Australian team for Tri-Nations final

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.

Bluey Scoops The Pool

KIWIS coach Brian McClennan has been named the International Rugby League Coach of the Year at the annual Gillette International Rugby League Awards ceremony.

Rugby League's most embarrassing award

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.

Klein takes Final, Kidd steps down

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 team for Tri-Nations Final

NEW Zealand has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday night's Tri-Nations decider against Australia at Aussie Stadium.

And the Golden Boot goes to...

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

DRAGONS media release - Wes Naiqama

King confident of being fit

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.

Titans losing patience with recalcitrant Turner

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.

Kiwis going for back-to-back titles

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.

Turner to meet with NRL

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 clutching at straws, again...

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.

Rupert McCall's Tribute to the 2006 Dolphins

RENOWNED poet Rupert McCall grew up on the Redcliffe Peninsula with stories passed down from father Kerry, of the feats on the football field of the Dolphins of the 1960's like Kevin Yow Yeh, Des Webb, Henry Holloway and a young Arthur Beetson. With Red and White blood running through his veins Rupert would trek off down to Dolphin Oval as a youngster to cheer on his heroes growing up the likes of Bunny Pearce, Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Bobby Jones and Ian Thinee.Today Rupert is still as passionate as ever about his Redcliffe Dolphins and still makes the trek down to Dolphin Oval to watch his beloved Dolphins run around. But now it's just not Rupert and his dad that make that trip Rupert is introducing his children to the joys of a day on the hills at Dolphin Oval.At the Clubs presentation night this year Rupert recited this tribute to the 2006 Queensland Cup Premiers.They stood and delivered together ? they took to the paddock as oneThe Cow out in front like an axe man with a sense of what had to be done The species that followed behind him had that brave undeniable lookEquipped with the words of the guru ? the man that would answer to ?Hook? The months and the hours of training ? one last eighty minutes of workThere was Fluggie and Greenie and Shippie and ?The Mitchell Assassin? D BurkeWith a mighty investment of shoulder in and a personal passionate stakeThe Clydies ? they thought that they had it when they scored from the earliest breakFor to think - just a fortnight before this, the dithering Dolphin was smashedAnd they might have been planning the party?but the party was soon to be crashed!When a magical face ball found Turner and he dotted it down near the sticksHe thanked God and also the physio, for giving his hammie the fixThe game was about to ask questions?and only the brave can defineSet after set they attacked us, but we wouldn?t surrender our lineAnd then in the shadow of oranges, a taste of the pots we?d be skullin?The playmaking genius of Roberts found the blistering figure of CullenA sprinkle of side-stepping Pepper ? a pat on the nude shiny headAnd Snuffy, you?ll go down in folklore as a champion player in redThe chapters of courage continued ? a second half cyclone blew gnarlyThe boys made a wish on the tackle of Fish and the impact of Tex and of ParlieThe lovers of league at the Stadium and those who sat glued to their tellySaw the Fox and the Weasel combining to give space to the flying GuimelliBut the game it remained in the balance, though the field goal provided some spaceIt wasn?t til Emmett Cazaly put the nail of the coffin in placeLike a cattle dog catching a Frisbee then to Bromley ? you beauty! Amen! And to prove that it wasn?t an instance of arse, they freakishly did it again When Shippie completed the carve up ? the Dolphin brigade went berserk With the hair of a Trojan Adonis, then the extras were added by BourkeThe same way he?d done it all season ? the sum of all sailors on deck Through the efforts of big Paddy Gardner ? of Kane and of Simmo and ShrekWith Slugger & all the support staff ? through the good and the bad times, they hung?Cheers boys here we are from Redcliffe? ? the song, once again, will be sung!And you think that?s the end of the story? But it isn?t the end ? not by farAs the Fins left the paddock together ? there was one unforgettable StarrHis family proud in the grandstand ? they would have been win, lose or drawBut Starry you earnt what was coming ? and I know you?ll remember the roarWhen Cowboy took hold of that trophy ? the strength of the memory sticksAnd he raised it in glory and honour for THE FINS OF TWO THOUSAND AND SIX!For more information on Rupert including some of his past works like the patriotic Green and Gold Malaria and his moving tribute to Steve Irwin you can log onto his website www.rupertmccall.com.au or you can hear him on radio nightly from 6.00 to 8.00pm on the Sports Today program he co-hosts with Rod Tiley on 4BC 1116am in Brisbane.

Police yet to decide on Dragons fate

POLICE will today interview a newspaper photographer to determine whether St George Illawarra winger Wes Naiqama is to face charges of driving while disqualified.

Hull KR prepare to KO Superleague

HULL KR will embark this month on one of the greatest challenges in the world of Rugby League ? to stay in Superleague after promotion.

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