Mullen, Davico, Farah & Ryles

NEWCASTLE five-eighth Jarrod Mullen and interchange prop Luke Davico have been ruled out of tomorrow's match against Manly after both failed to overcome injuries. Teenage star Mullen missed last Sunday's win against the Sydney Roosters with a bruised sternum and has failed to recover in time for tomorrow's match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Broncos sack Seymour and Costigan

THE Brisbane Broncos have terminated the contracts of NRL squad members Brett Seymour and Neville Costigan over their involvement in off-field incidents.

Arrive Alive Cup Update

GOLD Coast high school Keebra Park will face St Brendan?s Yeppoon in the Queensland final of the Arrive Alive Cup at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, August 19 at 6pm.Keebra Park last night disposed of local rival Palm Beach Currumbin 10-0 at Pizzey Park in the second state semi-final.After taking a 6-0 lead just eight minutes into the game, Keebra had to wait until two minutes from fulltime to secure the victory courtesy of a surging try out wide to centre Kingi Akaoula.In further positive signs for the Gold Coast NRL franchise, the crunch match brought a large and youthful crowd to Miami, with cars spilling out of the carpark and all the way along Pacific Avenue.From the opening kick-off the tone for the match was set, as Palm Beach centre Brodie Williams produced a crunching effort in defence.The intensity of the two well-drilled sides was indeed something to behold, upheld by rallying cries from supporters on the sideline.A fever-pitch atmosphere was further ignited when Titans scholarship holder Bodene Thompson ran beautifully onto a Robert Lui pass, stepped the defence and sprinted 30m to post the opening points.Remarkably backrower Thompson, a 2006 Queensland Schoolboys representative, had been initially ruled out of the match with a suspected broken leg.Dismissing those concerns, Thompson formed a potent leftside combination with centre Akaoula, working on the back of good yardage by prop Lio Vaiga.Searching for a right of reply, Palm Beach spearhead Shannon Walker was constantly among the thick of things, keen to challenge defenders one on one.Yet the quicksilver custodian was well marked and forced into several mistakes by Keebra?s suffocating style, even spending time on the bench with ice on his right leg.The second half started more positively for PBC, as the likes of Josh Coyle, Trent Iselin and Kevin Proctor took a noticeable step up in work-rate.Eventually the chances came.Ten minutes into the half centre Matt Smith-Host was dragged into touch inches before the tryline. A few minutes later, in a similar situation, winger Jordan Rapana let a pass fly through his hands and over the sideline.The death knell for Palm Beach was effectively struck 11 minutes from home, when half Matt Nuttall was sin-binned for repeated infringements.Down to 12 men, PBC had to rely on unsettling defence to win back the ball in good position.Yet more times than not they ended up surrendering possession as soon as they received it.Hammering the final nail in the coffin and booking his team a date with destiny, powerfully-built Akaoula skirted the touchline.He brushed off two defenders, then was grassed by a third. Not held, he regained his feet and lurched through a final tackle on the tryline, bringing wild scenes of jubilation.* Earlier yesterday, Rockhampton was awarded the right to host the Arrive Alive Cup Queensland final for the first time in the history of the national schoolboys competition.The decision followed St Brendan's Yeppoon's 28-4 semi-final win against Townsville school Ignatius Park College in Mackay.Brisbane Broncos rookie David Taylor scored three tries and a goal for St Brendan's in the victory.The state final will be staged at Browne Park as a curtain-raiser to the pivotal Round 22 QLD Wizard Cup clash between the Central Comets and Easts Tigers.The winner of the Queensland Arrive Alive Final on August 19 will automatically qualify for a national semi-final position.ST BRENDAN'S YEPPOON 28 (David Taylor 3, Sammy Joe, Cam Steel tries; Cam Steel 3, David Taylor goal) d IGNATIUS PARK COLLEGE 4 (Ben Henaway try) at Mackay Souths.KEEBRA PARK 10 (Bodene Thompson, Kingi Akaoula tries; Matt Parata goal) d PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN 0 at Pizzey Park, Miami.

Wrap: Nutley, Hindy, Ricko, Broncos

CASTLEFORD has allowed captain Danny Nutley to leave the English club at the end of the Super League season despite the forward recently agreeing to a new contract.

