THE room was dark and smoky. The regular sound of poker chips coming together gave an unsteady rhythm, replicating the mood of the players left seated at the table. Onlookers shuffled around nervously, sensing that something big was about to happen.
EVERYONE?S a critic, so they say.
THE Canberra Raiders Premier League team has entry to the hottest sporting event in Sydney this Saturday night, but they won?t be sticking around to watch footy. They?ll be there to play.
THE Orara Valley Axemen 7's 2006 is starting to shape up as a full international event. With teams from Japan, Tonga, Samoa, NZ Maori's, Cook Islands, USA, Malta, Fiji Bati, Fiji A, South Sydney, Sydney Bulls, Aboriginal Allstars, Armadale, Byron Bay, Sawtell, Guyra, Australian Based Maori's, Sydney Uni, Gimbisi Warriors and last years winners Lebanon.
THE 2005 engage Super League "Dream Team" has been named, and includes five players from St Helens, four from Leeds Rhinos, two from Hull FC plus players from Bradford Bulls and Warrington Wolves.
BENJI Marshall is happy to play through the pain barrier to prolong the eye-catching Wests Tigers National Rugby League (NRL) finals run, but his bravery is likely to be bad news for the Kiwis.
THE Australian Tertiary Students Rugby League team are currently on a tour of the South Pacific and will end their campaign in New Zealand when they take on the Auckland Tertiary Students team at Ericsson Stadium No.2 on Friday 23 September 2005.
FORMER Broncos captain Gorden Tallis says Darren Lockyer should skip the coming Tri-Nations series to improve the Broncos' chances of claiming the NRL premiership next season.
AS the pressure intensifies on St George Illawarra, senior Dragons players are confident a lack of fitness won't be a factor in Saturday night's preliminary final against Wests Tigers.
AFTER lengthy negotiations St George Illawarra fullback Clint Greenshields has today agreed to terms for a further twelve months with the Dragons.
ONE of rugby League's biggest questions has been answered tonight (Thursday, 22/09/05) with the Gold Coast launching their new name, the Gold Coast Titans, at Robina Town Centre in Queensland.
DEAN Widders admits he has finally matured as a rugby league player.
SATURDAY, 24th September 2005
RUSSELL Crowe has ruled out making any bid to buy his beloved South Sydney NRL club, for the time being.