pair Petero Civoniceva and Andrew Gee have decided against fighting high tackle charges stemming from last weekend?s loss to the St George/Illawara Dragons.
STORM halfback Matt Orford believes Melbourne?s lack of finals experience won?t be a factor in Friday night?s first semi final against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
REGULAR skipper Monty Betham returns to the Warriors' starting line-up for this weekend's finals clash against the Bulldogs in Sydney.
THE Sydney Green Brigade have now booked a charter service to Canberra and there are still 13 seats remaining for the 34 seat coach. The bus will be departing Eddy Avenue, Central Station at approximately 3:00 on Friday afternoon and will return to Sydney at the end of the Raiders game.
HAS this year been the best ever for Rugby League? In my humble opinion, it has far surpassed 1994 and I say this as a die-hard Raiders fan. Sure, we may not win the comp this year but we will take some beating, as will the other seven sides contesting the finals series.
THE New Zealand Warriors have been warned to expect a barrage of abuse when they end a three-year exile and return to the Bulldogs' headquarters for Saturday's National Rugby League (NRL) qualifying final.
FRIDAY night footy kicked off in front of a huge crowd of over 35,000 at Brisbane's old Lang Park. It was a tremendous game of champagne footy and the last hurrah for an injury- ridden Dragons side who out-classed the might of Brisbane. The St George hero was hooker Mark Riddell who barged over for two tries and then slotted a 41 metre penalty goal on the stroke of fulltime, giving the visitors a one point victory over a desperate Broncos side. The result sent the Brisbane camp into despair as they crashed to their seventh successive loss and gave supporters had a nervous two day wait with Parramatta a chance of leap-frogging Brisbane for eighth spot and a finals berth.
AS Melbourne prepares for its first NRL final in three years coach Craig Bellamy believes the Storm?s recent record over opponents Canberra is irrelevant.
MELBOURNE have made a habit of changing their captain mid-season but there was nothing amiss when New Zealand veteran Stephen Kearney failed to represent the club at a meeting of National Rugby League (NRL) play-off participants yesterday.
BRISBANE pair Andrew Gee and Petero Civoniceva are in danger of missing the club's qualifying final against Penrith after being charged with high tackles by the National Rugby League judiciary.