Tallis to the rescue

BRONCOS skipper Gorden Tallis has offered his services to Queensland coach Michael Hagan ahead of tonight?s deciding Origin clash as concern over the fitness of Steven Price and Michael Crocker heightens.

NSW smash QLD to take out the series

THE New South Wales Blues have won the 2004 State of Origin series after comprehensively defeating the Queensland Maroons by 36-14 at Telstra Stadium tonight.

State of Origin III Preview

THE third and final instalment of this year's State of Origin Series is looming large on the horizon of Rugby League's finest arena. The script couldn't have been written better with a 1-game-all deadlock, including a tight first encounter, followed by an open and free-flowing return clash that saw the return of favourite son Brad Fittler in the sky blue.

Climb Every Mountain

IN case I'm dealing with entertainment gurus here I should probably clarify that no, I am not quoting the Reverend Mother from the 1965 theatrical hit 'The Sound of Music', or the latest Guy Sebastian rendition of the classic for that matter. For the rest of you Rugby League fans, it might also serve me well to inform you that no, I'm not talking about the treacherous journey to the Penrith Football Stadium either, although we could certainly make a case for the latter. What I'm referencing here is what really makes great football well, great! A wise man once said:

We Can Be Heroes

A fact a lot of us forget in our day, is that anyone of us can be a hero. In rugby league this is associated with an inspirational performance by a first grader, well I don?t believe the club to be so exclusive.

Junior Kiwis Squad Announced

THE NZRL Junior Kiwi Selectors today announced the following squad to face the England Under-18 Academy in a two match Test series in August.

Lions prepare for big test against the Australian Aborigines

THE BARLA Great Britain Lions squad has had to endure a six-hour coach journey from Sydney to Gunnedah and are currently staying for the week at the Red Chief Motel. They were put through their paces in a tough training session in the afternoon and all players are desperate to be involved on Saturday.

Best a Dragon

HULL winger Colin Best is to join Australian club St George-Illawarra Dragons for next season. The 25-year-old, who has scored 51 tries in his two years at Hull, said last week that he was leaving the club.

Ex Sharks player remains in custody

SACKED New Zealand-born Cronulla rugby league player Jason Williams remains in custody following a brief appearance on assault charges at the Sydney Local District Court in Sydney today.

Bulldogs name squad for Sharks game

MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs explosive winger Matt Utai has forced his way back into the top grade after a number of outstanding performances for the Bulldogs Premier League team. Utai will come into the side on the wing for this Sunday's match against the Sharks at Toyota Park in place of Ben Harris who is relegated to Premier League.

Hornby to replace Barrett Against the Roosters

NSW Origin 1 rookie Ben Hornby will replace injured Dragons captain Trent Barrett at five-eighth against the Roosters at Aussie Stadium this Friday night.

Fans show support for Storm

IN the biggest rugby league fan poll ever conducted by the NRL?s official publication Big League, fans have indicated unprecedented support for the Storm to stay in Melbourne despite calls for the club to relocate as part of a proposed 16th NRL team.

Ross not guilty

PENRITH will have virtually their full strength side on the field against the Canberra Raiders this Saturday after Queensland forward Ben Ross was tonight cleared of a striking charge by the NRL judiciary.

Motu Tony may return to Warriors

MOTU Tony's agent has confirmed the former Warriors utility is considering a move back to the New Zealand club.

Faumuina signs on for 3 years

THE good news continued for the New Zealand Warriors yesterday with utility player Sione Faumuina agreeing to stay through to the 2007 rugby league season.

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