THE NZRL would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that just like our Rugby Union counterparts in Wellington, there is some fantastic Rugby League action happening here in Auckland this weekend with the Scottwood Trust NZ National Rugby League 7's.
ESL champions Leeds Rhinos face Australian champions Canterbury Bulldogs in the Carnegie World Club Challenge on Saturday at Elland Road.
THE tri-nations rugby league series will kick off in New Zealand between the Kiwis and the Kangaroos on October 16.
KNIGHTLY News ? 14/5/2004
THIS weekend's match details:
NSWRL VB Premier League
Newtown plays South Sydney
Saturday, 15 May
Express Advocate Stadium, Gosford
This match is the main curtain-raiser to the South Sydney-North Queensland NRL match.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup
Newtown plays Woy Woy
Saturday, 15 May
Woy Woy Oval
In other news:
THE second half of the split round, Round 4, of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition kicks off on Saturday afternoon while the six teams from last week sit on the sidelines. Already in Round 4 we've seen the leaders of the competition, Marist Richmond Brothers lose to the North Harbour Tigers, last year's champions Canterbury Bulls lose narrowly to Otahuhu Ellerslie, and Mt Alberts Lions fight their way back into form downing the previously undefeated Counties Manakau Jets side.
AFTER winning eight consecutive English Challenge Cups between 1988-95, Wigan is rarely the Cup final underdog and even more rarely the choice of neutral rugby league fans.
MELBOURNE Storm forward Kirk Reynoldson always looks forward to playing Parramatta, as each encounter with his former club reminds the bearded prop of how close he came to giving away rugby league for good.
SUNDAY'S clash between the Tigers and the Raiders will be a close affair if the ladder is anything to go by.
With only a win seperating them and the Raiders with a -39 differential compared with the tigers -38 it should be a tight game.
The Tigers will welcome back boom youngster Benji Marshall who should add much needed spark to the tigers attack.
On paper with the return of Marshall the Tigers are fielding possibly their strongest line up to date only the return of Pat Richards from injury could give them a stronger one.
Todd Payten also returns for the Tigers against his old club. Payten as a school boy was covered in accolades and seen by most pundits as the best front row prospect running around.. Two clubs and various injuries later Todd has yet to reach his school boy potential and will be chomping at the bit to put in a big showing.
The Raider's pack is looking fairly light on with key injuries and suspensions.
The average margin between these two clubs is just 6.5 points so expect a tight one with the tigers getting the money this time round..
THE Sydney Roosters and player manager George Mimis will today deny they have held discussions over the possibility of star Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer joining the club.
THE Gold Coast bid team will meet with NRL chief executive David Gallop on Friday armed with another $2.5 million in the bank and what it claims is an indisputable case for entry to the premiership.
THE last chance for players to press their claims for origin honours as round nine kicks off with the Broncos hosting the Knights at Suncorp Stadium.
THE Brisbane Broncos won?t find out until next week if they have succeeded in their appeal against the loss of two competition points.
NEWCASTLE halfback Kurt Gidley has kicked a golden field goal in extra time to see the Knights defeat the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 at Suncorp Stadium tonight.