SINCE ?he? arrived at Bondi in 1996, the Roosters have qualified for every finals series since, they?ve won their first grand final since 1975 and established a reputation as one of rugby league?s ?benchmarks?. But now at 33, he?s decided to hang up the boots and enjoy life after football. ?He? is of course the champion five eighth and captain Brad Fittler. ?Freddy? is the common denominator in most of the Sydney Roosters impressive seasons over the past decade. 2005 represents a new chapter in the Roosters history, ?The post Fittler era?.
ONLY a trial? Maybe. Very disappointing? Definitely.
YORKSHIRE Irish defeated counterparts Lancashire Irish in the inaugural Clash of the Irish Roses 24-10 at Oldham St. Anne's RLFC.
BACK from two years on the sidelines, Cory Bond has rediscovered his passion for league and looks set to feature as a spearhead for the Tweed Heads Seagulls.
NATIONAL Rugby League CEO David Gallop urged rugby league fans to "keep the faith" despite the latest player behaviour scandal which has rocked the game.
BRAD Thorn will make his first appearance in Broncos colours since the 2000 Grand Final when he takes the field for the trial clash with Canberra at Toowoomba this Saturday. Thorn, who spent four seasons with the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super 12 rugby union competition, has recovered from a hamstring strain suffered three weeks ago.
FORMER Australian Test forward Jason Smith will debut for Canberra in Saturday night's NRL trial against Brisbane in Toowoomba.
WIDNES boss Frank Endacott praised the courage of his players after their home win over Bradford Bulls.
WARRINGTON are without full-back Daryl Cardiss and new signing Chris Bridge.
The hosts have drafted in forwards Warren Stevens and Paul Noone to offset the loss of Paul Wood, who suffered ankle ligament damage at London.
CASTLEFORD Lock Lane proved too classy for the Storm in their 2nd Round Challenge Cup match on Saturday in Castleford. In just the second game of the season for the South London-ers, they acquitted themselves well against a side that demonstrated its class in bursts.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants? coach, Jon Sharp, blamed a disappointing first half performance for his side?s 36-28 home defeat at the hands of Hull in the Engage Super League at the Galpharm Stadium.
LEIGH coach Darren Abram felt his side had missed a golden opportunity to register their first Engage Super League victory after a 26-22 defeat at Warrington Wolves.
A Newcastle Knights rugby league player broke into a university dorm and put his hands down a woman's pants during an alcohol-fuelled rampage with other Knights players, it was reported on Sunday.
THE Parramatta Eels were in devastating form as they cleaned up the Roosters 34-16 on a wet and windy night in the Central West town of Parkes.
CRONULLA prop Jason Stevens will miss the opening to the NRL premiership after damaging medial ligaments in his knee.