THE closeness of the 2004 Queensland Cup race is exemplified by this week?s round, where four of the six matches are set to be played between teams on equal points.
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SERBIA are very different from other developing nations who play rugby league. Because in Serbia rugby league came first from 1953 to 1964 and then, because of lack of interest in that time for other nations, rugby union destroyed rugby league. Serbia is one of many nations making a big impression in Rugby League. Maybe not on the score board but in the development of them game in their country. When they decided to rebuild the game in 2000, they separated from rugby union and started with 2 clubs. Four years on, they now have 6 teams playing, and U19 team going to play overseas in other tournaments. Also throw in the National team participating in the Mediterranean Cup last year and this year and you could well say this developing country is making huge progress in rugby league.
WILL round four answer more questions than it asks? I'm not so sure and after three rounds of the NRL, only a couple of things are certain, the Roosters and Penrith are the real deal once again, Manly still can't tackle and the Cowboys have taken out a mortgage on the wooden spoon after two narrow losses at home.
REIGNING premiers Penrith Panthers have dominated the Sydney Roosters with a comprehensive 22-6 victory at Telstra Stadium tonight.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Stuart Reardon look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 4 clash at Odsal when the Salford Reds are in town to take on the Bulls.
NEW Bulldogs CEO Malcolm Noad has confirmed he will quit as NRL Chairman and as boss of News Magazines after confirmation he has secured the club?s top job.
THE Bulldogs have this afternoon confirmed that Malcolm Noad has been appointed as the club?s Chief Executive Officer, replacing Steve Mortimer who quit last month.
SOUTH Sydney prop Paul Stringer will be on the sidelines for eight weeks after MRI scans indicated he needs surgery on a disc in his back.
WHEN the St.George-Illawarra Dragons don the jersey of the Illawarra Steelers in round 6 at Wollongong, the Dragons will be commemorating a Club that has a hefty financial debt with the St.George Leagues Club.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford remembers last year?s round 19 clash with the Brisbane Broncos like it was yesterday.
WARRIORS and New Zealand Kiwi's winger Francis Meli has been ruled out of Sunday's NRL clash with Manly in Sydney with a groin injury.
THE Panthers have re-signed another three members of their successful 2003 Premiership winning side ? Joel Clinton, Joe Galuvao and Luke Swain.
THE NRL Chief Executives have given unanimous support to new measures targeting attitudes towards women within Rugby League.
PENRITH look set to lose former test centre Ryan Girdler at the completion of this season with the club veteran planning to retire, according to a Sydney newspaper.