THE National Rugby League has meted out bonuses totalling more than $100,000 to this year's State of Origin players.
KIWI rugby legend Olsen Fillipana will play on New Zealand soil for in the first time in almost 20 years, when he stars for the Mad Butcher XIII along with the 6 Ropati brothers against the Chairmans XIII.
ROUND 14 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition has the teams well on the way to the play offs.
WITH only four rounds of the 2003 Queensland Cup season to be conducted 6 teams remain in contention for a semi-final spot but arguably the ?form? team, Norths lies out of contention on 17 points. The Devils late season surge, after an injury plagued early part of the year, has produced six wins and a draw in 8 rounds.
The three feature games of round 19 will be played on the Sunday with big crowds expected at all three venues as teams look to cement finals positions.
Competition leaders, Ipswich will play Norths at Bishop Park with Norths keen to continue their giant killing frame of mind, most notably last weekend?s defeat of Burleigh Bears in the ABC TV Game.
At Piggabeen, Tweed Heads Seagulls host the North Queensland Young Guns and this match could go either way even though the Young Guns are out of finals contention.
Tweed on the other hand are in fifth spot, one clear of Toowoomba and desperate to keep their foot in the door for the finals which start on August 30. The Seagulls are coming off a good win over Easts at Langlands Park.
ROUND 17 kicks off with the top of the table Raiders taking on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium. The Raiders have completely dominated the competition to date but will face changes to their squad this week. Ace halfback Van Dijk suffered a hamstring injury against Cronulla ruling him out for this match. It means Gafa moves into halfback to form a new combination with Evans. Also Mashall Chalk comes back from injury to take up the fullback spot left by Phil Graham who has gone back up to first grade. For the Roosters Lopini Paea will move from the centres into the second row for this clash. Despite the loss of Dijk, the Raiders should come into this match as strong favourites.
LONDON Broncos' Chris Thorman has today confirmed that he has signed a one-year deal with Parramatta Eels in the NRL for next season.
ENGLISH rugby league club Leeds Rhinos have told jailed players Ryan Bailey and Chev Walker they will not be sacked and can resume their careers once they've completed their sentences.
BRONCOS CEO Nic Cartwright has come out and said that Wednesday night's heavy loss to the Bulls made him proud. He said: "Despite the magnitude of the loss our fans continued to give it their best for the full eighty minutes.
IN today's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble, James Lowes and Paul Deacon look ahead to Sunday's Teteley's Super League Round 21 game at Odsal when the in form Giants take on League leaders, the Bradford Bulls
THE Parramatta Eels have defeated Wests Tigers 21-18 at Parramatta Stadium tonight to keep their slim semi-final hopes alive.
THE Cronulla Sharks have emerged from a week of drama and outplayed the Brisbane Broncos, winning 20-10 at Toyota Park tonight. In a game they weren?t expected to win, the Sharks came up with the goods when it counted and put to rest one of the most tumultuous periods in the club?s history.
THE Melbourne Storm have beaten fierce rivals New Zealand Warriors by 14-12 in a semi-final like game at Ericcson Stadium tonight.
THE Sydney Roosters have beaten the Canberra Raiders 20-16 in a top of the table thriller at Aussie Stadium.
WELL well well, it appears the North Sydney Bears are not dead after all.
ST George Illawarra Dragons have signed rookie forwards Stacy Katu [pictured] from Souths and Corey Payne from the Bulldogs.