Mander calls it quits

TIM Mander has today announced his retirement from refereeing but will remain with the NRL in 2006 as a video referee.The 44-year-old has refereed the last two NRL Grand Finals and was named the Referee of the Year in the 2005 Golden Boot awards. Mander said he was ready to focus on his career in Christian ministry as well as remaining close to the game of rugby league.

Rugby League 2 - out now and ready for shipping!

RUGBY League 2 is the much anticipated sequel to 2003's record breaking NRL Rugby League. Featuring lifelike player graphics, highly realistic gameplay and a brand new 'Franchise' management mode, Rugby League 2 is sure to be the favourite this gaming season!Look at these features:Players: 1 ? 8 playersOnline Support: Online play supportedMultiplayer online play for all platforms, allowing competitive and friendly play over the Internet, player rankings, and statisticsAll major teams and competitions including the NRL, SuperLeague, State of Origin, City versus Country, and a range of International TeamsBrand new gameplay features including ball stripping, shoulder barges, diving on and kicking the loose ball, contesting the high ball, pass to playmaker and moreNew multi year Franchise Mode, including player contract management, injuries, judiciary, and mid season representative gamesHighly realistic, individually modelled likenesses for over 500 players and refereesLifelike animation, motion captured by Weta Digital, the VFX wizards behind The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy40+ accurately modelled stadia from around the worldAll new commentary from Andrew Voss of Channel 9Highly customisable game rules and gameplay slidersSignificantly higher fidelity in-game graphicsRL2 is available on both PC and PS2 formats and is available now from LeagueUnlimited.comPlus, as a part of a special Christmas offer, we're giving away a beaut mousemat with every purchase - absolutely FREE.For screen shots, more info, and purchase information, click on the image below:

Knights secure future after financial turnaround

AFTER announcing a deal today which secured its financial future, Newcastle chairman Mike Tyler has admitted the NRL club was close to going into receivership just eight months ago.

Hookey becomes a Panther

PENRITH has given Lee Hookey an opportunity to resurrect his NRL career, offering the former South Sydney prodigy a one-year contract.The speedy three-quarter, who has scored 44 tries in a 109-game career with the Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra, was off contract after making just 11 first-grade appearances for the Rabbitohs in 2005.Penrith coach John Lang says Hookey will bring some much-needed experience to the Panthers' outside backs next year.

North Sydney Bears Official Merchandise

COME visit the North Sydney Bears Merchandise stall at the North Sydney Markets this Saturday 10th December 2006.North Sydney Markets are on every 2nd Saturday of every month (from 9 am to 4 pm), you can wander through the parkland environment with 160 stalls offering: arts, crafts and plants clothes, hats and jewellery, books, bric a brac and antiques, freshly baked cakes, jams, honey, and preserves, massage treatments and of course BEARS MERCHANDISE.Also enjoy the live entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm.Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (between Ridge and McLaren Streets). On rainy days the markets will be on the top floor of the Ridge Street carpark. Parking: plenty of free parking in Ridge Street carpark.

Hull derby off after cash dispute

CITY rivals Hull FC and Hull KR have fallen out over the proceeds of a planned pre-season friendly next year.

Orford The Olympic Park Hero

MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford was the toast of Olympic Park tonight as he scored the matchwinning try with just 20 seconds remaining as the Melbourne Storm beat the Parramatta Eels 22-16 in a tough and thrilling encounter at Olympic Park this evening.

Roosters win in Local Derby

THE Sydney Roosters have defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs tonight at Aussie Stadium 22-12 in front of over 13,000 fans.

Scotland stay loyal for Wales clash

SCOTLAND A coach Kevin Rudd has kept faith with the squad that went close to beating England, for the clash with Wales A at Hamilton RFC on Saturday 3 July. Scotland must beat the holders to have any chance of lifting the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Cup for the first time.

NZ Warriors lose great clubman

THE New Zealand Warriors have lost an outstanding member of their organisation with the passing yesterday of Tony Whitworth. Tony had been bravely fighting a lengthy battle against cancer but passed away peacefully in a hospice in Auckland with family by his side.

Stacey Jones future decided

IT appears Stacey Jones will remain a Warrior after all, the star halfback has turned down an approach from the Wigan Warriors to see out his contract with the New Zealand Warriors until the end of 2006. This news will please a lot of Warriors fans, who have seen their club disintegrate before their eyes over the past few months. But with their best player committing himself to the next two seasons beyond 2004, the club has a chance to refocus and rebuild a club that just last year treated the league world to a style of play that left you on the edge of your seat. Hopefully this is the first of a number of 'good news' stories out of Auckland, as the NRL's silly season heats up.

Saints vs Sharks at Oki Jubilee Stadium

THE NRL have confirmed that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the Sharks on Sunday, the 25th of July at Oki Jubilee Stadium. Kick-off has been scheduled for 3:00pm as it's the Channel Nine game.

Johns yet to decide on future

ANDREW Johns is yet to make a decision on a possible switch to rugby union after another dramatic day in the battle for his signature.

John Skandalis re-signs

WESTS Tigers are pleased to announce that John Skandalis has resigned with the club for a further 2 years.

Panthers lose Gower again

PENRITH will be without skipper Craig Gower for Saturday?s clash with Parramatta after the halfback suffered a new injury that could keep him out of action until close to the end of the regular season.

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