FULLBACK Brett Hodgson has been cleared to play for the Wests Tigers in Sunday's NRL match against Manly at Leichhardt Oval.
ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett has ruled himself out of the State of Origin series after announcing he'll join English club Wigan after the NRL season.Barrett has played seven times for NSW but says he'll step down from all representative football immediately as part of his agreement to sever his contract with the Dragons. The 28-year-old five-eighth has exercised an option in his contract to leave the NRL for a Super League club despite having two years remaining on his current deal.The veteran of 142 games for the Dragons, Barrett will join Wigan on a three-year contract.
DRAGONS Supporters, For those of us who only get to see the Dragons play live once a year, although we lost to Melbourne AGAIN, was certainly a great atmosphere at the ground and sounded a lot louder than the 8000 that attended. The Dragons started the match looking like they might rack up 50 points but an inability to put the ball over the line and 2 quick tries to the Storm at the end of the first half left the Dragons wondering what might have been. A lack of creativity in attack combined with handling errors, penalties and a determined Storm defence meant the Dragons were to leave the Southern capital empty handed once again. Thanks again to all the MBDS members who turned up at the Depot, was great to catch up and attend a live game with everyone. The memory of last weeks loss can be quickly erased with victory on Sunday over arch rivals The Sharks. The local derby is always a game played with great passion and will only be more eventful than usual with ex Dragon Lance Thompson lining up against the club he once stated he would bleed for. Should be a great match. The MBDS screening of this match will be at the Grosvenor Hotel at 7:30pm Sunday night. This is the earliest we can get the screening as Channel Nine are covering the other match at 3pm Sunday. Why not head into the Grosvenor a bit early to have dinner and enjoy the live entertainment they have on Sunday afternoons? WHAT: Dragons v SharksWHEN: Sunday 7th May, 7:30pmWHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd East St Kilda GO THE DRAGONS!!
NEWCASTLE Knights forward Steve Simpson says he feared his chances of playing for Australia were over after pulling out of last year's Tri Nations tour.
ST George Illawarra skipper Trent Barrett is expected to announce today that he will quit the NRL for the English Super League next season.
YES we all know the Newcastle Knights cannot win when it matters (and when it doesn?t apparently see Round 4 v Warriors) without Andrew Johns and every scientific formula known to man has come to that conclusion but does the same ring true with the St. George-Illawarra Dragons and their halfback Mathew Head?
THE Great Britain Training squad has been announced:1. Burrow, Rob ? Leeds Rhinos 2. Carney, Brian ? Newcastle Knights 3. Cunningham, Keiron ? St Helens 4. Deacon, Paul ? Bradford Bulls 5. Ellis, Gareth ? Leeds Rhinos 6. Fielden, Stuart ? Bradford Bulls 7. Gardner, Ade ? St Helens 8. Gilmour, Lee ? St Helens 9. Gleeson, Martin ? Warrington Wolves 10. Graham, James ? St Helens 11. Harris, Iestyn ? Bradford Bulls 12. Higham, Michael ? Wigan Warriors 13. Hock, Gareth ? Wigan Warriors 14. Horne, Richard ? Hull FC 15. Johnson, Paul ? Bradford Bulls 16. King, Paul ? Hull FC 17. Langley, Jamie ? Bradford Bulls 18. Long, Sean ? St Helens 19. Lynch, Andy ? Bradford Bulls 20. McGuire, Danny ? Leeds Rhinos 21. Morley, Adrian - Sydney Roosters 22. Newton, Terry ? Bradford Bulls 23. O?Loughlin, Sean ? Wigan Warriors 24. Peacock, Jamie ? Leeds Rhinos (Vice-Captain) 25. Pryce, Leon ? St Helens 26. Raynor, Gareth, Hull FC 27. Roby, James ? St Helens 28. Sculthorpe, Paul ? St Helens (Captain) 29. Senior, Keith ? Leeds Rhinos 30. Sinfield, Kevin - Leeds Rhinos 31. Walker, Chev ? Leeds Rhinos 32. Wellens, Paul ? St Helens 33. Wild, Stephen ? Huddersfield Giants 34. Wilkin, Jon ? St Helens 35. Wood, Paul ? Warrington Wolves 36. Yeaman, Kirk ? Hull FCThere are seven players within this 36-man squad who have not previously been capped at Great Britain level.They are: Ade Gardner, James Graham, Gareth Hock, Jamie Langley, Andy Lynch, James Roby and Kirk Yeaman.Ade Gardner and Jamie Langley were included in the 2005 mid-season Great Britain squad which took part in a training camp at the University of Bath.As part of preparations for the ?XXXX? Test against New Zealand (27.6.06), the Great Britain squad will take part in two training days in May and early June prior to going into camp on Sunday, 25th June 2006. Brian Carney and Adrian Morley will not be available for these training days in May and early June but will be considered for selection for the ?XXXX? Test against New Zealand.The Great Britain team is sponsored by Gillette.The ?XXXX? Test: Great Britain v New Zealand, Tuesday 27th June 2006 (KO 8pm) at Knowsley Road, St Helens RLFC.
A post from a fan who wears his heart on his sleave, loves the Warriors with a passion, as we all do.
THE Rugby League weekend kicked off with the ANZAC Test on Friday night. Most of SportOdds League punters kicked the long weekend off with a good win, after Australia were heavily supported to cover the 18.5 point line that they had to give up, which they duly covered. Some money came from across the Tasman for the Kiwis at $6.25 to win the game, and they got 40-45 minutes to think that they had a chance of collecting at the big odds. Australia blew them away in the final 1/2 hour and deserved their good win.
THE Bulldogs will not name any player charged with breaching the club?s code of conduct.
BRONCO'S forward Brad Meyers will miss up to four weeks of football after sustaining a neck injury during last weekend's match against reigning premiers Penrith.
THE New Zealand Warriors and several other clubs have been hit with large fines by the National Rugby League for payment offences.
THERE are a lot of ironies in the Greatest Game of All.
THE top eight is very congested at present and this weekend the top four teams all square off to see if we can establish some type of rugby league hierarchy. Some teams just outside the eight get their opportunity to push their way in but the question is, can they stay there?
ST George Bank Dragons have re-signed coach Nathan Brown in a deal which will extend his coaching contract for two years until the end of the 2006 season.