BEN Matulino is an example of what the new New Zealand Rugby League regional academy in Wellington is trying to achieve.
MIKE Saunders, fullback Layne Green and teenage stand-off Darren Tonihi will make their Bartercard Cup debuts for the Canterbury Bulls today in this seasons Bartercard Cup openener when the Bull face Waitakere Rangers in Auckland.
A late try and surprising last minute field goal by Eels forward Ian Hindmarsh sealed a comprehensive victory for the Parramatta side, which fought hard for its 27 points to triumph over a gallant 14 point Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium.
THE Gold Coast Titans have produced a great team performance to hand the Brisbane Broncos their fourth loss in five games by running out 28-16 winners over the defending champions at a packed Suncorp Stadium this evening.
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NEW Zealand's premier rugby league competition, kicks off this weekend with the same ten teams competing from the 2006 year.
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