MEDIA RELEASE - Wes NaiqamaNovember 23, 2006 - St George Illawarra DragonsThe St George Illawarra Dragons were today advised that Wes Naiqama has been charged by police for driving without a license last weekend.The Club acknowledges the seriousness of the matter and this seriousness, makes it all the more important that the player is allowed the opportunity to pursue his rights and that the legal system is given time to run its proper course.As a result, the Dragons will suspend their internal investigations and make no further comment until all legal proceedings are concluded.UPDATE (LeagueUnlimited.com): Naiqama has been granted conditional bail and will appear at Waverley Local Court on December 12, 2006.
THE Gold Coast Titans have warned Melbourne winger Steve Turner he faces the full wrath of the club if he wants to stay with the Storm for financial rather than compassionate reasons.
GOLD Coast officials will meet with renegade Melbourne winger Steve Turner in the next 48 hours to resolve the bitter contractual dispute between the Titans and the Storm.
AUSTRALIAN prop Willie Mason has been reinstated into the starting line-up for Saturday night's Tri-Nations final against New Zealand at Aussie Stadium.
KIWIS coach Brian McClennan has been named the International Rugby League Coach of the Year at the annual Gillette International Rugby League Awards ceremony.
LAST night the standing of the International Rugby League Board, and the Australian Rugby League, sunk to its lowest ever level ? if it is possible to sink lower than it already was.
ENGLISH-BASED Australian referee Ashley Klein has been appointed to control Saturday night's Tri-Nations rugby league final between New Zealand and the Kangaroos at Aussie Stadium.
NEW Zealand has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday night's Tri-Nations decider against Australia at Aussie Stadium.
AUSTRALIAN captain Darren Lockyer has become just the second player to win the International Rugby League Player of the Year award twice.The Kangaroos, Broncos and Queensland five-eighth has taken out the Golden Boot award in Sydney, having previously won it 2003.Halfback Andrew Johns is the only other player to have won the award twice.Lockyer has also won the award for International Back of the Year, with Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock, taking out the forwards award.Australian back Greg Inglis has taken out the Newcomer of the Year trophy.In other news, Australia and New Zealand will today name their teams for this Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby league final.Kangaroos enforcer Willie Mason Is set to return after his one-match suspension. Mason will most likely come into Ricky Stuart's 17-man side in place of Antonio Kaufusi, with winger Matt King also a possible inclusion after recovering from a calf injury.
DRAGONS media release - Wes Naiqama
AUSTRALIAN winger Matt King is confident he'll be fit to push for a berth in Saturday night's Tri Nations rugby league final against New Zealand.
GOLD Coast Titans will withdraw their offer to release defiant Melbourne winger Steve Turner at the end of the 2007 season if he pursues legal action against the NRL club.
NEW Zealand coach Brian McClennan says winning back-to-back Tri-Nations rugby league titles would rank among the country's all-time greatest sporting achievements.
DEFIANT Melbourne winger Steve Turner will meet with NRL boss David Gallop on Wednesday to present his side of the story in the bitter tug-of-war for his services between the Gold Coast Titans and the Storm.
UNION has once again borrowed League to get a backpage with reports they intend to have another lash at League?s best backline stars following the 2007 World Cup.