MOST sports fans know the clich? of the brilliant rookie who is unable to repeat the heroics of his debut season in his sophomore year. This supposed second year syndrome is just as prevalent in rugby league as anywhere else, with Tasesa Lavea a recent rookie of the year winner who all but disappeared off the rugby league radar before returning to New Zealand to trial for the Auckland NPC team in that other rugby code.
BRISBANE, Newcastle and the Sydney Roosters will continue to do it tough during the State of Origin series after failing on Tuesday to have the 2004 National Rugby League season extended by a week.
MELBOURNE Storm in conjunction with Honda Australia will be offering a special one-off ticket offer for Sunday?s Telstra Premiership clash between the Storm and Parramatta at Olympic Park (3pm).
THE Newcastle Knights will make an announcement later this afternoon on the immediate playing future of captain Andrew Johns. The Knights have called a press conference for 4pm this afternoon.
MATCHWINNER Darren Lockyer's return from injury has become a delicate timing issue for the Brisbane Broncos.
CALLS for a new feeder competition for NRL league are falling on deaf ears at the Warriors.
AT Parra Leagues, Saturday 16th August, 11am-1pm a meeting will be held for Rugby League Fans to form an Association.
NATIONAL Rugby League boss David Gallop insisted there was no hidden "pot of gold" as leading players upped the ante in their push to gain a greater share of the spoils.
NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan has urged the try-hungry Knights to improve on their 60-point mauling of North Queensland when they host the New Zealand Warriors on Friday night.
THE Rugby League Players Association is briefing some of the game's senior players on the progress of talks with the National Rugby League towards a collective bargaining agreement to cover all professional players.
JOHN Carlaw has retained his place in the Vodafone Warriors' starting line-up for this weekend's match against the Newcastle Knights.
MELBOURNE Storm will welcome back Test lock Scott Hill for this Sunday?s clash with Parramatta but not in his customary role of five-eighth.
FRIDAY 15th August 2003
NEWCASTLE v NZ WARRIORS at EnergyAustralia Stadium at 7.35pm.
FORMER Kiwis captain Nathan Cayless hopes to receive a medical clearance this week to enable him to rejoin his Parramatta team in the National Rugby League.
THE National Rugby League has confirmed today's High Court decision will have no effect on the make-up of the 15-team premiership.