PENRITH fullback Rhys Wesser, the man most likely to benefit from Darren Lockyer's move to five-eighth, isn't getting carried away with his chances of playing State of Origin this season.
NEW Zealand rugby league coach Daniel Anderson says he's looking forward to trading blows with newly-appointed Australian coach Wayne Bennett at international level.
THE junior Dolphins play their first trials this weekend after the cancellations last week due to the extreme heat. These are the teams that have games.
THE Rugby Football League has confirmed the Challenge Cup Final is to switch to August, with the BBC announcing a new three-year coverage deal. The contract runs from 2005-2007 and follows on from the current deal.
THE annual Varsity match is upon us again. This event is highly competitive and is the highlight of the RL season for the respective Universities. It is also the student games highest profile event. Added to that it is scheduled to be shown live on Sky for the first time, outstripping its Union equivalent that has an obscure afternoon slot on a Tuesday afternoon in December.
MAJOR injuries to some big name NRL stars threaten to cast a shadow over the start of the 2004 season. Test players Jason Ryles (Dragons) and Brent Tate (Broncos) have serious doubts over their immediate playing futures after what can only be described as preventable damage to their injured shoulders. Both players were hurt mid-way through the season and opinion at the time was they risked very little long-term injury even if they played on in discomfort. Only a freakish landing on the joint of the shoulder would risk more damage and low and behold, that occurred. Ryles and Tate have serious nerve damage in their shoulders as a result, and while the players made the decision to continue competing, they also put their careers on the line. Now the game may be robbed of two fantastic careers because of the ?professionalism tag? our athletes now perform under. No player likes to be seen as soft, but there must also be genuine consideration given to the long-term health of individuals over the importance of few games of rugby league.
BRISBANE Broncos centre Brent Tate faces the very real possibility his career may be over after failing to overcome a shoulder injury. Tate had been playing through the pain barrier but scans revealed he suffered nerve damage and the damage has not healed as expected. Tate has been carrying the injury for several seasons but was tackled awkwardly last year, ending his season.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has named his side to take on the Storm at Wagga Wagga this Saturday night.
A number of surprise omissions marked the announcement of Cronulla's twenty five man squad yesterday as coach Stuart Raper opted for a youth rather than experience. Jason Kent, Pat Gibson and Andrew Emilio - who have all spent considerably periods of time in first grade - were the most notable names missing from the list.
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier [pic left] and halfback Brett Firman will play their first games in over six months this weekend when St George Illawarra take on the Bulldogs in their NRL country trial at the Gold Coast Stadium, Carrara, this weekend.
THE McIntyre finals system is here to stay after it was given approval by the NRL board today.
BULLDOGS winger Matt Utai has pleaded guilty to a grade three reckless high tackle on Raiders winger Steve Franciscus in Coffs Harbour last Saturday night.
NEWCASTLE Knights fans will experience a new look EnergyAustralia Stadium in 2004.
THERE is still no Stacey Jones in the Warriors team to play the Penrith Panthers in a pre-season NRL game at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday.
MELBOURNE Storm will field a full-strength side for Saturday?s pre-season trial match with the Canberra Raiders at Eric Weissel Oval in Wagga (6.30pm).