FORMER Manly winger John Hopoate is expected to enter a not guilty plea to abusing junior match officials when he fronts a specially convened NSW Rugby League sub-committee on October 25.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs announced today that Tony Grimaldi had re-signed with the Club for the 2006 season.
THE Wests Tigers announced a new major sponsor yesterday but they will have an anxious wait for the signatures they seek the most, those of their coach and playmakers.
NEW Zealand Kiwis coach Brian McClennan has announced a 21 man squad to prepare for next Saturday's opening test of the Gillette Tri-Nations series against Australia.
TWO English-based former New Zealand internationals will shore up the Kiwis rugby league squad ahead of the Tri-Nations opening match against the Kangaroos on October 15.
THE 2005 International Rugby League season will kick off this evening with a clash between Pacific Island neighbours Tonga and Samoa at Campbelltown Stadium.
LEE Briers will captain Wales for the first time on Sunday 16 October when Scotland are visitors to the Brewery Field, Bridgend in the opening match of the 2005 Rugby League European Nations Cup.
MISSING out on the 23-strong Australian Tri-Nations squad has not worried ex-Parramatta centre Jamie Lyon.
ROYCE Simmons and Bryan Hider have continued their golden run when they took Tonga to a bruising International Rugby League win over Samoa.
WHILE the Rugby League world recovers from an epic NRL Grand Final, and looks forward to possibly one of the closest finishes of all time in ESL, a decider with arguably more at stake will be fought out at Widnes on Sunday. The Castleford Tigers will play the Whitehaven Warriors in the National League 1 Grand Final that will no only decide the 2005 champions, but also determine who will be elevated to the English Superleague in 2006.
THE Widnes Vikings have not ruled out legal action to ensure they are not relegated from Superleague next season. In an eventful month for the club Widnes officials have doggedly argued that they are not without hope of staying in the top flight, while attempts had been made to prop up a National League One club to improve their chances of a reprieve.
BRADFORD and their blockbusting winger Lesley Vainikolo re-wrote the record books with a 12-try 71-0 thrashing of 12-man Hull to book a trip to St Helens for the Super League elimination final.
LEEDS Rhinos held off a thrilling late fightback from St Helens to book a second-successive engage Super League Grand Final appearance following a 19-16 win.
ST Helens will be without leading points-scorer Sean Long and top tryscorer Darren Albert after all for the engage Super League Grand Final eliminator with Bradford Bulls at Knowsley Road.
THE Sydney Roosters have kept their minor premiership hopes alive by defeating the Canberra Raiders 38-22 on a beautiful winter's day in the nation's capital.