LEAGUEUNLIMITED?S player of the year awards has a new joint leader this week with Roosters half back Brett Finch scoring three points and jumping two places. Finch is joined by Cowboys powerhouse Paul Rauhihi who scored two points from the same match, moving up to 19 points overall.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce that Shaun McRae has been appointed Head Coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for seasons 2005 and 2006, with Arthur Kitinas moving into the NRL Assistant Coach role.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has hit out at the New Zealand Warriors for wasting time during their upset 20-10 win.
IRELAND squad for next weekend's game v England being named tomorrow night.
THE Bartercard Cup match between Hibiscus Coast Raiders and the Eastern Tornadoes was played in typical Whangaparoa weather, 40 minutes sunny, and 40 minutes dreadful.
SCOTLAND A have named six players from the TotalRl.com Conference in their squad to take on the RLC Lionhearts on Sunday 13 June at Hamilton RFC.
Liverpool Buccaneers are well represented with prop Ash Carroll, formerly of Chorley Lynx, captaining Scotland again and being joined by club-mates Jon Fitt - of Liverpool Hope University - and three-quarter Mark Webster, who was a regular for Thatto Heath in the National Conference this winter. All are Scotland A regulars but coach Kevin Rudd has made six changes to the 17 who beat Ireland in the final game of last season.
QUEENSLAND Cup rugby league fans were dealt up a treat today when Wynnum defeated Redcliffe 30 - 28 in todays tv game. The standard of football was first rate and the game went down to the wire.
BROTHERS Valleys clash with Easts Tigers marks the return of Josh McCartney to the playing field.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants and London Broncos have joined forces in order to stage a fundraising dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured rugby league players Danny Scott and Matt King at Huddersfield?s historic George Hotel on Sunday 27 June.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have withstood a late charge from the St George Illawarra Dragons to come away 14-12 winners at WIN Stadium tonight.
THE Parramatta Eels have beaten the Newcastle Knights 18-16 at Energy Australia Stadium in a match that took the full 80 minutes to decide.
THE Melbourne Storm have fought off a late comeback from the Wests Tigers to win a very good match 30-24 at Olympic park this evening.
LIVING out in the country, five hours from your nearest league stronghold, it?s hard for a fan to really get as involved in the greatest game as he?d like to. In fact, in the last four or five years there has been very little NRL contact with the region. Local products such as Dean Widders and Jason Ferris have done their part, and Tamworth were given a trial between Sydney and Manly in 2002- but otherwise Armidale and the New England region haven?t been given the time of day.
MAD Butcher Fox Memorial Grading Round - 1/2 May
THE NRL partnership executive discussed the issue of whether the NRL should pursue a 16th team today.