LET?S think of a game of chess for a moment. You have your pawns, your castles, your bishops, your knights and your coveted King and Queen. Each piece is placed on a chessboard where the objectives of all pieces are to protect their King, whilst attacking the other. Through all this the King is responsible for the movement of his troops across the battlefield as he so pleases. His organisational skills will ultimately determine whether he will win or loose a battle. Welcome to the life of a rugby league half back.
SEVEN into four just doesn?t go, it?s as simple as that. As the NRL Telstra Premiership 2004 season embarks on its final month of regular season fixtures, to see who will secure those precious finals berths in the bottom half of the eight.
CRAIG Smith has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the current season.
PJ Marsh has put an end to speculation regarding his playing future with the New Zealand Warriors by announcing that he will return home to Australia with his wife Kelly for the birth of their first child.
ST George Illawarra Dragons winger Nathan Blackock has signed with UK club, Hull FC for 2005.
NRL TELSTRA TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 23
(Teams subject to change)
13 ? 15 August 2004 (AEST time)
Fri 7:30: ROOSTERS V PANTHERS
Sat 5:30: SHARKS V EELS
Sat 7:30: DRAGONS V WARRIORS
Sat 7:30: COWBOYS V RABBITOHS
Sun 2:30: RAIDERS V STORM
Sun 3:00: BRONCOS V BULLDOGS
Sun 3:00: SEA EAGLES V KNIGHTS
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QUEENSLAND Secondary Schools' XIII 52 v 10 BARLA Great Britain Young Lions Aspley Leagues Club, Brisbane
THE Junior Kiwis were dealt a major blow during the week, with Samuela Moa ruled out following a medical assessment of a concussion suffered in the first Test.
AFTER beating the best that the principality has to offer, Bridgend Blue Bulls and Cardiff Demons are set to fly the flag for Wales in this Saturday's Total RL.com Rugby League Conference Quarter-Final matches.
And rugby league fans will have the chance to see both matches. While Cardiff's match kicks off at the regular time of 1430 BST, Bridgend have moved their start to 1915 BST, allowing for some of their players to play two matches in two different codes in one day.
BARLA Great Britain Young Lions Manager Joe Elliott has named his side for tomorrow's Test match against the Australian Schoolboys.
BULLDOGS officials are to ban three spectators for periods between three and 15 months after North Queensland fans complained of being harassed after their NRL match on Sunday night.
ROOKIE Canberra winger Nathan Smith was stood down for two games, told to explain his behaviour to the Raiders' sponsors and left to legally fend for himself by the NRL club following his weekend arrest in Sydney.
THE Gold Coast might be the hot favourite to secure a possible 16th franchise in the NRL but the Central Coast consortium believes it represents true-blue rugby league heartland.
IF they snare a home final, the Dragons won't switch to Aussie Stadium but they won't necessarily play at WIN Stadium.
CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley has pulled out of Saturday's crucial match with Parramatta after scans revealed his troublesome hamstring had not yet fully healed. Kimmorley has been absent from the Sharks line up since tearing the muscle during State of Origin training.