QUEENSLAND and Toyota Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness for this weekend's game against the Bulldogs.
BULLDOGS centre Willie Tonga has rejected the Club's offer and will go to June 30 to test the market with other NRL clubs.
QUEENSLAND'S State of Origin hero Adam Mogg said he will be focused and ready for the Raider's round 15 clash against the Storm this weekend, despite the huge week he has just gone through in the lead up to, and including Game II of this year's series.Mogg said his feet are firmly planted on the ground after Wednesday night's two try performance, and he is ready to tackle the Storm head on Sunday afternoon."It's great to be back home and around the boys you train hard with every week," Mogg said. "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into Melbourne this week."Mogg said the chance to increase the Raiders winning run to four has been a huge incentive for the side this weekend, but he is aware of how hard it's been in the past for a Canberra side to get a win against Melbourne, especially at their home of Olympic Park."It's a big game and the Storm are the favourite at the moment as they are playing really good footy," he said. "It will be a big challenge that I'm looking forward to it."Mogg said the Raiders should have been celebrating players being picked for representative duties earlier in the season, and he hopes his selection will lead to other Canberra based players gaining the recognition they deserve."We wear our hearts on our sleeves every week when we run out," he said. "Hopefully a few guys who should have been in Country Origin this year get a bit more notice and we get a few players in the future."Raiders Captain Clinton Schifcofske said the past three week's for the Raiders have really boosted the whole team's confidence, and he expects things to improve even more with another Raider win on Sunday."We've had three really close wins and the sort of wins you can draw confidence from," Schifcofske said. "We are at the halfway point of the season and we are in pretty good shape."Schifcofske hinted to a similar situation last season where the Raiders were on the ropes due to an alarming injury toll, but said there were positive signs this season that the reverse is happening to that statistic."I think the coach said this time last year we were falling apart a bit," he said. "This year though we've had a few blokes who have had injuries coming back into the side, with Troy Thompson, Jason Smith, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Moggy back from origin, so it's a positive step."
THE Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old utility player Casey McGuire.
THE agony for the Ergon Energy Broncos continued today with Test fullback Karmichael Hunt ruled out for at least two months with a fractured bone in his left foot.
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QUEENSLAND centre Justin Hodges has been ruled out of Brisbane's side for tonight's NRL clash with St George-Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium. Hodges suffered a knee injury in the State of Origin win over NSW on Wednesday night and was ruled unfit this morning.
IAN Millward will be deputy coach under Graham Murray at the North Queensland Cowboys from next season after signing a two-year deal. The Australian returns from a successful stint in the English Super League to replace Cowboys assistant Neil Henry, who takes over Canberra's head coach reins next season.
AN under strength Canberra Raiders side met some unexpected resistance from the lowly Bulldogs in Premier League on Monday, going down 32-20 at Telstra Stadium.
CHAMPION halfback Andrew Johns has ruled out making a return to representative football for the third and deciding State of Origin clash in Melbourne. Johns had hinted at a possible comeback for NSW after the Blues were thumped 30-6 by Queensland at Suncorp Stadium to level the series 1-1 on Wednesday night.
ROUND 12 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup will see some tough games for the teams vying for a Top 5 spot on the competition table.First game up tomorrow night is the clash between the Falcons and Rangers in Levin. A heavy loss to the competition leaders last week has seen the Cental Falcons slip down the table to be near the bottom. They'll be looking for a solid performance up against the Watakere Rangers who had an impressive win over bottom placed Northern Storm in Round 11 Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, Levin 7.30pm Kick OffCENTRAL FALCONSZIGGY TANGIRATIM CAHILLELISHA LEOTASTEPHEN FORBESTERRY CLUNE (C)HAISLEY ROBSONSHANE LAHINASIMON HEADRICKY HURUNUIHEYDON HEALEYRICKY THORBYBENSON TUPOUROPATI PALEAAETONY GREIGRUSSELL PACKERISAAC TUPAICoach - DAVID LOMAXWAITAKERE RANGERS(#20) CLIFFORD BEVERLEYWILLIAM CLARKENBOYCIE NELSONROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONJUNIOR FIUROB SEUALASCOTT JONESKARL GUTTENBEILHENRY TURUA (Co-C)DEAN SHEPHERDMARK TOELAUHAMISH BARCLAYDANIEL O?REGANCoach - BERNIE PERENARAReferee: Adam BurnsSunday 18 June 2006 Top of the table Auckland Lions take on 3rd placed Tamaki Leopards in the curtain raiser for the Warriors vs Knights game. There'll be plenty of talent on show for the early birds to Ericsson, including players from the Warriors development squad wanting to impress. Looking forward to this clash.Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 11.50am Kick Off(C/R To Warriors vs Knights)AUCKLAND LIONSDAVID FISI?IAHIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNLUI TOIMOANASTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTJULIAN O?NEILLLEE WETHERILLSIONE POUHASALA FA?ALOGOPALETASALA ALEFABIAN SOUTERDANIEL O?REGANDYLAN DAVISTwo more to be namedCoach - BRIAN McCLENNANTAMAKI LEOPARDSCOOPER VUNATAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZAKOTISI FAKALATA (CLINTON TOOPI)ISAAKO HAGAITOAWILLIAM HETA (Co-C)MANA ASHFORDGEORGE TUAKURADARIN KINGISINAVE FAITALE (Co-C)FRED TURUWHENUAISAAC LIAVAAGEOFFREY RUAPOROPAUL ATKINSRICHARD JOHNSONTROY BECROFTSIONE NIUILACoach - DEAN CLARKReferee: Craig PascoeNorthern Storm may feel the brunt of the Bulls fire when they meet up early Sunday afternooon in Whangarei. A rare home defeat for the Bulls last week against the Harbour League side will still be in their minds I'm sure. The Storm have shown they can cause a bit of damage, and no better place to do it than in front of their supporters.Northern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, Whangarei 1.00pm Kick OffNORTHERN STORMBRENDAN HIKAKADYLAN WEREJACK WALKER (C)MASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONANTHONY CLYDESTEVE RAULINTON PRICEVINCENT MAFIADAM DONALDSONJOHNEEN FAGAVAOKAHURANGI HENAREHENRY GODINETJOEL FREEMAN (VICTOR TUTUILA)JOE IOANEFINAU MOALA (PUHI TOA)Coach - GEOFF MORTONCANTERBURY BULLSLUSI SIONESCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENBEN HURRELLLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOBLAKE MILNERCLINTON FRASERCOREY LAWRIEDANIEL METCALFROBERT BUTLERROSS TURIJOHN LENECoach - PHILIP PRESCOTTReferee: Leon WilliamsonThe Stallions have had a couple of good wins in the last two rounds and will travel down to Wellington full of confidence for their match on Sunday afternoon. The mostly youthful Orcas side fought hard on Monday night against a tough Jetz side and can take a lot of heart from that. A tough one to pick a winner from.Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, Wellington 2.30pm Kick OffAddress: Off Marine Drive, Petone, Wellington WELLINGTON ORCASDION LAULUDESTA BUCHANANOMPALUS KUATOLOVAE AUVAAMELI KOLIVAUALEHANA MARALEON BOYDTAYLOR PELENISEBEN TARAEKAMOSE MASOEDALLAS RENNIEDANIEL MISAHAYDEN DAVISMICHAEL LEALAVAAASHLEY PARKERBEN MATULINOPAUL RUDMANCoach - PAUL BERGMANWAICOA BAY STALLIONSJUNIOR AURUMOKONUIARANGI McGRATHKARL PERRYTETEIRA DAVISMICHAEL MOOREISAAC JOHNSHAYDEN KARENADAVID LETELE (C)PETER PRIMEJOSHUA DAVIDANARU GRANTSIMON BEALENOAH RUTENETALANOA VILIAMISHANE TEKURUMICHAEL STEVENSPAUL CLOUSTONCoach - HIKI RUTENEReferee: Glen BlackOne of the top match ups of Round 12 is saved for Monday night when the Jetz take on Harbour League in Albany. Both sides come off impressive away wins from last week. One point seperates the two sides on the table, with the Harbour side just out of the Top 5. Monday 19 June 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori TelevisionCounties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour League North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffCOUNTIES MANUKAU JETZDAVE HEKETOAJEFFERY MATAILIU FALEONOMARVIN FILIPOTALIVAKAOLA TUIFUAJESSE IOAPOELIAKIM UASIANDREW TAUAILEIMONI MOALAJOHN VAIMAUGATALIPOPE TUIFELASAIROMAN HIFOANDREW WHARTONWILLIAM WOLFGRAMMGEORGE ELIKIMAURICE AH VOAIRO TEARIKICoach - GARY KEMBLEHARBOUR LEAGUEDYLAN RAMEKATUI SAMOASHAUN METCALFJEREMY GOLFJOE VAIFALEJARED TROTTDWAYNE GLASGOW(#20) CHRIS TUPOUSONNY CAVANAGHTANE HART (C)JEREMIAH PAIARTY SHEADJASON KAMARIERAROCKY EDWARDSHOPOATE TUIHALANGINGIEDAMON TROTTIVALA VAAELUACoach - KENNY McINTOSHReferee: Dave Pakieto
WILL all the fuss over Fuifui?s little chomp, Monday?s boilover and Wednesday?s State of Origin, the Round 14 League Unlimited Team of the Week has had to show its versatility and pack into the mix on a Friday. It has been a festival of League recently and what better way to gear up for another weekend of action than to peruse the finest 17 on paper from last round.
THE Newcastle Knights take on the high flying Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers this Saturday at Energy Australia Stadium.