Nutley to quit Tigers

CASTLEFORD Tigers are to allow captain Danny Nutley to leave the club at the end of the season despite the player recently agreeing a new contract.

GB call for Thorman

HUDDERSFIELD Giants stand-off Chris Thorman has been added to the Great Britain 'train-on' squad preparing for this autumn's Tri-Nations Series.

Arrive Alive Cup final moves to Rockhampton

THE 2006 Queensland final of the Arrive Alive Cup is to be held in Rockhampton, a first in the history of the national schoolboys competition.The state final will be staged at Browne Park on the evening of Saturday August 19, tentatively scheduled for 6pm. This game will act as a curtain-raiser to the vital Round 22 QLD Wizard Cup clash between the Central Comets and Easts Tigers.The decision to base the Queensland Arrive Alive final in Rockhampton follows St Brendan's Yeppoon's 28-4 semi-final win against Townsville school Ignatius Park College this afternoon.Brisbane Broncos rookie David Taylor scored three tries and a goal for St Brendan's in the victory.St Brendan's now faces the winner of tonight's other semi-final between Gold Coast schools Keebra Park SHS and Palm Beach Currumbin SHS. This match is to be played at Pizzey Park, Miami at 6.30pmThe winner of the Queensland Final on August 19 will automatically qualify for a national semi-final position.ST BRENDAN'S YEPPOON 28 (David Taylor 3, Sammy Joe, Cam Steel tries; Cam Steel 3, David Taylor goal)d IGNATIUS PARK COLLEGE 4 (Ben Henaway try).

Reds sign Luke Dorn

SALFORD City Reds have signed Australian stand-off Luke Dorn from Harlequins RL on a two-year deal.

Costigan fined as Broncos close ranks

THE Brisbane Broncos have fined forward Neville Costigan $5,000 after he was charged with drink driving.

Round 23 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 11th August 2006Newcastle v Manly at EnergyAustralia Stadium, 7:30pmKNIGHTS: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Jarrod Mullen, Andrew Johns (c), Josh Perry, Danny Buderus, Adam Woolnough, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Kirk ReynoldsonInterchange: Luke Davico, Reegan Tanner, Todd Lowrie, Kurt Gidley, Daniel Abraham (one to be omitted)SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Kylie Leuluai, Mark Bryant, George Rose, Paul Stephenson (two to be omitted)Referee: Paul SimpkinsSaturday, 12th August 2006New Zealand v North Queensland at Ericsson Stadium, 5:30pmWARRIORS: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Louis AndersonInterchange: George Gatis, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Micheal Luck, Sam Rapira (one to be omitted)COWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Mark Henry, Ashley Graham, Matt Sing, Justin Smith, Aaron Payne (c), Carl Webb, David Faiumu, Shane Tronc, Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Jacob LillymanInterchange: Rod Jensen, Matthew Scott, Mitchell Sargent, Clint Amos (one to be omitted)Referee: Gavin BadgerCronulla v Parramatta at Toyota park, 7:30pmSHARKS: Brett Kearney, David Simmons, Ben Pomeroy, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Richard Villasanti, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Cameron CiraldoInterchange: Luke Douglas, Nigel Vagana, Paul Gallen, Beau ScottEELS: Luke Burt, Jarryd Hayne, Luke O'Dwyer, Ben Smith, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Jeremy Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Chad Robinson, Nathan Hindmarsh, Daniel Wagon, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Wade McKinnon, Josh CordobaReferee: Tony ArcherPenrith v Sydney at CUA Stadium, 7:30pmPANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Danny Galea, Lee Hookey, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Shane Rodney, Tony Puletua (c), Trent WaterhouseInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Frank Pritchard, Paul Aiton, Luke Swain (one to be omitted)ROOSTERS: Shaun Foley, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Brett Finch, Josh Lewis, Shane Shackleton, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Chris Flannery, John Doyle, Setaimata Sa, Mickey PaeaReferee: Jason RobinsonSunday, 13th August 2006 Brisbane v Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium, 2:30pmBRONCOS: Darius Boyd, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Greg Eastwood, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry, Shane Webcke, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Neville Costigan, Brad Thorn, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Corey Parker, Nick Kenny, Sam Thaiday, Casey McGuire, Ben Hannant, David Stagg (two to be omitted)STORM: Greg Inglis, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Antonio Kaufusi, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Michael Crocker, Jeremy Smith, Garret Crossman, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair (one to be omitted)Referee: Shayne HayneCanterbury v St George Illawarra at Telstra Stadium, 3:00pmBULLDOGS: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Willie Tonga, Trent Cutler, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Mark O'Meley, Tony Grimaldi, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni MaituaInterchange: Sonny Bill Williams, Corey Hughes, Chris Armit, Nate MylesDRAGONS: Ben Hornby, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris, Trent Barrett (c), Mathew Head, Luke Bailey, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Justin Poore, Ben Creagh, Sam IsemongerInterchange: Danny Wicks, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff, Clint GreenshieldsReferee: Sean HampsteadWests v Canberra at Campbelltown Stadium, 3:00pmTIGERS: Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Jamaal Lolesi, Chris Lawrence, Shane Elford, Scott Prince (c), Todd Payten, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Chris Heighington, Dene HalatauInterchange: Ben Galea, Bronson Harrison, Ben Jeffery, Ryan O'HaraRAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Michael Hodgson, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Kris Kahler, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Dane Tilse, Michael Weyman, Craig Frawley (one to be omitted)Referee: Steve ClarkThe South Sydney RABBITOHS have the bye in Round 23.

