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.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and loose forward Mike Forshaw look ahead to Saturday's Tetley's Super League Round 23 game at Odsal when top of the table Bulls meet Hull FC currently in fifth place and looking for their first win in four outings.
ST Helen's prop Darren Britt has been forced to retire from Rugby League due to a severe head injury he recieved in last week's match against Hull.
WARRINGTON Wolves have signed Daryl Cardiss, 26 from Halifax from now until the end of the 2004.
ST Helens prop forward Darren Britt has retired from the game after sustaining a serious head injury.
The 33-year-old Australian suffered fractures to his eye-socket, cheekbone and jaw after an accidental clash of heads in the first minute of last week's game against Hull FC.
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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.
WIGAN Full Back Kris Radlinski has been given the news he has been waiting for, he has been given the all clear on his wrist tendon injury.
THE Newcastle Knights silenced their critics with an inspiring 36-20 win over the New Zealand Warriors.
MELBOURNE Storm rookie Billy Slater is adamant this Sunday?s crucial clash with Parramatta will be a fight to the final bell as both teams look to keep their finals hopes alive.
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.
WARRIORS Coach Daniel Anderson said he would rather face Newcastle on Friday night with Andrew Johns.
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.
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.