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.
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.
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:
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.
COUNTRY teams used to look forward to the battle with the boys from the City! Now days, in my opinion, it doesn?t mean much to them as much as it did before. Many footballers from the bush used to fight for positions in the two teams that were picked. These games then exposed them to the selectors and to be considered for further representative honours. Sure, the games were sometimes uneven as the Country players used to lack the fitness and skill levels of the city teams. However, we shouldn?t lose sight of some of the players that were discovered in these games and then bought by City Clubs.
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.
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.
RUGBY League Ireland Squad for International v England
Saturday 10th July - Clontarf Rugby Club, 4.30 p.m kick off
EXCITING young Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs forward Sonny Bill Williams has been named in the Bulldogs Premier League team to play Newtown this weekend. Williams has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in the Bulldogs 34-8 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs back on 26 April, 2004.
AN understrength Centurions side went down to a surprise 24-16 defeat at Bramley on Saturday. Missing ten first team squad members, Peter Tonkin was forced to play several players out of position and give call-ups to a clutch of second teamers, one of whom, Luke Baxter got a try. The others were both scored by Matt Thomas with emergency stand-off Aaron Kwong kicking two goals.
I may be jumping the gun here, but nevertheless I?m here to make a very big call. Last Sunday, amidst the swirling dust of Energy Australia Stadium we witnessed something great, and I?m not just referring to the final score. What we witnessed was a happening. An epiphany if you will. A moment in time that we?ll look back on in years to come and regard as a turning point. What we witnessed, was the end of the David Peachey Era.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs has today announced the re-signing of halfback Joe Williams to a two-year deal.
THE Warriors received some more positive news today when it was announced that their current naming rights sponsor, Vodafone, have elected to continue their association with the NRL club for an extended term.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his side to take on the Warriors on Saturday night at Toyota Park.
THE first ever Total RL.com Welsh Rugby League Conference Grand Final will be played on Saturday August 7th at Aberavon Greenstars RFC.