IN what has been a year of controversy, the Canterbury Bulldogs have won the 2004 NRL premiership, defeating the Sydney Roosters 16-13 at Telstra Stadium tonight. Following a series of accusations which have damaged the club and the game itself, the Bulldogs have struck back in the best way possible, claiming the title of 2004 champions.
ST George Illawarra Dragons lock forward Shaun Timmins has been a surprise omission from the upcoming Tri-Nations series.
AUSTRALIAN Test selectors have named a strong Junior Kangaroos squad for the two match series against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in the next fortnight.
THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins have lost three players for their clash against competition new comers Brothers-Valleys at O'Callaghan Park.
SHARKS skipper Brett Kimmorley has grabbed outright lead on 13 points in the Leagueunlimited player of the year awards.
EIGHT Dragons players have been rewarded for their outstanding form this season with selection today in the 30-man NSW Origin squad for the first match in a fortnight (May 26).
AN MRI scan today has put an end to St.George Bank Dragons Test prop Luke Bailey's season, revealing that his torn left chest muscle (pectoral) will require surgery.
Bailey, 24, who was injured in yesterday's loss to Manly, will see a specialist this week to confirm when he will have surgery.
In other injury news, captain Trent Barrett (hamstring), Ben Hornby (quad) and Nathan Long (knee) have been cleared to play this Saturday against the Bulldogs at WIN Stadium; while Lance Thompson (shoulder muscle strain) will face a fitness test later in the week but is considered likely to play; and Nathan Blacklock (hamstring) has been ruled out.
FRIENDS, family and members of the general public have turned out in force to farewell veteran journalist and broadcaster Peter Frilingos at a Sydney funeral service this morning.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill is one step closer to making a successful return to State of Origin football after he was named in the New South Wales Origin squad today.
BRISBANE halfback Brett Seymour is out for the rest of the NRL season with knee cruciate ligament damage.
CANBERRA Raiders centre James Evans has decided to quit rugby league, saying he has lost his passion for the game.
SCOTLAND Under-19s must beat England for the first time when they meet at Swansea on Sunday if they are to keep their hopes alive of winning the Four Nations Championships. The Scots lost their opening game 34-28 to hosts Wales in Aberavon on Friday, despite five tries from Heriot Watt student Dougie Flockhart.
IT was all one way traffic tonight at Shark Park as the Cowboys gave Cronulla a 36-10 lesson in rugby league. Played in good night time conditions, the Cowboys lead from the start and didn?t give the Sharks a look in, in their 6 tries to one demolition derby.
AN injury ravished Newcastle Knights side has beaten the New Zealand Warriors 34-20 at Ericsson Stadium.
MELBOURNE Storm winger Dustin Cooper has passed a final fitness test this morning and will play in tomorrow?s clash with the Panthers in Penrith.