GRAND final opponents in three of the eight Queensland Cup seasons thus far, Toowoomba and Redcliffe clash in this Saturday?s match of the round.
BARLA Great Britain Lions coach Mick Turner has named the squad to face the Many Rivers Regional U21 Representative side at Kempsey on Wednesday.
STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: New South Wales 36 d Queensland 14.
Standings: New South Wales win series 2-1.
THE Wigan club can today confirm that Prop Danny Sculthorpe has signed a new three year deal which will keep him at the JJB Stadium until the end of 2007.
PARRAMATTA chief executive Denis Fitzgerald has proposed a one-month "trading window" as a solution to the debate over the controversial June 30 anti-tampering deadline.
SPORTSODDS NRL TEAMS & PREVIEW - ROUND 19
(Teams subject to change)
16 July ? 18 July 2004
(AEST times unless stated otherwise)
Fri 7:30pm: ROOSTERS (1st) V DRAGONS (6th)
Sat 5:30pm: PANTHERS (5th) V RAIDERS (7th)
Sat 7:30pm: COWBOYS (10th) V EELS (11th)
Sat 7:30pm: WESTS TIGERS (12th) V STORM (4th)
Sun 2:00pm (NZ) 12:00pm (AEST): WARRIORS (15th) V RABBITOHS (13th)
Sun 2:30pm: SHARKS (8th) V BULLDOGS (2nd)
Sun 3:00pm: KNIGHTS (9th) V BRONCOS (3rd)
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA CEO Peter Doust has provided Red V members with a brief update on the permanent lighting issue at OKI Jubilee Stadium (14/07/2004). According to Doust, the Dragons made an attempt to secure Federal Government funding for this key improvement in September2003. To date, the Dragons have had little success and it doesn't appearthat there is a clear plan to pursue the funding.Red V members were informed that the club had intended to install the lights themselves in late 2003. However, Kogarah Council reportedly asked the Dragons to delay the installation until after the Council elections in March this year. The Dragons have now delayed the possibility of installing the lights themselves as the St.George Leagues Club wants to gauge the impact of the new poker machine tax on its financial position.On a positive note, Doust mentioned that the Dragons are looking to introduce a "Master Development Plan" that will aim to attract funding for the lights and additional seating from the Federal Government. It's a pity that this plan wasn't designed and implemented following the 2003 season. A plan of this nature would have been timely with the 2004 Federal election.Supporters should be concerned that OKI Jubilee Stadium wasn't guaranteed 50% of home matches beyond 2005. If the joint venture is to continue, it is only equitable that Kogarah gains 50% of home games from 2006. St.George based supporters have been patient throughout the post-2002 period as WIN has automatically been granted a minimum of 7 home matches per year. It would be an unacceptable outcome if Kogarah doesn't gain at least 50% of home games from2006 onwards.It was also hinted that Kogarah might only gain 4 matches next season. It appears that a feature match against Souths at the SCG may be considered and that this match could be deducted fromKogarah's allocation of home games.R2K will actively oppose any scenario that doesn't guarantee OKI Jubilee Stadium a minimum of 50% of home games beyond 2005. R2K opposes any move in 2005 to take another NRL match away from the St.George district. In other news, the joint venture licence with the NRL has been extended until 2011. The Dragons admitted that the licence would revert back to St.George if Illawarra were to exit the joint venture, subject to NRL approval.
SOME of the NRL?s leading players have thrown their support behind the current June 30 anti-tampering deadline ? setting up a battle with club and league officials looking to change the system.
HULL winger Colin Best is to join Australian club St George-Illawarra Dragons for next season.
The 25-year-old, who has scored 51 tries in his two years at Hull, said last week that he was leaving the club.
SACKED New Zealand-born Cronulla rugby league player Jason Williams remains in custody following a brief appearance on assault charges at the Sydney Local District Court in Sydney today.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs explosive winger Matt Utai has forced his way back into the top grade after a number of outstanding performances for the Bulldogs Premier League team. Utai will come into the side on the wing for this Sunday's match against the Sharks at Toyota Park in place of Ben Harris who is relegated to Premier League.
IN the biggest rugby league fan poll ever conducted by the NRL?s official publication Big League, fans have indicated unprecedented support for the Storm to stay in Melbourne despite calls for the club to relocate as part of a proposed 16th NRL team.
PENRITH will have virtually their full strength side on the field against the Canberra Raiders this Saturday after Queensland forward Ben Ross was tonight cleared of a striking charge by the NRL judiciary.
MOTU Tony's agent has confirmed the former Warriors utility is considering a move back to the New Zealand club.
THE good news continued for the New Zealand Warriors yesterday with utility player Sione Faumuina agreeing to stay through to the 2007 rugby league season.