From the Couch - Number Three 2005

AS The Footy Show reported last Thursday Night, the Gold Coast Rugby League Bid Consortium has decided to pursue a new identity as they strive for admission into the 2007 Telstra Premiership. They have dropped the Dolphins name and logo and have begun searching for a new nickname. NSC approached the Bid Committee with the following suggestion last week:

2005 Bartercard Cup Kick Off

TOMORROW night, North Harbour Stadium plays host to the opening game of the 2005 Bartercard Cup.

Wanted - Gold Coast Development Officer

GOLD Coast Junior Rugby League is seeking a highly qualified person to improve and develop the coaching standards at all clubs within the Gold Coast District.

Leuluai called back to Oz for Anzac Test

LONDON Broncos scrum-half Thomas Leuluai is the only British-based Kiwi named in the New Zealand squad for next Friday's Anzac Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Round 6 Preview ? This one could go anywhere!

LAST week certainly lived up to it?s ?upside down? reputation, with this punter picking three winners and taking his total to 20/35, which might be fair to middling in most tipping competitions, but then again I could be applying liberal doses of generosity. One startling fact to emerge from the rubble though, was the order amongst the chaos. Surely, with all the lopsided and unpredictable results, you wouldn?t imagine that one of sports most treasured institutions would actually prove true? Remarkably, the home ground advantage came to the fore and was the one constant amid a seemingly changing landscape.

Sonny Bill stays at Belmore

SONNY Bill Williams has today re-signed with the Canterbury Bulldogs until the end of the 2007 season.

Melbourne Storm fined $120,000

THE NRL today advised that Melbourne Storm has been fined $120,000 for salary cap breaches.

Five clubs in Salary Cap spotlight

THE Bulldogs have done it again, with reports that the club faces a fine in the order of $100,000 after once again breaching the National Rugby League's salary cap. This time, however, the seriousness of the breach is nowhere near the level incurred during the 2002 season, which saw the club stripped of 37 competition points and copping a $500,000 fine.

Dragons to Appeal Second Tier Salary Cap Breach

THE St George Illawarra Dragons will appeal the NRL?s decision to fine the Club $32, 286 for a Second Tier breach of the Salary Cap.

Warriors owner keen to check out Knights

SYDNEY newspapers are reporting that New Zealand Warriors owner Eric Watson has emerged as a potential buyer of the Newcastle Knights if the NRL club is privatised.

Round 6 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY 15th April 2005

Buderus may return sooner than expected

AUSTRALIAN rake Danny Buderus could make a shock return for his club side Newcastle this weekend when they take on the New Zealand Warriors at the refurbished EnergyAustralia Stadium.

London Broncos launch new official website

LONDON Broncos have today launched a brand new, official website which is set to rival any rugby league site in the world.

Bulls to honour Trevor Foster at Huddersfield game

BRADFORD Bulls will dedicate Sunday?s game against the Huddersfield Giants to Trevor Foster. Trevor, who died last week after 67 years at Odsal, was a legend not only in the game of Rugby League but throughout his adopted city of Bradford.

Wigan announce financial turnaround

WIGAN are set to release financial accounts for the year 2004 which will show a six figure profit.The accounts will show a net profit of ?110,000.

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