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: superleague.co.uk

Betham and Catic banned

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

Hull accept fine

HULL FC have accepted the fine of ?5,000 (?4,000 of which has been suspended) imposed by the RFL for a minor breach of the salary cap during the 2005 season.

Around the Grounds with Rosso

NEWCASTLE will welcome back last year?s Australian schoolboys five-eighth Jarrod Mullen, after he was injured two weeks ago against Cronulla. The Knights will head in to the match with Manly stern favourites and won the last meeting between the two clubs, 26-12, at Brookvale Oval in round 17.Manly will be at full strength for the clash as they welcome back New South Wales prop, Brent Kite, after he was concussed heavily two weeks ago at Parramatta Stadium in the side?s loss to the Eels. The match will be a case of teacher vs. student when Matt Orford confronts his childhood hero in Andrew Johns.The Warriors have named the same side for the Cowboys, which continued the Sharks? woes last Saturday night at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. When these two sides met in 2004, former captain Monty Betham gave away a head high tackle right in front of the posts in golden point, that handed the Cowboys victory.The Cowboys have named hooker come halfback Aaron Payne as captain for the match as former captain Travis Norton succumbed to a shoulder injury after the Bulldogs match on Saturday. Payne is the third choice captain as vice-captain Johnathan Thurston is also sidelined with a knee injury.Sharks coach Stuart Raper has wielded an axe to his out of form team for this weekend?s clash with the Eels. Former Knight Darren Albert has been dropped to Premier League while Kiwi International Nigel Vagana has been dropped to the bench as well as Luke Douglas and New South Wales representative Paul Gallen.The Eels have named the same starting line-up that disposed of the Dragons last Friday night. However, outgoing coach Jason Taylor has replaced Brett Delaney with former fullback Wade McKinnon on the bench with Luke Burt staying in the fullback spot.Penrith have selected Papua New Guinean Paul Aiton back in First Grade for the first time since the side defeated the Cowboys at CUA Stadium back in Round 19, for the club?s clash with the Roosters on Saturday. Although it is round 23, it will be the first meeting of the club?s this year.Although suffering a heavy defeat to the Knights last weekend, Roosters? coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged line-up for the clash with the Panthers. Just two more wins for the tricolours will see them surpass 1000 wins as a club since 1908.The Tigers have dropped youngster Keith Eshman back to reserve grade but have brought back up another superstar Ben Jeffery for his second NRL appearance. The last time the Tigers met the Raiders was in round 19 in Canberra when the Tigers were controversially defeated in golden point.Canberra has named former Bronco Craig Frawley on a five-man bench for the match at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday. The two sides met at the same ground last year in round 11 where the Tigers ran out convincing winners. However, out of the five tries scored, three came from players who are currently unavailable, which includes the likes of Marshall, Whatuira and Hodgson. The Bulldogs have kept the same side that demolished the Cowboys last Saturday for their clash with the Dragons on Sunday. Five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth will play his first game against childhood hero Trent Barrett since moving to Belmore.St George Illawarra have recalled star Mark Gasnier for the match. Gasnier was rested last weekend against Parramatta and took a weekend off up in Townsville. These two clubs met just a month ago at OKI Jubilee where the Bulldogs came away with the match by just a try in what could be described as the match of the season to date.Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has dropped look-a-like Scott Minto for their do or die clash with the Storm on Sunday. He has also named a six-man bench that includes Queensland Origin stars Casey McGuire, David Stagg and Sam Thaiday.Melbourne has recalled representatives Matt King and Dallas Johnson after the two were rested last weekend. After another suspension to Billy Slater, super kid Greg Inglis drops back to fullback. Melbourne has been a sort of hoodoo team for the Broncos especially in September, as the two clubs have faced off in the second Qualifying Final in Brisbane for the past two years. Both times the Storm has been victorious.South Sydney have the bye this weekend which will be six points in three weeks for the club which is on the back of two successive victories against the Raiders and Panthers.

Ref's call

FROM what I observed in Round 21, it was collectively a good performance all round from the referees, with only the one effort from Simpkins, bringing the marks down. I was really impressed by the overall outcome from the referees.

Bulldogs stick with winning side

MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has made no changes to his side who disposed of the Cowboys 54-14 in Townsville last weekend.

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