UNDER fire Queensland five-eighth Ben Ikin has relieved himself of tactical kicking duties in next week's final rugby league State of Origin match in Brisbane.
NEW Zealand coach Daniel Anderson admits that he is unlikely to select any Tetley's Rugby Super League players for their Test Match with Australia this month.
The Kiwis take on Australia at Telstra Stadium on Friday 25 July in the first of two trans-Tasman meetings this year.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Joe Vagana look ahead to Friday's Tetley's Super League Round 18 clash at the New Shay when the Bulls take on Halifax.
MANLY hopes of springing an upset this weekend took a hit today, when goal kicking five-eighth Ben Walker was ruled out of the side to face the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night.
Walker had been named in the run-on side, but will now be replaced by youngster Luke Dorn.
INTERIM Melbourne Storm five-eighth Matt Geyer believes this week?s match-up against North Queensland at Olympic Park is the perfect chance to overcome a mounting statistic facing the club.
ST George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown is "reasonably confident" the club can retain star players Shaun Timmins and Mark Gasnier.
THE depleted Brisbane Broncos host the Bulldogs tonight when round 18 of the National Rugby League season kicks off at Suncorp Stadium.
WARRIORS standoff Lance Hohaia has been told to go away and think about where he is heading in league.
A late change to the Warriors for Saturday night's NRL match against Manly at Ericsson Stadium.
NSW State of Origin forward Robbie Kearns is still awaiting a reasonable approach from Melbourne after receiving only a modest offer to stay with the National Rugby League club.
ASSISTANT coach Kevin Walters says an under-strength Brisbane must excel in defence if it's going to upset the Bulldogs in tomorrow night's National Rugby League match at Suncorp Stadium.
THE Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce the signing of current St George Illawarra Dragon Dean Byrne to a two year contract with the club.
THE Bulldogs travelled to Suncorp in Brisbane tonight and dealt the home side a harsh blow, beating them by 40-4.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have continued their impressive buildup for season 2004 with the signing of Wests Tigers back rower Luke O'Donnell for the 2004-05 seasons.
ORIGIN has again robbed of us one of the season's great highlights. The understrength Bulldogs play the very much under strength Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. Had this match been played outside the Origin series, a massive crowd would have been on hand to see two of the NRL's high intensity sides go head to head. I do realise Brisbane will be relying youngsters to get them home but the four Bulldogs players missing from tonight's game leave a gaping hole in their side, one which Wayne Bennett will capitalise on. Brisbane by 8.