QLD Cup: There can be only one!

THREE grades of sudden death. Only two possible outcomes - elimination or adulation. Find out the low-down on Saturday's big day of preliminary finals at Dolphin Oval.

Fiji Rugby League Open Trials

THE Australian Fijian Rugby League will be holding open trials for selection into the Fiji Bati national side for the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday the 16th of September 2006 at Mascot Oval.Registration will begin at 11am.All players should be covered by the highest private health insurance. Please bring your boots, shorts and socks on the day.To be eligible to trial you must have either been born in Fiji, have at least 1 parent born in Fiji or at least 1 grand parent born in Fiji. You must also have been registered with a Rugby League club this season.If you are successful in this trial you will be selected into an Australian Fijian squad to play against the Fiji/NZ based players on the 23rd of September. The Fiji Bati will then be decided after this match.Please spread the word and get onto the coconut wireless to any Fijian Rugby League players you know. We don't want to leave any stone unturned in the search for talent.For more information please email [email protected]

I'm ready to go: Head

ST George Illawarra halfback Mathew Head has declared himself ready to go in Saturday night's qualifying final against Brisbane, though coach Nathan Brown will delay making a decision on whether he plays or not until game day.

Knights sign Sargent

NEWCASTLE Knights have signed sacked North Queensland prop Mitchell Sargent on a three year contract.

English referee Smith retires

ENGLISHMAN Russell Smith has retired from officiating after 15 years as a first grade rugby league referee.

Green Cleared to Play

THE Emerald Group Redcliffe Dolphins have received a boost in the lead up to preliminary final clash with the East Tigers this weekend. Interchange Back rower Danny Green was this afternoon cleared by the QRL judiciary to take his place in the Dolphins line up this weekend. "I'm very happy to have got off, this why we all play the game to be involved in the big games at this time of the year,I didn't want to be sitting in the pig pen on Saturday afternoon that's for sure" a relieved Green said. "There are a few things I will be working on to make sure I don't have to come up here again. I'd also like to thank the QRL for giving me the chance to put my case forward." Green said.

Round 26 Team of the Week

THE sweet smell of September is in the air and with it finals footy. But before we launch into the McIntyre 8 it?s worth noting that the final week of the regular season was an absolute bell-ringer with some tight results and burgeoning crowds across the board. So here?s the Round 26 League Unlimited Team of the Week and the final one for this season.

Costin Rises to the Top

VETERAN Brandon Costin has taken out the prestigious Courier-Mail Best and Fairest title, rugby league's longest-running player award.

Cullen laughs off link to Chooks

REPORTS the Sydney Roosters have targeted Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett have been met with laughter and surprise from the Broncos.

Jets set to host semi-final

RUGBY League history will be made this coming Friday night (September 8th) when the Newtown Jets, the foundation club of the NSW Rugby League, will host a senior grade semi-final for the first time at Henson Park.The Jets will meet the Penrith-St Marys Cougars in a VB Premier League qualifying final at Henson Park with this match kicking off at 7.30pm.The match details are:Friday, September 8th 2006NSWRL VB Premier LeagueQualifying FinalHenson ParkNewtown v Penrith-St Marys CougarsKick-Off: 7.30pmPhoto:Newtown?s special ace for Friday night?s semi-final will be the will-of-the-wisp halfback Jamie Soward.Photo courtesy of Mike Biboudis.

Tight contest for Warriors awards

ANNUAL awards will be handed out to the Vodafone Warriors? top achievers at Sky City next Thursday night (September 14) after one of the club?s best seasons in the NRL.

Tamaki Leopards - Finals prev

THE Tamaki Leopards don?t have a lot of time to enjoy their nail-biting win over the Waitakere Rangers.The Leopards grabbed a golden point 25-24 win over the Rangers on Monday night to book their spot in the Bartercard Cup semi-finals with the Canterbury Bulls.The two teams face off at Mt Smart Stadium on Monday September 11 and Leopards coach Dean Clark is already plotting the strategy to help them continue their winning run. ?The boys dug deep and that?s what we?d been working towards all week,? Clark said.?I?m proud of what the boys have achieved but we?ve still got another game to play.But the former Kiwi knows it?s not going to be easy to beat the Bulls.?We?ll be viewing some of the games Canterbury have played this season,? he said.?We?ll be trying to work another game plan to suit us against them.?The Leopards made plenty of mistakes throughout the game gifting the Rangers plenty of possession and points.But when they got it right they showed why they are serious title contenders.Their attacking play was impressive as was their composure in the moments before halfback Darin Kingi landed the field goal that won them the game.With the Rangers? defence stretched they could have tried their luck at grabbing a try to win the game but instead they turned to the young halfback and he didn?t disappoint.But the left-footed kicker wasn?t getting carried away after the game.And he admitted the team knew they still had plenty of work to do.?This is what we?ve been working for all year,? he said.?This is our time to shine, it?s time for us to play to our potential.?CANTERBURY BULLS vs TAMAKI LEOPARDSMt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New ZealandMonday 11 September 2006 ? 8.00pm Kick Off * LIVE & FREE-TO-AIR ON MAORI TELEVISION *CANTERBURY BULLS:LUSI SIONESCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENLEE FIDOWLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOJONNY LIMMERDANIEL METCALFCOREY LAWRIEGARETH COOKBLAKE MILNERROSS TURILOUIS FANENECoach - PHILIP PRESCOTTManagement:BRENT STUARTDAVE PERKINSBRUCE MILNEANDY WIHARESTEVE WOODTAMAKI LEOPARDSCOOPER VUNATAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZACONSTANTINE MIKAISAAKO HAGAITOA(CO-C) WILLIAM HETADARIN KINGISIONE NIUILATROY BECROFT(CO-C) SINAVE FAITALEISAAC LIAVAAGEOFFREY RUAPOROPAUL ATKINSRICHARD JOHNSONFRED TURUWHENUA(GENE VAAFUSUAGA)LEESON AH MAU(NIKORN THAMMAVONGSA)KOTISI FAKALATACoach - DEAN CLARKManagement:VINNIE CLARKKEVIN HAWKINSJACK PRENDERGASTRICK WILLIAMSJOHN BOCKETTWILLIE TAUATEVALUBOB NEWALDRHYS CULLEN

Around the Grounds with Rosso

AFTER having the bye in round 26, Newcastle welcome back captain Andrew Johns from a contrary conduct suspension for their Qualifying Final against Manly. The match will be played at a sold out Energy Australia Stadium, where just a month ago, the exact same sides played in a corresponding match which was fuelled with controversy, as the Knights lost an attacking raid with just one minute on the clock. That night referee Paul Simpkins correctly ruled that a pass was not played at by Sea Eagles? centre Steve Matai.

Overnight wrap: Roosters & Tigers

INSPIRATIONAL Sydney Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon has won the Jack Gibson Medal for being the Sydney Roosters' Player of the Year.

Statement from Wests Tigers CEO Steve Noyce

STATEMENT FROM STEVE NOYCEWests Tigers Chief Executive Steve Noyce today issued the following statement.?We have been made aware of an allegation that a woman may have been sexually assaulted early Monday morning at a place where both Wests Tigers players and others were present,?? Mr Noyce said.?We are not aware at this stage of any specific allegation against a Wests Tigers player and the Club is very keen to work with the police to establish what may or may not have taken place.??

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