BRONCOS skipper Gorden Tallis has offered his services to Queensland coach Michael Hagan ahead of tonight?s deciding Origin clash as concern over the fitness of Steven Price and Michael Crocker heightens.
THE New South Wales Blues have won the 2004 State of Origin series after comprehensively defeating the Queensland Maroons by 36-14 at Telstra Stadium tonight.
THE third and final instalment of this year's State of Origin Series is looming large on the horizon of Rugby League's finest arena. The script couldn't have been written better with a 1-game-all deadlock, including a tight first encounter, followed by an open and free-flowing return clash that saw the return of favourite son Brad Fittler in the sky blue.
IN case I'm dealing with entertainment gurus here I should probably clarify that no, I am not quoting the Reverend Mother from the 1965 theatrical hit 'The Sound of Music', or the latest Guy Sebastian rendition of the classic for that matter. For the rest of you Rugby League fans, it might also serve me well to inform you that no, I'm not talking about the treacherous journey to the Penrith Football Stadium either, although we could certainly make a case for the latter. What I'm referencing here is what really makes great football well, great! A wise man once said:
A fact a lot of us forget in our day, is that anyone of us can be a hero. In rugby league this is associated with an inspirational performance by a first grader, well I don?t believe the club to be so exclusive.
SPORTSODDS NRL TEAMS & PREVIEW - ROUND 19
(Teams subject to change)
16 July ? 18 July 2004
(AEST times unless stated otherwise)
Fri 7:30pm: ROOSTERS (1st) V DRAGONS (6th)
Sat 5:30pm: PANTHERS (5th) V RAIDERS (7th)
Sat 7:30pm: COWBOYS (10th) V EELS (11th)
Sat 7:30pm: WESTS TIGERS (12th) V STORM (4th)
Sun 2:00pm (NZ) 12:00pm (AEST): WARRIORS (15th) V RABBITOHS (13th)
Sun 2:30pm: SHARKS (8th) V BULLDOGS (2nd)
Sun 3:00pm: KNIGHTS (9th) V BRONCOS (3rd)
SOME of the NRL?s leading players have thrown their support behind the current June 30 anti-tampering deadline ? setting up a battle with club and league officials looking to change the system.
HULL winger Colin Best is to join Australian club St George-Illawarra Dragons for next season.
The 25-year-old, who has scored 51 tries in his two years at Hull, said last week that he was leaving the club.
SACKED New Zealand-born Cronulla rugby league player Jason Williams remains in custody following a brief appearance on assault charges at the Sydney Local District Court in Sydney today.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs explosive winger Matt Utai has forced his way back into the top grade after a number of outstanding performances for the Bulldogs Premier League team. Utai will come into the side on the wing for this Sunday's match against the Sharks at Toyota Park in place of Ben Harris who is relegated to Premier League.
NSW Origin 1 rookie Ben Hornby will replace injured Dragons captain Trent Barrett at five-eighth against the Roosters at Aussie Stadium this Friday night.
IN the biggest rugby league fan poll ever conducted by the NRL?s official publication Big League, fans have indicated unprecedented support for the Storm to stay in Melbourne despite calls for the club to relocate as part of a proposed 16th NRL team.
PENRITH will have virtually their full strength side on the field against the Canberra Raiders this Saturday after Queensland forward Ben Ross was tonight cleared of a striking charge by the NRL judiciary.
MOTU Tony's agent has confirmed the former Warriors utility is considering a move back to the New Zealand club.
THE good news continued for the New Zealand Warriors yesterday with utility player Sione Faumuina agreeing to stay through to the 2007 rugby league season.