COWBOYS coach Graham Murray says hooker Aaron Payne has the class to become a dangerous bench option for the Maroons later in the State of Origin series.
WITH just nine rounds of the NRL gone Raiders coach David Furner says Canberra must beat Souths on Monday if they are to finish in the top eight.
THEY still average only 15 points a game, but Cronulla are starting to believe they can be one of the NRL's attacking forces in 2008.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have tonight posted a comprehensive 36-12 victory over the Melbourne Storm in Homebush.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have handed the North Queensland Cowboys a fourth consecutive loss, running out convincing 38-6 winners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford tonight.
IT was cold, windy and wet, but none of that mattered too much to the Sharks faithful on hand to watch their team pick up a 13-6 win over the Brisbane Broncos at Toyota Stadium tonight.
QUEENSLAND firebrand Carl Webb has declared it's "game on", warning NSW aren't just talking tough before Wednesday night's opening State of Origin clash.
SPEED machine Shannon Walker is set to make his NRL debut for the Titans next weekend following a long term knee injury to winger Smith Samua.
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens must be secretly hoping returning stars Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah can provide spark against the Knights.
IN an NRL team full of representative stars, Mark O'Meley admits he's had a tough time standing out at the Sydney Roosters.
LITTLE-KNOWN Penrith forward Matthew Bell admits he basically fell into an NRL career.
THE gentleman of Australian rugby league, South Sydney great Jack Rayner, has passed away at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, at midnight Friday aged 87.
THE Bulldogs U20 Toyota Cup team have drawn 28-28 in an entertaining match against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park tonight.
AN enthusiastic Roosters outfit outplays the Eels by 32-12.
THE Gold Coast Titans have held out the Canterbury Bulldogs in controversial circumstances to claim a 24-20 victory and go to the top of the NRL ladder.