THE Sydney Roosters were renowned as the benchmark in 2004 in so many ways. They continued to set the standard in defence, with their fast moving defensive structure helping them concede the fewest points in the NRL. They were the benchmark off the field as well, setting the standard in astute recruitment of players and coaching staff. They also enhanced their reputation as a club opposition fans love to hate. Their record breaking Jersey Flegg side went through 2004 unbeaten and the Roosters also won the Premier League competition.
FRENCH rugby league coach Mick Aldous has announed his squad for the test match against New Zealand in Carcassonne on November 11.
A shortened round this weekend with the Bulldogs, Roosters and Broncos all enjoying the bye as they are providing the bulk of the players to the second Origin match at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.
IN Bulls Eye this week Brian Noble looks ahead to Sunday's Round 14 game at the Willows when the Bulls look to get back to win ways against Salford City Reds.
TONY Rea has dropped centre Rob Jackson and utility Tom Haughey for Saturday's game at the Haliwell Jones Stadium.
The pair have faced the axe on the back of poor performances and the team will see the return of Joe Mbu and Paul Sykes.
Mbu was rested last week while Paul Sykes was carrying an ankle injury.
Sykes this week joined his housemate Rob Purdham in signing a new three-year contract with the club.
The game kicks off at 4.05 and is live on both Sky Sports and BBC Radio 94.9fm.
Broncos Junior Academy willplay the curtain raiser at the Haliwell Jones Stadium.
Team as follows:
Sykes, Kirkpatrick, O'Halloran, Wells,Greenwood, Sanderson, Moran,Retchless, Budworth, Trindall, Mbu, Brocklehurst, Dymock: Botham, Stringer,
RUGBY league clubs have been asked to support this month?s joint fundraising dinner & auction for seriously injured players Matt King and Danny Scott by donating their replica shirts for sale or auction at the event, which takes place at Huddersfield?s George Hotel on Sunday 27 June.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced plans for the launch of ?The Bradford Bulls Foundation?. Look North?s Christa Ackroyd will host the event, which will aim to provide details of the Foundation?s plans to continue the work of the award winning Bradford Bulls Community Development Programme and the Foundation will be officially launched by Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport and Tourism.
A solid performance by the Dragons at Penrith Stadium in front of 16,184 patrons was good enough for them to come away with the win over the Panthers by 28-8.
MELBOURNE Storm winger Matt Geyer has been ruled out of tomorrow night?s match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs due to a nasty gash on his left shin, suffered during last week?s six-point win over the Wests Tigers.
BULLDOGS pivot Braith Anasta is set to make his long awaited return from injury in the National Rugby League clash against the Canberra Raiders at Gosford next week.
PENRITH may make last minute changes to their first grade side to play St George-Illawarra tonight after a mystery virus circulated through the club.
A blow for the Cronulla Sharks in the leadup to tomorrow night's game against Canberra, with both fullback David Peachey and centre Nigel Vagana ruled out with injury. Peachey succumbed to a thigh strain in the second half of last weekend's game against Brisbane, while Vagana injured his ankle in the dying minutes of that same game.
TRIBUTES have begun flowing in for former rugby league referee and broadcaster Col Pearce, who passed away overnight.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys forward Glenn Morrison can see one positive out of the back injury that has almost certainly ended his NRL season - he'll get to spend more time with his eight-week old daughter Halle-Blu.
NSW Origin assistant coach John Cartwright has immediately called on the NRL to make a quick decision in appointing a 16th team for 2006 after being announced as Gold Coast coach.