GRAND FINAL 2005 NOTEBOOK:
Wednesday 28th September 2005
RUGBY League players will be subject to more rigorous testing than ever under new plans by the game?s governing body and UK Sport.
BLOCKBUSTING St Helens centre Jamie Lyon has not given up hope of reclaiming a place in Australia's Test side for the Tri-Nations Series.
WIGAN'S Terry Newton will spend even more time on the sidelines after losing his appeal against a 10-match ban.
BRADFORD Bulls have received a major boost ahead of Saturday?s engage Super League Elimination Semi Final with the news that New Zealand centre Shontayne Hape has signed a new contract with the club and will remain at Odsal until the end of the 2008 season.
THE motive to not let Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens find a reason to drop him to Premier League has been the driving force behind the resurgence of Chris Heighington.
KIWI prop Paul Rauhihi has vowed to dominate opposing hardman John Skandalis in an effort to demoralise the Wests Tigers' young players in Sunday's National Rugby League grand final.
WATCH out for revenge-seeking Cowboys is the message coach Tim Sheens is telling his Wests Tigers players ahead of the NRL grand final.
THE jury has returned and the verdict has been handed down: the Roosters were the most undisciplined team in the competition this year, closely followed by the Raiders, Dragons, Sea Eagles and Sharks.
THE waiting game can be the hardest game of all in rugby league.
SUNDAY, 2nd October 2005 at Telstra Stadium
OUTSTANDING Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah has praised former Test rake Royce Simmons on making him the player he is today.
THE Welsh Rugby League have appointed former Wigan and Wales hooker Martin Hall, 36, as their new coach.
THE New Zealand 16?s, who are currently touring Australia, played their first tour match yesterday (Wednesday 28 September 2005) at Cabramatta Stadium, Parramatta.