FIVE players have already been ruled out of Friday night's Annual City v Country match to be played in the NSW country town of Lismore.
THE Cronulla Sharks have managed to have only two players selected in this friday's City / Country Origin match, despite being equal leaders in the premiership. Prop Jason Stevens will play in the front row for City, while winger Luke Covell has been called up to replace injured Country winger, Timana Tahu.
THE strategic partnership forged between the Cronulla-Sutherland and Newtown clubs is proving to be a very successful coalition indeed. The Sharks are currently equal leaders in the NRL and Jersey Flegg competitions, while the Sydney Airport Jets are now in equal second position in the VB Premier League and third on the Jim Beam Cup table.
SILVERCHAIR anthem Freak was blaring on the bus as Redcliffe headed home Sunday night, an apt description of their effort in overcoming Tweed Heads 26-22.
LONDON 26 Bradford 41 and Hull 20 Salford 6
LEIGH 40 Wakefield 18 - Centurions net priceless victory
AN interesting line-up here acknowledges the work some players put in each week with plenty of regular first graders that don't always get the wraps they deserve. You could put this week's League Unlimited Team of the Week on the field against anyone and they wouldn't disappoint.
MAY 3, 2005: The Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs team to take on the Broncos in Round 9 of the Telstra NRL Premiership is:
MAROON selectors can breath a sigh of relief after Billy Slater and Michael Crocker both took early guilty pleas, ensuring they are available for the opening State of Origin match.
THE May issue of Rugby League Review hits the newsstands on Tuesday, May 3 filled with anything you need to know about Rugby League.
CRONULLA have continued their dazzling start to season 2005, notching up another victory over the highly fancied Melbourne Storm. As happens so often these days, halfback Brett Kimmorley played all over his rival half, Matt Orford, almost single-handedly ensuring Cronulla would take home the win.
SATURDAY, 7th May 2005
COASTAL WIN Stadium will be a sea of ?Red and White? on Saturday as the St George District Rugby League Football Club, Illawarra Steelers and St George Illawarra Football Clubs compete in festival of rugby league from U16 through to NRL level.
DRAGONS coach Nathan Brown has made numerous changes to his side for the Dragons Round 9 clash with the Rabbitohs that is the culmination of the Red & White Festival of Football at WIN Stadium this Saturday.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 8, 29-30 April, 1 May 2005