Betting on NRL suspended in the wake of Gower saga

BETTING has been suspended on the NRL in light of the Penrith Panthers fiasco involving Craig Gower allegedly seeking a release from his contract.Bets have been placed on the Panthers to win the wooden spoon and Melbourne to win the premiership as Gower would be odds on to move to Melbourne in Penrith granted Gower a release from his contract.Melbourne lost star halfback Matt Orford to Manly at the end of last season and are light on in the halves with Cooper Cronk the man most likely to replace Orford in the all important halfback role.Gower has been unhappy since being stripped of the captaincy and fined $30,000 in the wake of his much-publicised antics at Noosa in December at a charity golf event that also coincided with his buck?s night.Penrith stalwart Tony Puletua will be the Panthers captain in 2006 but has publicly stated he is happy to step aside and let Gower assume the role in the best interests of the club.Gower would attract massive money in the U.K with two clubs apparently very keen to secure his services, believed to be Castleford and Salford.Gower's manager Greg Willett has doused claims his client is seeking a release from his four-year contract, worth a staggering two million dollars.

Tuqiri ponders return to League

IT has been reported in the press that former Brisbane Broncos winger Lote Tuqiri is looking to re-ignite his Rugby League career after the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.With his contract expiring at the conclusion of next years world cup, Tuqiri would still have three to four good years in front him should he return to the Broncos.Tuqiri has stated his first passion is Rugby League and the lure of helping the Broncos rebuild into a premiership force as well as State of Origin may be too much for the Waratahs center to handle.The Broncos have publicly stated they would be happy to have Tuqiri back but his asking price may be something they need to start preparing for now with Tuqiri on $500,000 a season if media reports are to be believed. That sort of money is only available to a select few in League and one of those select few resides as the Broncos in Darren Lockyer.It would be great to see Tuqiri return to League but I don?t think the move would receive they hype his departure did because the game has the ability to spawn superstars at the drop of a hat and Tuqiri?s departure left a sour taste in the mouth of many fans after he failed to commit to League after being selected for the Kangaroos one-off test against Great Britain only to days later pledge his allegiance to Rugby.

Draft Planning

THE 2004 NFL draft has come and gone, with number one overall pick Eli Manning making national headlines as the New York Giants saviour, the man to lift the franchise out of their slump. Management, the fans and the coaches will trust much of the franchises success to this man, who, at 23, has walked out of college and into national fame. The frenzy the NFL draft has caused, as well as recent suggestions by many commentators, including former Australian coach Chris Anderson, sees me take a look at the idea of a possible NRL player draft.

Young Lions face Schoolboy tests down under

THE BARLA Great Britain Young Lions will face the Australian Schoolboys in a two-match Test Series this August.

Rea sticks with same team for the Giants clash

LONDON Broncos will go into the game against Huddersfield on Sunday with the same team that lost to Hull at Leicester last round.

Wolf Mail

PAUL Cullen has named a 20 man side to face Challenge Cup winners St Helens this Saturday, 6.05pm Live on Sky Sports from Knowsley Road.

Bulls Eye

IN this week's Bulls Eye Brian Noble and Paul Johnson look ahead top Sunday's Round 16 game at Odsal when the Vikings cross the Pennines to play the Bulls.

Bulldogs keep the coach for two more years

THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs CEO, Malcolm Noad, has announced that current coach, Steve Folkes, has re-signed with the club for a further 2 years. This is great news for the team who are travelling to Townsville to take on the North Queensland Cowboys.

Bennett rips into NRL

BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett has called on the NRL to immediately address the June 30 contractual deadline, which turns the competition on its head at this time of the year every season.

Kemp signed as Warriors coach

TONY Kemp is on the verge of being signed by the Warriors to coach the team for the next two years.

Panthers down Eels in deja vu second half effort

THE Panthers have defeated a spirited Parramatta outfit 26-16 after another great second half performance that now seems to be a trademark of their games.

Warriors feel the force of the Storm

A convincing win tonight in Melbourne for the home side has them hold the Michael Moore trophy for the rest of the year as they trounced the Vodafone Warriors by 42-6 in front of a very vocal home crowd boosted by the lack of AFL matches this weekend in the city.

Bulldogs skipper linked with Warriors

BULLDOGS captain Steve Price could make a dramatic switch to the New Zealand Warriors next year after rumours that the struggling club are set to offer him a major financial deal for the 2005 season.

Bulldogs defeat gallant Cowboys in FNQ

THE Canterbury Bulldogs have put in a professional performance to outclass the North Queensland Cowboys 32-18 in Townsville tonight.

Rabbitohs let Willie Peters go

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs has announced today that halfback Willie Peters has been released from his contract for the remainder of the season and will join English Club Widnes.

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