INJURY and illness has hit the Pepsi Dolphins wit winger Brent Madders being ruled out for the season, and he will require a knee reconstruction while also missing for a few weeks will be Matt Anderton ribs, Tino Kurene broken jaw, Luke Sutton Illness, Caleb McEniery shoulder, Daley White shoulder, Lyndon Nagas dislocated wrist, Dominic Fallini shoulder and Sam Fillery sliced tendons in his hand as well as several players this week fighting the clock to be fit to play this weekend.
IF performances in big matches can provide a ready guide, the rugby league career of Gavin Cooper could reach stellar proportions.
WIGAN Warriors prop Terry O'Connor was rewarded for his contribution to Rugby League in Ireland with a place in their Hall of Fame at the weekend.
O'Connor was one of the guests at Rugby League Ireland's St Patrick's Day dinner on Saturday, which was held in Huddersfield.
LONDON Broncos and Radney Bowker have today mutually agreed to part ways ahead of Sunday's re-scheduled home Super League game with Salford.
The Broncos have also extended the original trial contract of Andy McNally, and have brought in the services of Leeds rising star, Scott Murrell.
Bowker, who joined the club in the close season from Salford, agreed to play on a trial basis with London Broncos and that four month period has now expired.
Coach Tony Rea commented: "Radney has not settled into London Broncos style of play. I would like to thank him for his high level of commitment and I wish him all the very best with his rugby league future."
Another player who was also on a four month trial is Andy McNally and today his contract has been extended for the full season. Rea said: "Andy gets better with every training session and with every game. This is where it the real opportunity starts for him and he has the chance to show what he's all about.
With a number of key players injured, (Purdham, Toshack, Sanderson, Kirkpatrick, Wells, Highton) London Broncos have also today brought in Leeds' rising star, Scott Murrell.
The boom eighteen year-old stand-off is set to wear the Broncos colours for the first time on Sunday and coach Tony Rea is excited about his arrival:"He's a young, tough character with a good football brain.
He contributes well with a dominant fashion in the games he plays."
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BRADFORD Bulls kept up their unbeaten start to Tetley's Rugby Super League IX on Sunday with a 20-6 win at Huddersfield, while Warrington Wolves defeated Castleford Tigers and Hull FC saw off London Broncos.
RUGBY?S World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have announced that they have signed a one year contract with A-Line, which will see the Bulls players and Coaching staff wearing the companies boots this season.
FRIDAY 26th March 2004
THE Brisbane Broncos are grooming a giant New Zealand replacement for code-jumping rugby wingers Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri.
BRISBANE Broncos captain Gorden Tallis says those saying rugby league players have too much time on their hands and should get part-time jobs need to have a look at the weekly schedules of footballers.
CANBERRA Raiders veteran Jason Croker has had surgery on his injured knee and is expected to return to football in around three or four weeks.
MELBOURNE Storm players yesterday hit back at accusations they are again using the so-called ?grapple? tackle.
BULLDOGS and Australian test star Willie Mason has denied he was the player who tested positive to cocaine use.
MELBOURNE Storm is unaware of any new allegations made against any of its players in relation to a sexual assault claim, outlined in today?s edition of The Bulletin.
THE Melbourne Storm have denied any knowledge of fresh sexual assault allegations against players reported in today?s edition of The Bulletin magazine.
STAR players Nigel Vagana and Trent Barrett will have a better indication today of whether they'll be lining up in their clubs' colours this weekend, as round three of the NRL competition gets underway.