AFTER resting a number of top-line players for last week?s clash with Manly, Melbourne Storm will welcome back a host of stars for this week?s first semi final against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
THE St.George Bank Dragons will be boosted by the return of international representative Luke Bailey for the first NRL qualifying final against the Panthers at Penrith Stadium this Friday night.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday evening at Telstra Stadium.
Coach Murrays team is;
NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition kicks back into action this week with Round 10 in full swing. The New Zealand A's win last Sunday against the NSW Country side will set up the competition well as we count down to the end of the season.
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Newport Titans v Valley Cougars (Pill Harriers RFC)
Swansea Valley Miners v Cardiff Demons (Ystalyfera RFC)
THE Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) is proud to announce that Penrith Subaru has agreed to terms on a sponsorship deal which will see the car manufacturer hold front of jersey rights on the Malta Knights until the completion of 2005.
BULLS Eye this week features Brian Noble and Paul Anderson who look ahead to Sunday's Round 18 game at Odsal when the Bulls meet the Wildcats in a game that sees Iestyn Harris make his debut for the Bulls.
RUSSELL Bawden is set to make a return to the club in time to meet Leeds at Griffin Park on Sunday 18th July. It will be Bawden's third spell in London where he has already played 131 games in his two previous stints.
He joined French side UTC at the close of the 2003 season where he has played 29 games under former Broncos Assistant Coach Steve Deakin, and is set to play for UTC in this Saturday's French Championship Final at Perpignan.
'Rusty' first played for London in 1996 and 1997 before joining Melbourne Storm in 1998. He chalked up 101 appearances for Melbourne before returning to London in 2002.
He missed just one game in his two seasons back with London, having been an ever-present in 2003.
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THE New Zealand Warriors have signed long term Canberra Raider Ruben Wiki to a three year deal that will see Wiki return to his home town of Auckland to finish his playing career. The deal is believed to be worth in excess of $300,000 per season for Wiki with a possible development role waiting for Wiki once he retires.
KNIGHTS utility Michael Ennis today agreed to terms with the St.George Bank Dragons for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Ennis, 20, has recently been starting at five-eighth in the Knights first-grade side, but his preference is hooker.
The Coffs Harbour-born Ennis, who made his NRL debut last year and has played 13 NRL games this season, played hooker for the NSW U19s and junior Kanagaroos last year.
"With Mark Riddell going, there was an opportunity to push for a regular first grade spot at hooker (with the Dragons)," Ennis said. "As much as I enjoy playing five-eighth, my preference is hooker.
"I was choosing between the Broncos and the Dragons. The Dragons young forward pack and the opportunity to play around people like Trent Barrett, Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier was a deciding factor. It's a bit similar to playing with Andrew Johns.
"I'm really looking forward to spending time training and playing with all the Origin blokes and their forward pack - being a hooker, it's pretty special."
THIS weekend, local junior Mark O?Neill will become only the second Wests Tigers player to ever play 100 first grade matches for the club (John Skandalis being the other).
THE Parramatta National Rugby League Club is pleased to announce that players Timana Tahu, Chad Robinson and Paul Stringer have agreed to terms to join the Club.
A thick fog rolled onto WIN Stadium as rain lashed the hearty and brave St George Illawarra Dragon supporters. They had little to celebrate however as the Dragons side started and finished in woeful fashion against a much more intelligent Brisbane side, the Broncos winning the encounter by 28 to 14.
2003 Grand Final centre Paul Whatuira has signed with the Wests Tigers, it was confirmed today.