IN a bold move, the New Zealand Rugby League has written a letter to Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett seeking an audience with rising star Karmichael Hunt regarding his international future.
FRIDAY, August 27
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup
Sydney Airport Jets v Woy Woy
This is the Jim Beam Cup team's final match for the year.
Saturday, August 28
NSWRL VB Premier League
Sydney Airport Jets play away to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
(Curtain-raiser to the Sharks v Storm NRL match).
IT started with 12 teams back on April the 16th, now we are down to the top five teams in 2004. On Saturday the defending champions Canterbury Bulls take on North Harbour Tigers, in a do or die match with the loser being eliminated.
WIGAN can today announce that youngsters, Liam Colbon and Chris Melling, have both signed new two year contracts with the club.
WIGAN Warriors halfback Adrian Lam has confirmed that he will retire as a player, at the end of the current Tetley?s Rugby Super League season.
LONDON Broncos have lost Joe Mbu for the remainder of the season.
TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP: Round 25
(Teams subject to change)
27 August ? 29 August 2004: AEST
Fri 7:30: BULLDOGS v KNIGHTS
Sat 5:30: RABBITOHS v BRONCOS
Sat 7:30: EELS V PANTHERS
Sat 7:30: SHARKS v STORM
Sun 12:00 (AEST), 2:00 (NZ): WARRIORS v ROOSTERS
Sun 2:30: DRAGONS v SEA EAGLES
Sun 3:00: TIGERS V COWBOYS
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THE Bulldogs impressed to defeat the Newcastle Knights by 52 to 6 at Telstra Stadium to end Newcastle?s finals chances for the first time since 1996.
VODAFONE Warriors captain Monty Betham today announced he would step down from the role after the club?s last match of the 2004 NRL season against the Bulldogs.
THE Vodafone Warriors have announced the former NRL veterans, Ivan Cleary and Kevin Campion will return to Ericsson Stadium to join the coaching staff for the 2005 season.
THE Brisbane Broncos welcome back skipper Gorden Tallis and international centre Shaun Berrigan for this Saturday?s clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, but are still without several key players due to injury.
MELBOURNE halfback Matt Orford admits the Storm will be hard pressed to maintain its recent good form when it meets the Brett Kimmorley-led Sharks at Cronulla on Saturday night.
THE Brisbane Broncos have suffered a cruel blow, with winger Scott Minto ruled out of this weekend?s clash with Souths due to a chronic neck injury, this to add to the already injury ravaged backline.
NEWCASTLE Knights forward Clint Newton has been suspended for 12 matches by the NRL judiciary in response to an ungraded striking charge which occurred during Friday night's match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
IT appears likely that Sydney lock-forward Luke Ricketson will scribe his autograph on a new one-year deal with the NRL competition leaders this afternoon.