THIS month?s edition of Rugby League Review hits the stands on Tuesday, 6th September. If you?re a Rugby League supporter, then Rugby League Review is a must. The September issue has plenty to sink you teeth into including:
PARRAMATTA crowd favourite Fui Fui Moi Moi and North Queensland's Origin prop Carl Webb will miss the entire NRL finals series unless they can successfully contest charges laid by the NRL match review committee today.
FRIDAY Sep 9
PETERO Civoniceva reckons Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer is ready to tear into the NRL finals following a three-week stint on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens admits his young side will have to work hard on defence to be a force in its maiden NRL finals series. Sheens says the Tigers' defence was exposed in their surprise loss to Penrith yesterday and they must regroup before the qualifying final against North Queensland at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.
PARRAMATTA'S injury woes may worsen with prop Michael Vella expected to know the full extent of a hand complaint this week. With Eels and Test back rower Nathan Hindmarsh already sidelined with a knee injury, Vella will undergo x-rays on his hand in the next couple of days.
PREMIERSHIP winning winger Luke Rooney has been called into the New South Wales side to replace Anthony Minichiello, who became the second player in as many days to be sacked by ARL officials over the mobile phone voice message affair.
NEW South Wales officials have taken a firm stance against misbehaving players, today throwing the Blues preparation into chaos by dropping a further player from next Wednesday night?s first State of Origin match at Telstra Stadium.
ST Helens-based amateurs Clock Face Miners have been aided ahead of their forthcoming visit to the Netherlands with a grant from 1895 International.
AS you are no doubt aware, Dustin Cooper is having a tremendous season with the Melbourne Storm as a winger/centre, and that he is in fact third on the NRL try-scoring table at the time of writing.
SATURDAY, May 22nd
VB Premier League
Newtown v. Canberra Raiders
Sunday, May 23rd
Jim Beam Cup
Newtown plays away to Cabramatta
A full round for Round 5 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup after the split round of the last two weeks. Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions sit at the top of the ladder unopposed lucky to come away with a draw last week against the Glenora Bears.
A vocal crowd had turned out to see the Eels take on the Dragons at Parramatta Stadium with the Dragons putting on a fine display in the second half of the match to win by 37-6. With the score only 8-6 at the halftime break, the second half promised to be a tight affair, not the score blowout for the Dragons that eventuated.
BULLDOGS pair Mark O?Meley and Willie Mason along with Penrith forward Trent Waterhouse are currently at ARL headquarters answering questions relating to an obscene phone call left by Dragons star Mark Gasnier on the phone of a 27-year-old woman.