ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has been dumped from the Queensland State of Origin rugby league squad after being charged with assaulting police in Brisbane early today.
Police had to use pepper spray when they arrested the Sydney Roosters winger following an altercation at 4.15am in inner-city Fortitude Valley.
LION FOUNDATION NJC TEAM LISTS - ROUND 1
Foundation Cup 16's
Saturday 6 March 2004 Auckland Sea Lions vs Canterbury Cornwall Park, Auckland 1.00pm Kick Off
Auckland Sea Lions: Victor Field, Aaron Smith, Sonny Fa'i, Tino Va'asa, Marvin Ng Chok, Tom Vae Vae, Malcolm Noda, Sidney Ene, Michael Vatoa, Saipani Aiolupo, Hala Laula, Tui Amituanai, Paul Tusa
Reserves: Jeko Makatoa, Manu Pilitalu, Dean Lia, Daniel O'Regan
Coach: Warrick Anderson
Canterbury: Daniel Bain, Enoka Huta, Brackin Karauria-Henry, Lance Liaina, Philip Elisara, Taumauri Arona, Reihana Pou, Robert Butler, Anthony Paul, Vincent Brown, Michael Harding-Reriti, Corey Werahiko, Wesley Naoupu-Ualesi
Reserves: Izic Placid, Luois Fanene, Nathan Leach, Sebastion Afamiliona
Coach: Peter Albrett
Saturday 6 March 2004 Waicoa Bay vs Northland Raiders Tokoroa Memorial Sports Ground, Tokoroa 1.00pm Kick Off
Waicoa Bay: Charve Mitchell, Tamatoa Reu, Tamahou Skipper, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Terekia Koroheke, Attew Wade, Issac John, Peter Wiggins, D Edwards, Richard Barrett, Serge Kingi, Steve Rapira, Troy Waters
Reserves: Jae Murray, Slade King, Aliostair Taha-Williams, Michael Murray
Coach: John Dowall
Northland Raiders: Logan Wikitera, Clifford Lambert, Linton Price, Saia Lo, Gary Nichol, Daley Johnson, Tory McKay, Wesley Ikuia, Jesse Wikitera, Mike Tuitupou, William Wiki, Wiremu Ratana, Peter Lisle
Reserves: Kenny Te Whata, Sam McKendry, Thomas Wihongi, Shontayne Tau
Coach: Craig Schaumkell
Saturday 6 March 2004 Wellington vs Auckland Crowns Wise Park, Wellington 1.30pm Kick Off
Wellington: Bronson Marino, Ashley Parker, Michael Lealava'a, Karl McNichol, Andre Itula, Brendan Hikaka, Amos Moala, Kayne McDonald, Nathan King, Taikaha Brown, Teariki Peneha, Jackson Reihana, Phillip Green
Reserves: Zac Roper, Brad Wardlaw, Rangi Taha
Coach: Darryl Marino
Auckland Crowns: Kurt Tehira, Javan Guttenbeil, Tamihana Hawea, Patrick Ah Van, Welsh Afaese, Jody Henry, Mathew Parata, Konelio Vaiga, Arron Pawley, Iuomalo Su'a, Leeson Ah Mau, Constantine Mika, Scott Jones
Reserves: Moeakiola Situa, Alexander Vaea, Sione Akauoa, Shalom Suniula
Coach: Frank Harold
THE Newtown Jets RLFC take on the might of the Melbourne Storm NRL team this Saturday (March 6) at Henson Park, with the action getting underway at 5pm. This will be Newtown's first encounter with a full-strength First Grade opposition team since the Jets' final season in the former NSWRL Premiership competition back in 1983.
Newtown coach Colin Murphy, who played with the Jets from 1975-1983, admits this Saturday's game will be a big ask for his Premier League players, but says "it will be the pinnacle of my blokes' Rugby League careers and the absolute time of their lives. I hope thousands of Newtown supporters flock back to Henson Park next Saturday to cheer us on. This will be a really emotional occasion, and a huge moment in the history of our famous old club. What better time for Jets fans to get back to Henson Park than to see Newtown's long awaited return to the highest level of Australian Rugby League?"
Melbourne Storm officials John Ribot and Dean Lance will need no introduction to Newtown and Henson Park. They both played with the gritty inner-city club more than twenty years ago - Ribot from 1978 to 1979, and Lance from 1982 to 1983. Both were team-mates of the Newtown Jets present-day coach, Colin Murphy, and doubtless will have many stories to recall of their youthful pranks in the Harbour City.
All roads lead to historic Henson Park next Saturday (March 6), when the Sydney Airport Jets host 2003 NRL semi-finalists the Melbourne Storm in a "no holds barred" Rugby League trial match, with the kick-off timed for 5pm.
LONDON Broncos have suffered a set back ahead of Saturday night's Tetley's Super League 'home opener' against St Helens, but coach Tony Rea remains confident that his team will 'shift up another gear' at Griffin Park.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Tevita Vaikona look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 2 clash at Belle Vue when the Bulls take on the Wildcats.
ONE of London Broncos' eleven close season signings is a young man whose recent rugby league journey is quite complicated. But it's not so much the 'journey' that is causing confusion, but rather the 'name'.
WITH only a week to go before the 2004 NRL Season kicks off, St George Illawarra have kicked an important off field goal by announcing a four year Major Sponsorship deal with St.George Bank.
MELBOURNE Storm boss John Ribot says he did the right thing by not telling the NRL about sexual assault allegations against two of the club's players.
THE St George-Illawarra Dragons have this afternoon announced St George Bank will be their major sponsor for the 2004 National Rugby League season.
WHEN the Legends' Walk officially opens at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Saturday (6/3/04), R2K's paver in honour of the late Lancelot Lewis `Daddy' Earl will be unveiled with the host of other bricks and granite tiles. Several months ago, R2K purchased 4 pavers from the Jubilee Oval Community Appeal. While 3 of these will be engraved with R2K's website details, R2K decided to set aside a paver to pay tribute to one of St.George's earliest benefactors.
MELBOURNE Storm can confirm that two players are assisting Police with inquires related to an alleged assault claim.
THE Brisbane Broncos will move very quickly to fend off any rugby union poachers by signing New Zealand-born rookie Karmichael Hunt to a long-term deal with the National Rugby League (NRL) club.
RUGBY league?s king sized headache receded slightly today, with an internal NRL inquiry clearing clubs of a number of misconduct allegations.
ITS known as the Webb Rule ? and embarrassed as he is, Warriors fullback Brent Webb is quick to point out that none of his team-mates have ever invoked a change to National Rugby League regulations.
THE Melbourne Storm has confirmed that two of their players are assisting police with their inquiries into an alleged sexual assault in a Victorian suburb.