THEY'VE duked it out for 26 rounds. One by one, they've fallen by the wayside - voted out by the fans for all manner of reasons. Some were done for bad form, some for injury, others for suspension and others still for simply not standing out enough on the park.
THE NRL's finals series kicks-off on Friday night with the Panthers hosting St George Illawarra at Penrith Stadium.
THE Bulldogs have managed to put 50 on their opponents for the second week in a row and have booked one of the top two spots (dependent on the result of the Roosters game) with a 54-10 hammering of the New Zealand Warriors at Ericsson Stadium this afternoon. Until at least 4:45pm the Dogs hold top spot and they did it with class.
MELBOURNE Storm will kick-off its NRL finals campaign against the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane next Saturday after suffering a narrow 28-30 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
CANBERRA enforcer Ruben Wiki refuses to concede defeat in his quest to play again in the NRL this season.
I'VE watched a lot of Rugby League. Probably more than would be considered healthy.
BEING a Sharks fan feels good again. No more anger, no more frustration. Little desire to scrape my eyeballs on sandpaper to distract me from the anguish of losing? again. There can be no doubting it ? Stuart Raper is the right man for the job.
BULLDOGS centre Willie Tonga has been called into the Queensland side for next Wednesday night?s second State of Origin match at Brisbane?s Suncorp Stadium.
SCOTLAND go looking for their first win over England at open age level when they face the Lionhearts at Hamilton RFC on Sunday. Scotland have lost both meetings with the Auld Enemy in the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Championship but went down only to a late try in York last summer and have won four of their last five internationals.
STARTING at 6pm tomorrow night, (Wednesday 9th June) at Bridgend Town AFC, home of the Bridgend Blue Bulls RLFC, East meets West at Senior and under 15 level in the inaugural ?State of Origin? clash between the rising forces of Rugby League in Wales.
QUENTIN Pongia today advised the Wigan Club of his wish to retire from Rugby League.
HUDDERSFIELD are poised to sign Canberra Raiders utility player Brad Drew on a two-year contract.
The 28-year-old half-back or hooker, who has also played for Parramatta, will join the Giants next season.
PENRITH Panthers CEO Shane Richardson will officially leave the club this week and start the tedious task of re-building the South Sydney Rabbitohs from next Tuesday.
MANLY are expected to announce the signing of representative forward Ben Kennedy later today.
THE Parramatta Eels are the first rugby league identity to honour the memory of rugby league journalist and broadcaster Peter Frilingos, who died suddenly last month.