THE New Zealand Rugby League today named the Test team to play Australia in their opening Tri-Nations match at North Harbour Stadium, Albany on October 16.
GOODBYE Freddie Fittler ? we?ll miss ya
LIGHTING up a cigarette at the rugby is as second nature to a lot of fans as shouting for a forward pass or an offside. 31% of the population in the working class, rugby league heartlands of northern England smoke, with the figure alarmingly rising to well over 50% in many areas. Smoking has been a big part of the game in the past. Until recently Silk Cut cigarettes sponsored the Challenge Cup and some players are well known smokers.
ONCE upon a time, though not so very long ago, a man named Chris Anderson told the rugby league world that he was going to teach Cronulla how to win. He told us that he was going to do away with the idea that near enough is good enough. He told us that we shouldn?t be content to merely make the eight, and that anything less than a premiership was an abject failure. In short, he told us that he was going to install a ?winning culture?.
DOLPHINS Online have run our first major competition. Naming the best Redcliffe side since the inception of the Brisbane Broncos in 1988.
WITH the split round for Round 4 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition only 6 teams were in action over the weekend.
THE Wai-Coa-Bay Bartercard Cup side play next weekend in Round 4 (split round) of the Bartercard Cup.
WITH injuries to key players, a revamped NSW squad has been named.
SHARKS skipper Brett Kimmorley has grabbed outright lead on 13 points in the Leagueunlimited player of the year awards.
EIGHT Dragons players have been rewarded for their outstanding form this season with selection today in the 30-man NSW Origin squad for the first match in a fortnight (May 26).
AN MRI scan today has put an end to St.George Bank Dragons Test prop Luke Bailey's season, revealing that his torn left chest muscle (pectoral) will require surgery.
Bailey, 24, who was injured in yesterday's loss to Manly, will see a specialist this week to confirm when he will have surgery.
In other injury news, captain Trent Barrett (hamstring), Ben Hornby (quad) and Nathan Long (knee) have been cleared to play this Saturday against the Bulldogs at WIN Stadium; while Lance Thompson (shoulder muscle strain) will face a fitness test later in the week but is considered likely to play; and Nathan Blacklock (hamstring) has been ruled out.
FRIENDS, family and members of the general public have turned out in force to farewell veteran journalist and broadcaster Peter Frilingos at a Sydney funeral service this morning.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill is one step closer to making a successful return to State of Origin football after he was named in the New South Wales Origin squad today.
BRISBANE halfback Brett Seymour is out for the rest of the NRL season with knee cruciate ligament damage.
CANBERRA Raiders centre James Evans has decided to quit rugby league, saying he has lost his passion for the game.