CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley is the most glaring omission from NSW's very powerful looking preliminary State of Origin squad named today. Kimmorley is the incumbent Australian Test halfback, but was considered the Blues' third-choice number seven - at best - behind Newcastle's Andrew Johns and the Bulldogs' Brent Sherwin.
NEW South Wales preliminary 30-man State of Origin rugby league squad named today:
THE NZ Bartercard Cup season is due to start this weekend, with some much anticipated battles ahead for the young players.
TEST forward Ben Kennedy has been recalled to the Newcastle side for Friday night's National Rugby League blockbuster against the Bulldogs at Energy Australia Stadium.
EDEN Park wants to be the new home ground of the Warriors.
CANBERRA second rower Ruben Wiki will miss two National Rugby League matches after entering an early guilty plea to a grade three careless high tackle charge.
NATIONAL Rugby League judiciary chairman Judge Greg Woods has refused the Wests Tigers leave to appeal the 11 week suspension of Luke O'Donnell on a dangerous striking charge.
MANLY chief executive Ian Thomson has given besieged coach Peter Sharp the dreaded vote of confidence.
WOE to Parra supporters everywhere. Its hard not to feel for a club that tries so hard - I use the word 'tries' loosely as this is one part of the Eels game that evaporated last weekend as they were miserably dismantled by the Bulldogs in an even more miserable game of wet weather footy. Questions are being asked about the half and five eighth combination while coach Brian Smith appears to be on something of a slippery slope - the view from the top can't be all that rosy.
DRAGONS internationals Trent Barrett and Shaun Timmins have been cleared to play their first games of the 2003 Telstra Premiership this weekend in the round five clash with Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium.
THIS week whether or not George Piggins and his board are re-elected there is expected to be monumental movements
CANBERRA'S great start to the 2003 National Rugby League season could be tarnished with key forward Ruben Wiki landing in trouble with the judiciary.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford believes Saturdays loss to Newcastle will serve as an opportune wakeup call following the first month of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.
CRAIG Wing and Anthony Minichiello are expected to cap off a successful 24 hours when they're named in the New South Wales preliminary State of Origin squad this morning.
HIGH-PROFILE South Sydney supporter Andrew Denton has publicly apologised to the National Rugby League club's fans following his on-air spat with Rabbitohs chairman George Piggins.