CANBERRA Raiders captain Simon Woolford will miss this weekends clash with North Queensland after submitting an early guilty plea on a high tackle charge.
FORMER Penrith rookie Steve Turner will make his Storm debut this Sunday when Melbourne hosts the St George Illawarra Dragons at Olympic Park.
AFTER just two rounds, the Bulldogs and the Roosters occupy the top two spots on the ladder ? with many critics already believing Friday?s game could be a preview of the 2004 grand final.
THE Canberra Raiders have named Brad Drew at hooker for Saturday night?s clash with North Queensland and have confirmed that veteran Ruben Wiki will captain the side in the absence of Simon Woolford.
DEFENDING premiers Penrith have named the same line-up that stormed home against Canberra last Friday night to take on the New Zealand Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier returned to training with the St George Bank Dragons today as planned.
HOOKER Chad Randall,rookie Kane Cleal and veteran Albert Torrens have been chosen in an 18 man Sea Eagle side to play Cronulla Sutherland at Shark Park on Saturday at 5.30 p.m.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has stuck with the same squad which beat the Brisbane Broncos last weekend, to play the Newcastle Knights at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.
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MATT Utai has been named on the wing for the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs for this Friday nights with rookie Sonny Bill Williams moving to the interchange bench.
DAVID Simmons will play only his second first grade game this weekend, having been named by Cronulla coach Stuart Raper in the team to play Manly. Simmons replaced Nathan Merritt who injured his ankle last week against the Bulldogs.
KNIGHTS Coach Michael Hagan has named a strong lineup to travel down to Parramatta to face the Eels in Round 3 of the NRL competition.
AS promised NZ Warriors coach Daniel Anderson has made some sweeping changes in the side named today to take on the Penrith Panthers in Auckland on Sunday, following the lack lustre performance shown by his team against the Dragons in Round 2.
MOTU Tony, Brisbane Broncos fullback, and Kiwi international has been sidelined for between 4-6 weeks following an injury sustained in the match on Sunday.
BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has made changes to his team which lost to the Eels last weekend.
Forwards Dane Carlaw and Brad Meyers are set to return from injury in Sunday's clash with the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown on Sunday afternoon.
CRONULLA fans were bemoaning the lack of attacking football on display during the double header, but when Brett Kimmorley shot a perfect cut out pass onto the chest of Matt Rieck for the first try of Saturday?s game, it signalled a return to the Sharks of old. Unfortunately, a hangover from the Chris Anderson era remains ? ill discipline ultimately cost Cronulla the game. If Stuart Raper can iron the stupid penalties out of the team?s game, things will be looking very rosy down Sutherland way over the coming few weeks.