THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 17.
THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys today announced the signing of Bulldogs five-eighth Johnathan Thurston. Coming from Brisbane Thurston will again make Queensland his home.
Cowboys head coach, Graham Murray, believes Johnathan offers the Toyota Cowboys a lot of attacking options.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has promoted Premier League winger Nathan Smith into the first grade lineup for this Saturday's home clash against the North Queensland Cowboys.
BLOCKBUSTING young forward Carl Webb has been retained for this Friday night?s huge clash with the in-form St GeorgeIllawarra Dragons at Win Stadium.
Webb has spent much of the season in the QRL with the Toowoomba Clydesdales after falling out of favour with coach Wayne Bennett at the end of 2003.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has name his team to take on the Sydney City Roosters at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Smiths team is;
BACK-ROWER Sione Faumuina has been recalled to the Vodafone Warriors starting line-up for their clash against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Toyota Park this Saturday night. Faumuina has not played for the club since the round 13 clash against the Raiders, after which he was suspended by the NRL judiciary for four matches for his part in a dangerous throw tackle.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 18 to take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday, July 11 at 3pm at Aussie Stadium.
AS Melbourne Storm prepares for Sunday?s showdown with the Bulldogs, coach Craig Bellamy has admitted his side needs to adopt the same hardness that has seen the Bulldogs perennial finalists in recent times.
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NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the in form Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.
Coach Murrays team is;
INCOMING South Sydney coach Shaun McRae is looking forward to turning the Rabbitohs into a premiership force - but called on the NRL club's supporters to remain patient.
TALENTED Dragons teenager Ben Creagh will continue his transition to the backrow when he replaces the injured Lance Thompson as the starting second rower against the Broncos at WIN Stadium this Friday night.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Sea Eagles, on Sunday 11th July 2004 at Brookvale Oval. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named his team to meet the fourth placed Melbourne Storm this Sunday after at the Sydney Showground.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to take on the South Sydeney Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium on Sunday.
Still smarting after last weeks hammering at the hands of the Storm, you can be sure the Panthers team was well drilled up at Penrith this week.
There is some speculation that this weeks game will see the return of centre Ryan Girdler from injury.
Coach Langs team is;