Jim Beam Cup Match Cancellation Notice.

THE Newtown RLFC is proud to be sponsored by such great Australian business organisations as the Sydney Airport Corporation, the Petersham RSL Club and NTG. The Woy Woy RLFC has advised (late Saturday afternoon) that their ground is unplayable, and therefore the Jim Beam Cup competition match set down for 3 pm, Sunday, May 18 between Woy Woy and the Sydney Airport Jets is cancelled. This message was posted at 7.30 pm, Saturday, May 17.

Barrett to miss Origin I & II

ST George Illawarra Dragons' skipper Trent Barrett is almost certain to undergo ankle surgery next week. The injury which forced him from the field in last Friday's City v Country clash will see the NSW five eighth out of action for up to six weeks. This means he will not be available for the Dragons and will miss the first two State of Origin clashes.

Bartercard Cup - Round 5 results

ROUND 5 of the New Zealand Bartercard Cup went pretty much as expected barring the crushing loss by North Harbour Tigers to the Canterbury Bulls. The Auckland based teams, aside from the Bulls, handing out large scale wallopings to the provincial sides.

ESL Sunday Games - Review

BRADFORD Bulls prepared for their Tetley's Rugby Super League top-of-the-table battle with Leeds on Friday with a 52-6 thumping of Huddersfield Giants at The McAlpine Stadium on Sunday evening. The Bulls were rampant as they opened up a 28-0 interval lead despite the absence of four key players and the loss of Paul Deacon with an eye injury on the half hour.

Orford cleared & Smith to contest charge

MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford has been cleared of serious damage after partially dislocating his left kneecap in Sunday?s loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

Swain keen to keep streak alive

BRISBANE'S rugby league ironman Richard Swain is determined to keep his streak of 146 consecutive games alive against the Bulldogs in Sydney on Friday night.

Round 10 - NRL Wrap

THE match of the round was an absolute rip snorter with the City boys sneaking home by just one point against a top-notch Country outfit. Whoever said that these town v bush matches were not taken seriously, obviously have no idea. Sure, the concept of NSW hopefuls belting the hell out of each other and then taking on Queensland may seem illogical to some but think about how it toughens the lads up. So good was the match that the star pivot, Trent Barrett was forced off with a buggered ankle and I'm sure he can hardly wait for the surgeon's knife to start its handy work. You gotta laugh. I know a few of my mates from the Cane Toad state can see the funny side.

Walker joins the Roosters

FORMER Queensland centre Chris Walker will play the rest of the National Rugby League season with the Sydney Roosters after agreeing to terms with the premiers.

Gasnier out for 4-8 weeks

ST George Centre Mark Gasnier was this morning picked in in the 25-man NSW Origin squad but had little time to enjoy the news.

Finch drops Nash and admits Lyons got it wrong

NATIONAL Rugby League referees coach Robert Finch has dropped touch judge Steve Nash over the controversial ruling in Saturday's match between the Dragons and the Bulldogs which led to the Dragons being fined today.

Brown fined $10,000

ST George Illawarra were today issued with a NRL breach notice for $10,000 regarding post-match comments by Dragons coach Nathan Brown. This following an incident in the Dragons v Bulldogs match at WIN Stadium last Saturday.

Woolford Resigns With Raiders

RAIDERS captain Simon Woolford has re-signed with the Raiders for a further two seasons in a boost for the club as they prepare for their Wellington "home" game against the New Zealand Warriors. Woolford joined the Raiders in 1994 and Woolford, 28, is almost certain to finish his career with the Raiders. In other Raiders news, it was reported in yesterday's paper that speedster Phil Graham is being keenly sought by the Brisbane Broncos and has yet to agree on a new deal with the Raiders.

Eels still hoping for finals

PARRAMATTA coach Brian Smith hasn't given up hope of making the National Rugby League finals despite his out-of-luck side finding another way to lose today.

Kearns breaks into NSW Origin Squad

MELBOURNE Storm prop Robbie Kearns says making the NSW State of Origin squad was not in his season?s calculations at the start of the year, yet he is delighted by the prospect of making a return to the representative fold.

NRL watching slow goal kickers

THE National Rugby League (NRL) is considering the introduction of a basketball-style shot clock for goal kickers following concerns at the time absorbed taking conversions and penalties.

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