NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has gone for experience in this weekends game against the reigning Premiers, The Penrith Panthers.
Captained by Andrew Johns in his first competion game since sustaining a serious neck injury the team is long on experience and short on youth.
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THE Bulldogs have lost a sponsorship deal potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the wake of the sex scandal that continues to trouble the club.
BULLDOGS Chief Executive Steve Mortimer says he was not aware that Police were investigating the possibility of a seventh player having information about last month's alleged sexual assault in Coffs Harbour.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has the luxury of naming a near full strength team to take on the Newcastle Knights at Penrith Stadium this Friday night.
CRONULLA have named a near full strength team for their opening round match with the Wests Tigers. Nigel Vagana is the only notable omission, although the Sharks lose nothing with the chosen replacement, Australian international Phil Bailey.
TIM Mander has confirmed his status as the game's new number one referee, today being appointed whistle blower for the season opening clash between defending premiers Penrith and the Newcastle Knights on Friday night.
TWO potential debutantes have been named on the bench for the St George Bank Dragons? 2004 Telstra Premiership opener against the Raiders at Oki Jubilee Stadium this Sunday.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has stuck with his tried and true formula in naming his team to take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Dairy Farmers Stadium.Kick off is at 8-30 pm on Saturday the 13th March.
PENRITH Panthers fullback Rhys Wesser will be out to claim his first State of Origin jumper this year with confirmation that Brisbane's Darren Lockyer is no longer a threat.
NEW Zealand Warriors coach, Daniel Anderson has named his first Warriors team of the season to take on the Brisbane Broncos on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium in Round 1 of the 2004 NRL competition.
THE Canberra Raiders coach, Matthew Elliot, has named a strong lineup to take on the St George Bank Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium for their Round 1 game of the 2004 NRL competition.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford is remaining positive despite the uncertainty of his short-term playing career, due to swelling of the brain diagnosed late last week.
NZRL officials have confirmed they will step up their claims for a second team in the National Rugby League even if they are overlooked for the mooted 16th franchise.
SIX Bulldogs players are set to be charged over the alleged sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman in Coffs Harbour last month.