Womens State of Origin final this weekend

ENERGYAUSTRALIA Stadium will host the Women's Rugby League State of Origin (NSW v Queensland) this Saturday afternoon.

Young Stallion enjoys life in Queensland

WHEN Hayden Karena left the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in May for the Central Queensland Comets, they were unbeaten in New Zealand rugby league's national competition.

Welsh RL Fixtures and Preview

SATURDAY 31st July

Match Report North Sydney Bears V Parramatta

THE Mighty North Sydney Bears Flegg team had a timely return to form, with a first class performance against the Parramatta Eels despite the wet and greasy conditions at North Sydney Oval on Saturday. In fact, both teams should be commended for their enterprising play in conditions not suited to expansive football. The Bears started well with a fine run down the left wing by Josh Lewis who managed to beat a couple of defenders and then threw a nice pass to Bryce Poisel who was tackled as he took the ball. But he managed to break free and had to crawl on his hands and knees to finally cross the try line for a 4-nil lead. The Bears followed it up with a fine run from Brett Law who laid on a brilliant inside ball to backrower Jacob Martin who scored under the posts to extend the Bears' lead to 10-nil. From the ensuing kick off the Bears received back to back penalties to find themselves deep on attack. A couple of tackles later, Mahana Tai found himself on the end of a pin point accurate grubber kick to have the Bears out to a 14-nil lead after only 20 minutes. A brief loss of focus proved costly for the Bears as a couple of missed tackles lead to 2 tries in five minutes to the Eels to cut the Bears lead to 14-10. Just prior to half time, the Bears were able to regain the momentum of the game with Jacob Martin's second try after great lead up work from Lee Te Maari and with a fine conversion by Johnny Russell had the Bears charging into the half time break with a 20-10 lead.

Match Preview North Sydney Bears V St George

THIS Saturday the North Sydney Bears are at home to the St George Dragons in Jersey Flegg and St George/Illawarra in Premier League.

National Secondary Schools Knockout Championship 2004

THE National Secondary Schools Rugby League Knockout Championship will run throughout August and September 2004. The school teams taking part in the Nationals have earned their place by playing in Secondary School competitions in their areas throughout New Zealand and now go forward to compete for the 2004 champions title. Last years champions, Kelston Boys High School, will this year, get a very tough draw as they were surprisingly beaten in a very close final by St Paul's College 14-12 who have rebuilt their side this year to take out the Auckland Provincial Title. Wainuiomata High School have, again, dominated the Wellington region and could be a very good bet to make the final, if they can get passed Canterbury's Aranui High School who have had a very strong Rugby League side in the past. Northland College are not to be under estimated either, and could prove to be the dark horse of the competition after their upset in the Northland Provincial final when they beat Whangarei Boys High School. Teams have been seeded on the competition format in each province and St Bernard's College, Otaki College and Hamilton Fraser College are the new schools to take part this year.

England U18 Academy Arrive In NZ

THE England U18 Academy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon and are preparing to take on the pinnacle of our teen Rugby League talent in their challenge against the Junior Kiwi squad, before moving on to meet the Australian School Boys. The English have brought over a squad of 23 players and 7 staff, including Rugby Football League Performance Director, and former Great Britain coach, David Waite. David Waite will be assisting the team and will not only monitor and mentor the two young coaches, but will certainly be looking at the abilities of the players with the endeavour to upgrade the very elite to the next level in their high performance pathway. It is also quite interesting to note that Harrison Hansen, son of former Northcote Tigers and Marist player, Shane Hansen will be wearing the red, white and blue colours when he steps on to the field to represent the English squad. He will be someone to watch out for and according to David Waite, is a very talented young player. A warm up game will take place for the England U18 Academy against an Auckland U18 Rep Team on Sunday 1 August 2004 at North Harbour Stadium, 1.15pm. This will be followed by two tests against the Junior Kiwi's, also at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 August 2004, both kicking off at 4.00pm. NAME 1 JAMES GRAHAM 2 DAVID ALLEN 3 AHSLEY GIBSON 4 LUKE STENCHION 5 DANNY WILLIAMS 6 DAVID DOHERTY 7 JASON GOLDEN 8 STEPHEN NASH 9 SCOTT MURRELL 10 BRETT FERRES 11 JOEL TOMPKINS 12 ANDY BRACEK 13 CHRIS ASHTON 14 SIMON GRIX 15 HARRISON HANSEN 16 DESI WILLIAMS 17 JAMES COYLE 18 CARL ABLETT 19 JOHN GALLAGHER 20 CRAIG HUBY 21 LEE SMITH 22 MATTHEW COOK 23 STEVE PICKERSGILL


NRL TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 21 (Teams subject to change) 30 July ? 01 August 2004 (AEST time) Fri 7:30: BULLDOGS v PANTHERS Sat 5:30: SHARKS v BRONCOS Sat 7:30: COWBOYS V DRAGONS Sat 7:30: EELS v TIGERS Sun 2:30: SEA EAGLES v RAIDERS Sun 3:00: RABBITOHS v KNIGHTS Sun 3:00: STORM v ROOSRERS FOR LIVE SCORE UPDATES, CLICK ON LINKS=>

Referee Interchange looks likely

RUGBY league's refereeing saga took another twist on Wednesday when it emerged the NRL could start next year's competition using the interchange system.

Berries to Bulldogs - 70 Year Team of Champions Named

In front of 900 guests at the Westin Hotel in Sydney earlier tonight, the Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club announced the 'Berries to Bulldogs' - 70 Year Team of Champions to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Club.

Dragons duo in car smash

ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett and centre Mark Gasnier were involved in a car crash in Wollongong but emerged unhurt.

Chris Anderson signs with Welsh rugby union

WORLD Cup-winning rugby league coach Chris Anderson is the new coach of Welsh rugby union side Newport-Gwent.

Blacklock out of Dragons v Cowboys clash

ST George Illawarra's Nathan Blacklock has been ruled out of tomorrow night's clash with the Cowboys in Townsville.

Kearns still seeing double

MELBOURNE prop Robbie Kearns may be forced to play the remainder of the NRL season with double vision in his left eye.

League Guru's round 21 preview

LAST weekend produced some of the closest results of the season, with two games going to golden point to decide the winner and both matches had finals ramifications. This weekend promises more of the same with some mouth-watering matchups so let?s get cracking.

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