AFTER an 83 minute arm-wrestle it was the unlikely left boot of Shaun Timmins that edged NSW ahead of Queensland in Origin's first ever golden point victory
THROUGHOUT the years, stemming back to league?s inception back in 1895 in England, there have been many changes to this very day. Much of it similar as to what happens in the movie ?Office Space?, starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston, a ?consultant? comes in to see what works where, how it works and whether it is redundant or irreplaceable.
GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble has announced the Great Britain squad for the Gillette Tri-Nations Tournament to be held later in the year. As expected, Super League Champions Leeds contributed the most players from any club with 10 Rhinos named.
REDCLIFFE winger Chris Giumelli drew high praise for his first Wizard Cup appearance last week, ?one of the best debuts in quite a while? according to the Dolphins.
THERE has been no official announcement from St Helens regarding the matters leading to suspension and a disciplinary investigation of coach Ian Millward.
ST Helens have announced the suspension of Ian Millward from his position as head coach of the club pending disciplinary proceedings.
THE Bulldogs are the real ?dark-horse? when focusing on who is going to take out the 2005 Telstra Premiership. Despite being the defending premiers, the Dogs name has seldom been mentioned in reference to their possible back-to-back premiership aspirations. It has been over ten years since a team won back-to-back Grand Finals in a unified competition* Brisbane defeated St.George in 1992 and 1993 but since those two years, no team has been able to defend their crown.
IT'S not just me who needs to re-asses their season, a few teams out there were shown up in spectacular fashion last week as the competition took another twist in it's seemingly unending random nature. But whilst I face little more than the scorn of my peers for the meagre 31 from 56 picks I've carved out thus far, the failures of the Sea Eagles, Roosters, Storm and Warriors have far greater implications.
A final decision will be made tomorrow or Saturday about whether Penrith skipper Craig Gower will play against the Sharks on Sunday.
PENRITH Panthers captain Craig Gower has beaten out strong competition from Brett Kimmorley and Matt Orford to be named New South Wales halfback for the first State of Origin match at Stadium Australia next Wednesday.
ROOKIE Scott Prince has been selected at halfback for Queensland after a couple of rousing performances for the Tigers in recent weeks. Following injuries to key personnel, the Cane Toads were looking a little thin in the halves department, but fortunately Prince has stepped up in recent weeks to be given his first chance at the elite level, despite being earmarked several years ago.
PENRITH fullback Rhys Wesser will make his long awaited representative debut next Wednesday night after being selected at fullback for the Queensland State of Origin side.
THE second half of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup turned out of couple of interesting results, especially down in Tauranga when top of the table Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions were fortunate not to lose to the Glenora Bears.
HALFBACK Mathew Head (ribs) and forward Nathan Long (knee) have been cleared to play for the St.George Bank Illawarra Dragons against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium this Friday night.
However captain Trent Barrett (hamstring), winger Nathan Blacklock (hamstring), centre Matt Cooper (knee), prop Jason Ryles (knee) and second rower Lance Thompson (shoulder) will not be available for anywhere from 1-4 weeks.
DESPITE playing in a losing team, Shark's half back Brett Kimmorley has extended his lead to 15 points in this year's Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. The Cronulla skipper picked up another two points from our live updater as the Roosters ran out convincing winners.