THE screening of franchise license applications for Bartercard Cup was completed Friday 30 September with all NZRL Directors endorsing the recommendations of the review panel headed by Vice Chairman Sel Bennett.
IT was standing room only in the Wests Tigers dressing room at Telstra Stadium last night, across the corridor Paul Rauhihi quietly contemplated the end of his Australian rugby league career.
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RESULTS of fixtures Sunday 2nd October
THE NZRL has named a squad of 40 players for this year's Tri-Nations competition against Australia and Great Britain.
JOE Grima (Malta) has named Malta?s starting team for this Saturday night?s International rugby league friendly at Fairfax Community Stadium (formerly Gabbie Stadium) at Seven Hills in Sydney?s west.
IT?S an early call but the 2004 Queensland Cup looks like a ?nine horse race?.
After six rounds it has become apparent Brothers Valleys, Ipswich and Souths Logan are going to do it tough to make the final five.
Ipswich and Brothers Valleys anchor the competition with one point each from their first round draw at Bendigo Bank Oval.
Brothers Valleys have been hard hit with injuries and their immediate goal is to remain competitive.
This Sunday the Blues host the Central Comets at O?Callaghan Park with the Comets one of five clubs sharing fifth spot with six points from a possible 12.
The other clubs on six are Norths, North Queensland, Easts and Tweed Heads.
Ipswich host Tweed on Saturday night and on paper look too good a side to write off just yet.
But the Jets were thrashed 58-6 by North Queensland last weekend and it will be hard to bounce back.
The Young Guns had a glut of possession at Dairy Farmers Stadium, but Ipswich did not look physically capable of mixing it with their opponents.
Souths Logan play Burleigh at Davies Park on Saturday at 3pm. The Magpies have done a lot of work at Davies Park, on and off the field and they hope to put on a good show.
But Burleigh, placed clear fourth on the ladder, will start hot favourites.
Undefeated competition leaders, Redcliffe travel to Toowoomba to play the Clydesdales on Saturday afternoon with Toowoomba?s only defeat coming in round one against Tweed. The Dolphins had to earn last week?s win over the Seagulls in the ABC Television clash and they will expect another tough hit out. The Clydesdales team may suffer a late reshuffle following Friday?s ANZAC Test in Newcastle, with players possibly called up to the Broncos for their Sunday match at Suncorp Stadium against NRL Premiers Penrith.
The Toowoomba ? Redcliffe game shapes as the match of the round and has created a lot of interest on the Darling Downs and in the Lockyer Valley.
The ABC Television match, to be replayed on Fox Sports, is between Easts Tigers and North Queensland at Langlands Park on Saturday with both teams on six points.
But Easts have lost their last two matches while the Young Guns have won their last two by 50 points.
Norths are the hosts for the other match of round seven ? against third placed Wynnum on Sunday at Devils home ground, Bishop Park.
There is no Queensland Cup action next weekend with the QRL?s under 19 and under 17 divisional carnival being staged at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast.
A Queensland State of Origin Preliminary squad will be named on Tuesday and the players will have an overnight camp on May 2 in Brisbane to commence preparations for this year?s Harvey Norman series.
KIWI captain Ruben Wiki is out of tomorrow night's Anzac league test against Australia after the National Rugby League (NRL) judiciary suspended him last night for five matches.
THE Taranaki Rugby League Development Grade Competition has started with four premier clubs being part of the draw. Waitara, Ngati Ruanui, Western Suburbs and Coastal Rugby League Clubs are participating in this competition that will run through the season to coincide with the Lile Shield Finals Series at the end of July.
THE Rugby Football League has said the investigation into allegations of a betting scandal involving two St Helens players will take as long as necessary.
Sean Long and Martin Gleeson are alleged to have won almost ?1,000 each after betting against their team.
WIGAN chairman Maurice Lindsay is confident Union Treiziste Catalane will be playing Super League rugby in 2006.
The French side were told on Tuesday they must wait until 26 May to find out if their application was successful.
MELBOURNE Storm forward David Kidwell is preparing himself for what could be one of the most memorable weeks of his footballing career.
THE Bulldogs and Melbourne will each have $2,000 less in their bank accounts after both were fined following matches last weekend.
LESS than a week after being controversially left out of the New Zealand test side, Warriors halfback Stacey Jones has re-affirmed his commitment to the game, and to the club.
ON Sunday 25 April at Aussie Stadium, General Peter Cosgrove, AC MC, Chief of the Defence Force will present the inaugural ANZAC Day trophy sponsored by the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust and Aussie Home Loans to the winning team of the 2004 ANZAC Day NRL match.