Barrett out of Origin - Johns in

NEW South Wales half back Trent Barrett has been ruled out of State of Origin II after suffering a thigh injury during a training session in Dubbo today. He will be replaced by Knights half back Andrew Johns.

Bears Courageous In Defeat

THE Flegg boys put in a courageous performance for the bulk of the match against the top place Dragons. Reflecting the closeness of the match at one point ABC Radio noted it would be "a huge upset if Norths won given both teams positions on the table". The first half proved a tough arm wrestle finishing 6-4 to the Bears after a try to Bears Tim Woodbine and some courageous defence to protect the Bears line. The Dragons moved ahead with two tries early in the first, but the Bears hit back with a monster run from forward Arnold Mano to score after good work from Tim Woodbine made it 16 all with 12 minutes on the clock. Unfortunately the last 10 minutes was completely unrepresentative of the rest of the game for the team, the highly placed Dragons winning 34-16. "Although we lacked intensity in the last 10, all the boys performed well" claimed coach Gavin Catanach singling out second rower Mick Morris and giving a big wrap to Jono Freeman in his return match. Pictured: try scorer Arnold Mano.

NZRL Bartercard Cup - Round 7

NZRL Bartercard Cup Round 7 kicks off tomorrow with only four points separating the top eight teams. The Lions, Bulls and the Jetz head the table, followed closely by the Tigers, Brothers, Raiders, Wellington and the Falcons.

Scotland Name Four Squads

SCOTLAND will make history on Sunday when they field four international teams on the same day for the first time. In a triple-header at Brewery Field, Bridgend, Scotland will play Wales and Under-15, Under-19 and A team level, while Scotland Students will be playing the Army at Carlisle in the Scottish Courage Cup. "This is a tremendous day for Scotland Rugby League and shows how far they have come in ten years," said European Development Officer Kevin Rudd, previously coach to the Scottish Students and A team.

QUEENSLAND CUP ROUND 13 PREVIEW

TOOWOOMBA CLYDESDALES v TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS Clive Berghofer Stadium, 2pm Saturday, June 11.

Premier League - round 14 previews

WESTERN Suburbs Magpies vs. Canterbury Bulldogs Campbelltown Stadium 5.30 PM Friday. Tenth placed Magpies are at home to fifth placed Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have won their last three games and seem to be getting over the injury crises that kept them down in the early part of the season. The Magpies have lost two of their last three. The Bulldogs should have a comfortable win. Western Suburbs Magpies: Shannon McDonnell, Ben Yelavich, Aaron Mercer, Dean Collis, Michael Crockett, Ben Roberts, Ryan Borg, Siikeaha Teaupa, Isaac De Gois ?, Ray Cashmere, Chris Paterson, Robert Miles, Nathan Waters. Interchange: Adam Fletcher, Abraham Pritchard, Jarrod Saffy, Richard Parker, Aaron Sweeney. Coach: Steve Georgallis Canterbury Bulldogs: Trent Cutler, Makasini Richter, Filinga Filiga, Paoa Faamita, Sosaia Makisi, Dallas McIlwain, Isaac Kaufmann, Josh Cale, Daniel Irvine, Charlie Tonga, Ben Czislowski, Nathan Armit, Jason Wells. Interchange: Jarrad Hickey, Chris McGuirk, Darren Brown, Luke Young, Nathan Barry. Coach: Wayne Lambkin

Jack Thompson

IT is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Jack Thompson.

Hull FC Trio pen new 2 year deals

HULL FC are delighted to confirm the signings of Chris Chester, Graeme Horne and Kirk Dixon who have extended their stay at the KC Stadium for a further two years.

Centurions give Bulldogs a 6 ? 70 lesson.

ON the way up to Birmingham, the Cents did not have had much to worry about being almost top of the league compared to the Bulldogs who were struggling near the bottom. They were not complacent though and made sure that they completed their job convincingly and came home with two more points.

OKI vs WIN: the stadium battle

COURTESY Brad Forrest (St.George Leader)

The Tigers turn it on in Campbelltown

FULLTIME score: Round 14 Wests Tigers 34 v Cronulla Sharks 18

Round 14 Preview ? The home stretch

AS all clubs now step into the second half of the competition, a few will do so with confidence, some with trepidation, others with fear. Clubs like Souths and Newcastle have resigned themselves to their fate, while Penrith and Canterbury are staring up at an insurmountable task. At the top looking down are Brisbane, Manly and North Queensland, whose only worries appear to extend to the dogfight over whom gets the 100 grand on offer for the minor premiership and Parramatta are strengthening their claims for a top four spot at the expense of Cronulla.

Eels add salt to Knights wounds

FULLTIME score: Round 14 Newcastle Knights 0 v Parramatta Eels 50

ESL Round 17 - Friday Game Previews

REDS and Saints name squads, Wildcats and Rhinos clash, and Millward rides the storm.

ESL relegation battle hots up

RESULTS from Round 16 of the English Superleague have compressed the tail end of the ladder, setting up a mighty battle to avoid relegation with 12 rounds still remaining. Seven teams are placed within four points of the relegation zone. On 5 points, Leigh are almost certain to be relegated, however due to the introduction of French club Les Catalan, two teams will be subject to relegation this year. It is this second relegation position that is placing pressure on up to 6 teams.

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