NEW South Wales forward Ben Kennedy has been cleared to lead the Blues pack into State of Origin I after passing a fitness test on his hamstring.
WITH Round 13 of the NRL now complete, the eyes of the footballing world will be turned upon State of Origin One at Suncorp Stadium Wednesday night.
QUEENSLAND skipper Gorden Tallis has dismissed attacks on NSW coach Phil Gould as a "prank" to stir up his players for Wednesdays night's State of Origin opener at Suncorp Stadium.
ROUND 7 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup brought up some interesting results, none more so than Otahuhu Leopard's narrow victory over the Canterbury Bulls.
LONDON Broncos home game 'on the road' against Widnes Vikings at Aberavon's 'word of hurt' is expected to draw a good crowd on Sunday.
ROUND 13 kicked off with a depleted Roosters side going down to Braith Anasta's Bulldogs. It was a tremendous win for Canterbury but afterwards, it was Easts' coach Ricky Stuart who stole the lime-light with some hoo-har about being robbed. I've always been a big fan of coaches whinging after matches. I know some people think we follow the game to watch the players but don't be fooled. After referees, coaches run a close second as the most watched people in the game. Mind you, Ricky needs to sharpen up his act a little... I watched the entire press conference and not once did he use an expletive - hardly entertaining.
MANLY'S celebrations of its come-from-behind win over the Wests Tigers have been tempered today with halfback Jason Ferris one of three players charged by the National Rugby League judiciary.
COLOURFUL New Zealand Warriors winger Henry Fa?afili has signed a new three year deal that will keep him at the Warriors until the end of 2006.
THE crowd at Leichhardt Oval were after no less than a win from their team, and the Tigers tried their best to deliver, but were beaten by a determined Sea Eagles side 38-30, who finally have managed to win an away game in 2003. Surprisingly, after the reputation Leichhardt Oval has for visiting sides, the Tigers are yet to post a win at home in the 2003 NRL competition.
THE Penrith Panthers have increased their winning streak to eight matches following a nail-biting 28-24 victory in extra time over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville tonight.
A win finally to the NZ Warriors in their one off jersey strip, at a slippery home ground when they defeated the Sharks by 23-6 in front of a crowd of 16,172.
NATHAN Blacklock's return to rugby league has grabbed the headlines recently but another player has quietly made his comeback to the game in Australia.
SOUTH Sydney have recorded their second victory of the season with a 41-14 thrashing of the Melbourne Storm at Aussie Stadium this afternoon.
MELBOURNE Storm star Scott Hill has signed a new deal, worth $1.5 million over five years to stay with the Melbourne Storm. The deal will almost certainly see Hill finish his career with the Storm and his signature comes just days after another original Storm player, Matt Geyer, decided to put pen to paper and extend his tenure with the Storm.