RUGBY League is a gladiator's sport. Only the fittest, most dedicated and toughest can survive, or reach the heights of playing or even captaining their country. It is a true man's game. But no matter how strong, fit or fast you are, sometime during your career playing the greatest game of all, you will suffer from an injury of some sort. Whether it be a corked thigh, concussion, broken bones, busted balls (in the sad case of Brett Kimmorley) and, the most horrific of them all: knee ligaments snapping, requiring a reconstruction. There is an argument that the busted balls are worse, but they're so rare that they don't really count. Kimmorley is probably the first player in history to suffer such an injury.
TRIPLE national representative Laura Mariu will pull on the black jersey for the Kiwi Ferns this month in defence of the Women's Rugby League World Cup title won by New Zealand three years ago.
THEY are rank outsiders for the National Rugby League clash in Auckland tomorrow night, but the Wests Tigers are planning to give the New Zealand Warriors a big fright, says hooker Robert Mears.
THE Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce the signing of Terry Hill to a contract with the club for National Rugby League season 2004.
SOUTH Sydney boss David Tapp says the club will consider its legal options to ensure Dallas Rennie honours his contract with the Rabbitohs.
THERE will be a touch of sadness in the air at Erricson Stadium tomorrow night as the Warriors play their final home round match against the Wests Tigers.
CRONULLA prop Chris Beattie and Dragons lock Dean Young were found not guilty of charges at the NRL judiciary tonight.
RUGBY league's prestigious Dally M awards night has been cancelled.
NEWCASTLE'S Test forward Ben Kennedy is in danger of missing the opening week of the National Rugby League finals series because of a foot injury.
IT'S fitting Andrew Gee's farewell to Brisbane fans on Friday night puts him equal with "Alfie" Langer in first grade games for the Broncos.
SCOTT Prince and Casey McGuire are set to play in the halves for Brisbane tomorrow night against St George Illawarra with Shaun Berrigan still in hospital today and Ben Ikin ruled out with a thigh injury.
RUGBY league players have threatened to boycott next week's Dally M awards unless the NRL makes meaningful progress towards a collective bargaining agreement by close of business tomorrow.
NEW Zealand Warriors halfback Stacey Jones says his side has lifted a couple of notches in his absence after getting a scent of the NRL finals.
MARK Geyer says the current Penrith team would beat the club's 1991 premiership-winning side, of which he was a part.
THE National Rugby League has described as unreasonable a threat by the Rugby League Professionals Association to boycott this year's Dally M Awards night.