NEW South Wales Origin assistant coach Laurie Daley predicts Phil Gould will stay on as Blues rugby league coach. And veteran lock Luke Ricketson believes the Blues will lose their edge over Queensland if Gould isn't at the helm for the 2004 series.
AUSTRALIAN Rugby League chairman, Colin Love has announced the Kangaroo Test side which will take on New Zealand at Aussie Stadium, Sydney on Friday 25 July at 7.30pm.
A kiwi league legend is not giving the kiwis much chance in next Friday's test against Australia.
NATHAN Cayless' slim chances of making the Kiwis team to play Australia in next Friday's rugby league international in Sydney have been extinguished after the Parramatta prop learned he faces at least another month on the injured roster.
SELECTING a halves partner for Stacey Jones is Kiwis' coach Daniel Anderson's biggest dilemma ahead of the trans-Tasman test, while his Australian counterpart admits filling the berth is one of the few conundrums facing Kangaroos' selectors.
THE Queensland Cup?s ?Super Six? have a chance to consolidate their positions on the top half of the premiership ladder when they play bottom ranked sides this weekend.
Competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls play Easts at Kougari Oval in Saturday?s ABC televised clash with Easts officials admitting they are already looking to next year.
Easts? big loss to Norths last weekend kept them on 14 points, six points behind the sixth placed Tweed Seagulls.
Tweed play bottom side Wests at Piggabeen on Sunday and the boys from south of the border should record a big win.
Burleigh, Toowoomba and Ipswich share second spot on the premiership ladder on 23 points, two behind Wynnum.
Burleigh face a tough task against Central Comets in Rockhampton on Saturday night and Toowoomba will not have things all their own way against Norths Devils at Bishop Park on Sunday.
But Ipswich Jets should record a comfortable win over Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park on Sunday so the pressure is on Burleigh and Toowoomba.
Toowoomba and Norths are the feeder clubs for NRL outfits Brisbane and Melbourne respectively who play in Melbourne on the same day.
If either club can win both ?grades? it will be great cause for celebration.
Fifth placed Redcliffe (21) will also not have things easy against the North Queensland Young Guns in Townsville on Saturday night in the curtain-raiser to the Cowboys ? St George Illawarra clash.
A loss here by Redcliffe and a win to the Tweed would see the Seagulls leapfrog the Dolphins into fifth spot.
If the ?Super Six? all record wins the gap between the top six and bottom six will grow even wider and we may not be able to talk about sides having a ?mathematical chance? of making the finals. Not while keeping a straight face anyway.
ROUND 15 kicks off at Energy Australia stadium. Newcastle managed to produce the upset of Round 14 which will give them plenty of confidence when they return home to face the Cougars. St Marys-Penrith find themselves in trouble of falling back to the pack after last weeks loss so a spirited performance will be needed to keep their season on track.
ROUND 12 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup gets underway this weekend with a few tough matches to call. With only 5 rounds of the competition left, spots are still up for grabs.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have comfortably defeated the North Queenland Cowboys by 36-16 in Townsville tonight.
DRAGONS chief executive Peter Doust has confirmed that St George Illawarra back rower Lance Thompson has taken a substantial pay cut so the club can retain Shaun Timmins, Mark Gasnier, and Nathan Blacklock under the salary cap.
FOURTEEN tries and the highest scoring game so far in the 2003 NRL competition, and the Roosters came out on top of the Sea Eagles by 50-26.
A tough encounter for the Raiders at home saw them scrape to a win over the Tigers by 28-26.
THE Parramatta Eels have put on early points to out-gun the South Rabbitohs by 34-20 at Aussie Stadium this afternoon.
THE New Zealand Warriors have won a hard fought 31-24 victory over the Sharks at Toyota Park this evening.
BRISBANE have walked away from Melbourne?s Olympic park with two points after outlasting the Storm and winning 26-22 in extra time.