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THE schedule for the New Zealand A Tour of Great Britain has been confirmed, and will begin with a clash against Cumbria on Sunday 19 October.
The Kiwis will bring a squad of 'resident' players, selected from their Bartercard Cup competition, for the five-match visit.
LAST year?s Premiers Redcliffe secured second spot with an impressive 42-26 win over Easts in the ABC Television match at Dolphin Oval. Big front rower Adam Starr scored the Dolphins first try off a Shane Perry pass after only three minutes for a 6-0 lead. The Tigers although out of finals contention were enthusiastic and winger Steve Beattie crossed out wide after 20 minutes of the match to level the scores. Redcliffe?s try scoring machine Aaron Barba, moving to Penrith in 2004, then snatched a 90 metre intercept to break the deadlock and take his tally to 28 tries this season. Five eight Perry scored to extend the lead and then was again involved in the lead up for Daniel Green?s try for a 22-6 lead at half-time.
THE last four teams are now chosen in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition for 2003.The team to go out this week was last year's finalists, the Hibiscus Coast Raiders.
THE National Rugby League (NRL) judiciary commissioner has decided not to charge anyone over the nasty brawl that erupted in the New Zealand Warriors' match against the Brisbane Broncos yesterday.
THE Sydney Roosters have today beaten the Manly Sea Eagles by 46-16 in windy conditions in front of just under 10,000 people in a result that would hearten Roosters fans, especially with so many stars missing.
WITH their 2003 campaign all but over, St George Illawarra Dragons chief executive Peter Doust has backed Nathan Brown stating that he has an enormous amount of faith in the rookie coach.
CRONULLA trio David Peachey, Dale Newton and Reece Williams could have their seasons prematurely ended on Wednesday night when they appear before the National Rugby League judiciary.
DRAGONS halfback Brett Firman has overcome a hamstring injury to play in the club's must-win round 25 Telstra Premiership clash with the Knights at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Sunday.
THE Newcastle Knights welcome back Timana Tahu and Robbie O'Davis for their do or die clash with the St George Illawarra Dragons this weekend. If the Knights lose they may well miss the finals and a win will see them qualify for the top eight.
THE Canberra Raiders have named a six man bench for their blockbuster clash with the Bulldogs at Sydney Showground on Friday night.
FOLLOWING Kogarah Council's recent statement that Jubilee Oval is under utilized, Dragons CEO Peter Doust has implied that Kogarah is a more economically viable option for the Dragons than WIN Stadium. In today's `Sydney Morning Herald', Doust cast some doubt over the future of the Dragons at WIN Stadium should the new poker machine tax in NSW become effective.
KOGARAH Council has stated that Jubilee Oval is currently `under utilized' as the Dragons are only planning to play 4 home games at the venue in 2004. The Council statement comes in the wake of 3 local residents objecting to the arrival of Sydney Olympic at Kogarah for the 2003/2004 season.
FRIDAY night footy saw another loss for the Dragons who went down to the Storm in Wollongong. By rights, Saints should be out of contention for the top eight but results in other matches have been keeping their slim hopes alive. The Storm on the other hand have secured themselves a semi-final spot and are looking the goods to give the comp a real shake.
THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys today announced that long serving prop John Buttigieg would retire from Rugby League due to a chronic knee injury.