Referee's report round 23

SHAYNE Hayne returns to First Grade after just one week on the sidelines following his costly error when officiating in the Sharks and Knights clash two weeks ago. The Central Coast born referee will be in charge of the important fixture between the Broncos and Storm up in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne Supporters Info - Dragons v Bulldogs

DRAGONS Supporters, There was a huge crowd on hand in the "MBDS Reserve" at Steakout to witness the Dragons disappointing loss against the Eels and despite the loss some of us managed to party on to the wee small hours. While the last few weeks for the Dragons have been a tad lean, no doubt this week we'll see a Dragons team that's MEAN! Reni Matua started the verbals with his comment the Dogs were going to "bash" the Dragons, and our boy Brownie has let his feelings on referee's be clearly known to all with his comments in the press. Just another week in the lead up to a big game in the NRL Premiership. The MBDS screening of this classic encounter will again be held at SteakOut at Crown Casino on Sunday afternoon. This match will be a huge game for the Dragons as they try to get their 2006 campaign back on track. Channel Nine in Sydney have chosen this match to be the Sunday 4pm game, and the SteakOut is the only place in Melbourne you can see the action screened at 4pm. WHAT: Dragons v Bulldogs WHERE: SteakOut, Level 1 Crown Casino WHEN: Sunday 13th August, 4pm

NZ College Tournament Is Back

RUGBY League is back in the curriculum when the National Secondary Schools Tournament Week kicks off on Monday 14 August at Mt Smart Stadium.

England job for Cullen

WARRINGTON Wolves head coach Paul Cullen has been appointed to the same position with England, following the resignation of Salford's Karl Harrison.Cullen, previously assistant coach to John Kear on the 2002 England tour of Fiji and Tonga, returns to take over the England team - regarded as the final stepping stone into the Great Britain set-up.Cullen said: ?I?ve been part of the elite coaching programme ever since I was a rookie coach with Whitehaven in National League One and I am delighted to be given this opportunity to coach in international rugby league.?Like my predecessor Karl Harrison, I took time out to develop my coaching career at club level and now I?m really pleased to return to the international arena.?It has been an ambition of mine to coach an international team and I?m very honoured to be appointed to the England team.?RFL performance director Graeme Thompson said: ?We?ve been developing career pathways for young British coaches and Paul?s appointment as coach to the England team is part of that programme.?We?re grateful for all the work Karl has put into the development of the England team and I?m sure Paul and his coaching team will be of equal benefit to the players coming into the side as well as British rugby league?s international development.?Source:

Betham and Catic banned

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have suffered a blow in their relegation fight with the loss of two key forwards through suspension.

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