WHY in God?s name does it happen every year?
SATURDAY'S Battle of Queensland just got bigger, after Matt Lockyer and Brent McConnell were both formally cleared to play in the Queensland Cup grand final at Suncorp Stadium.
THE North Sydney Bears Jersey Flegg team finals run came to an end on Sunday at Aussie Stadium. Up against the Roosters one of the greatest Jersey Flegg teams in history the Bears were primed for a big performance against the undefeated Sydney Roosters.
FORMER Australian rugby league backrower David Furner will return to Canberra next year to begin a new career as coach of the Raiders' premier league team.
THE NZRL Kiwi Selectors have announced the following players in the Kiwi train on squad.
In alphabetical order: Player Name - NRL / Super League Club
Louis Anderson - NZ Warriors
Vinnie Anderson - NZ Warriors
George Carmont - Newcastle Knights
Nathan Cayless - Parramatta Eels
Bronson Harrison - Wests Tigers
Dene Halatau - Wests Tigers
Wairangi Koopu - NZ Warriors
Thomas Leuluai - NZ Warriors
Francis Meli - NZ Warriors
Iafeta Paleaaesina - NZ Warriors
Clinton Toopi - NZ Warriors
Nigel Vagana - Cronulla Sharks
Brent Webb - NZ Warriors
Ruben Wiki - Canberra Raiders
New names will be added to the train on squad as NRL and Super League teams are eliminated from play offs.
The final squad for the North Harbour Test will be confirmed by the 10 October 2004.
With the Super League Grand Final to be the morning of Sunday 17 October 2004, the final Tri-nations squad will be confirmed following selectors discussions later that morning.
The New Zealand 'A' train on squad that will go on to play the Australian Jim Beam Cup rep team as the curtain raiser to the Kiwis vs Australia test at North Harbour Stadium on 16 October 2004, will be announced at the conclusion of the Bartercard Cup Grand Final (Sunday 19 September 2004).
THE teams named for the Grand Finals in the 2004 New Zealand league calendar to be played on Sunday at Ericsson Stadium are as follows:
BUILDING for the future is always an important factor in any sport. Whilst you may have a strong premier league, it is vital that you put systems in place that will ensure that the level of talent, skill and experience required to not only keep the standards of the top division at their current level, but to improve on them and move the sport forward.
THE NZRL New Zealand 16's Selectors have announced the following squad to face the Parramatta U17 Development team and the Penrith U16 team in September.
WIGAN Warriors host Warrington Wolves at the JJB Stadium on Friday evening with an 8pm kick off in the final home game of the regular season in the Tetley's Super League.
IN Bull's Eye this week, Brian Noble and Michael Withers look ahead to Friday's final Tetley's Super League round of the season at Odsal when St Helens are the visitors.
LONDON Broncos will play their final game of the season on Friday against League Leaders Leeds Rhinos and for a number of Broncos legends it will be the final game of their careers.
BRITAIN?S most successful Rugby club, Bradford Bulls, have announced the signing of Brisbane Broncos outstanding second row forward Bradley Meyers.
AS Melbourne Storm gears up for its sudden-death semi-final against the Bulldogs this week, a legion of Storm supporters are preparing to make yet another trek north for Sunday?s clash at Aussie Stadium.
FINISHING sixth in the regular season, the Melbourne Storm have suddenly hit top form at the right end of the season. Last weekend, after trailing the Brisbane Broncos 8-0 at half time, the Storm came back to decimate the locals 31-14 in front of 31,000 people.
IN an extraordinary night at the judiciary, Bulldogs skipper Steve Price was cleared of a striking charge on Glenn Morrison and will be available to play on Sunday as the Bulldogs take on the Melbourne Storm in an elimination semi final. Had Price been suspended, it may have been his final game in Bulldogs colours as he has joined the New Zealand Warriors for the next three seasons.