QUEENSLAND forward Carl Webb has been ruled out of next month's State Of Origin series decider against New South Wales in Brisbane.
ON 20th April 1908 North Sydney and South Sydney played the inaugural match of the NSWRL competition.
SATURDAY sees a top of the table clash between the Bridgend Blue Bulls and Aberavon Fighting Irish with the Bulls hoping to improve on their performance v Cardiff Demons last weekend.
THIS weekend?s Bartercard Cup action kicks off tomorrow with three games in Auckland and one in Greymouth.
LONDON will tackle Leeds at Headingley on Friday night in the Powergen Challenge Cup again without the services of captain Mark McLinden, with Lee Hopkins hoping to lead his men to a semi final berth.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop forward Mick Slicker has retired from Rugby League due to chronic and persistent knee problems. The 26 year old Irish international has played only 8 games this year for the Giants and has reluctantly had to accept specialists verdicts that for his long term health and mobility it was time to hang the boots up.
CRONULLA fullback David Peachey is poised to accept a two-year contract with Widnes Vikings.
WIGAN legend Martin Offiah has urged his former club?s players to "show their pride in the shirt" during Sunday?s Powergen Challenge Cup quarter-final at St Helens.
NATIONAL League One (NL1) club Whitehaven are cautiously considering a proposed buy out by a local businessman. The Cumbrian side, which currently operates on a shareholder system, has fielded an offer from business park developer Tony Ansell. His plan is to buy a majority share in the club, and then raise 3-4 million pounds from investors in order to bring Whitehaven?s home Recreation Field up to Superleague standards.
WESTS Tigers captain Mark O'Neill won't be offerred a playing contract for 2006 but the club want him to take a position in junior development.
THE June 30 deadline for approaching players coming off contract next year is set to expire in a week which means round 16 is the last footy on offer before Rugby League?s homeless are rounded up and paraded about the landscape like a prized bull in the main arena at the Easter Show.
RAIDERS 23 v COWBOYS 22
A late field goal from veteran campaigner Jason Smith has sealed victory with the Canberra Raiders narrowly defeating the North Queensland Cowboys 23-22 at Canberra Stadium tonight.
PENRITH PANTHERS 24 v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 28
The Newcastle Knights have stunned the Penrith Panthers with a gripping 28-24 win at Penrith Stadium tonight.
Sydney Roosters 12 Parramatta Eels 8
Melbourne Storm 48 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6