MAY 3, 2004
ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has been dumped from the Queensland State of Origin rugby league squad after being charged with assaulting police in Brisbane early today.
Police had to use pepper spray when they arrested the Sydney Roosters winger following an altercation at 4.15am in inner-city Fortitude Valley.
THE Newtown Jets RLFC take on the might of the Melbourne Storm NRL team this Saturday (March 6) at Henson Park, with the action getting underway at 5pm. This will be Newtown's first encounter with a full-strength First Grade opposition team since the Jets' final season in the former NSWRL Premiership competition back in 1983.
Newtown coach Colin Murphy, who played with the Jets from 1975-1983, admits this Saturday's game will be a big ask for his Premier League players, but says "it will be the pinnacle of my blokes' Rugby League careers and the absolute time of their lives. I hope thousands of Newtown supporters flock back to Henson Park next Saturday to cheer us on. This will be a really emotional occasion, and a huge moment in the history of our famous old club. What better time for Jets fans to get back to Henson Park than to see Newtown's long awaited return to the highest level of Australian Rugby League?"
Melbourne Storm officials John Ribot and Dean Lance will need no introduction to Newtown and Henson Park. They both played with the gritty inner-city club more than twenty years ago - Ribot from 1978 to 1979, and Lance from 1982 to 1983. Both were team-mates of the Newtown Jets present-day coach, Colin Murphy, and doubtless will have many stories to recall of their youthful pranks in the Harbour City.
All roads lead to historic Henson Park next Saturday (March 6), when the Sydney Airport Jets host 2003 NRL semi-finalists the Melbourne Storm in a "no holds barred" Rugby League trial match, with the kick-off timed for 5pm.
LONDON Broncos have suffered a set back ahead of Saturday night's Tetley's Super League 'home opener' against St Helens, but coach Tony Rea remains confident that his team will 'shift up another gear' at Griffin Park.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Tevita Vaikona look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 2 clash at Belle Vue when the Bulls take on the Wildcats.
ONE of London Broncos' eleven close season signings is a young man whose recent rugby league journey is quite complicated. But it's not so much the 'journey' that is causing confusion, but rather the 'name'.
WITH only a week to go before the 2004 NRL Season kicks off, St George Illawarra have kicked an important off field goal by announcing a four year Major Sponsorship deal with St.George Bank.
MELBOURNE Storm boss John Ribot says he did the right thing by not telling the NRL about sexual assault allegations against two of the club's players.
THE St George-Illawarra Dragons have this afternoon announced St George Bank will be their major sponsor for the 2004 National Rugby League season.
WHEN the Legends' Walk officially opens at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Saturday (6/3/04), R2K's paver in honour of the late Lancelot Lewis `Daddy' Earl will be unveiled with the host of other bricks and granite tiles. Several months ago, R2K purchased 4 pavers from the Jubilee Oval Community Appeal. While 3 of these will be engraved with R2K's website details, R2K decided to set aside a paver to pay tribute to one of St.George's earliest benefactors.
MELBOURNE Storm can confirm that two players are assisting Police with inquires related to an alleged assault claim.
THE Brisbane Broncos will move very quickly to fend off any rugby union poachers by signing New Zealand-born rookie Karmichael Hunt to a long-term deal with the National Rugby League (NRL) club.
RUGBY league?s king sized headache receded slightly today, with an internal NRL inquiry clearing clubs of a number of misconduct allegations.
ITS known as the Webb Rule ? and embarrassed as he is, Warriors fullback Brent Webb is quick to point out that none of his team-mates have ever invoked a change to National Rugby League regulations.
THE Melbourne Storm has confirmed that two of their players are assisting police with their inquiries into an alleged sexual assault in a Victorian suburb.