IT was big highs and lows for the Flegg boys this week as they took on the Penrith Panthers. A great performance in the first began with captain Brad McLean barging over to score. The Bears gathered momentum by putting the pressure on and forcing many penalties in their favour. Great hits by Pio Rokomaqisa and Arnold Mano allowed Danny Chiha and Tim Woodbine to combine to get the ball out to Ryan Wilson to score in the corner. The half time score 10-4 to the Bears.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop forward Mick Slicker has retired from Rugby League due to chronic and persistent knee problems. The 26 year old Irish international has played only 8 games this year for the Giants and has reluctantly had to accept specialists verdicts that for his long term health and mobility it was time to hang the boots up.
NATIONAL League One (NL1) club Whitehaven are cautiously considering a proposed buy out by a local businessman. The Cumbrian side, which currently operates on a shareholder system, has fielded an offer from business park developer Tony Ansell. His plan is to buy a majority share in the club, and then raise 3-4 million pounds from investors in order to bring Whitehaven?s home Recreation Field up to Superleague standards.
THE June 30 deadline for approaching players coming off contract next year is set to expire in a week which means round 16 is the last footy on offer before Rugby League?s homeless are rounded up and paraded about the landscape like a prized bull in the main arena at the Easter Show.
NEWCASTLE'S Kiwi contingent are facing the axe as the winless National Rugby League cellar dwellers look ahead to 2006.
THIS Saturday (25th June) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on whatever you would like to talk about in Rugby League.
FOUNDATION captain Dean Bell is excited about the Vodafone Warriors? plans to recreate the club?s historic 1995 debut for their clash with original rivals Brisbane at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.
In marking the club?s introduction to the Winfield Cup on March 10, 1995, the Vodafone Warriors have produced a special replica strip for the 2005 NRL team to wear for the 10th anniversary event.
THE Panthers have received a mid-season boost with news that Sanyo Oceania has decided to remain the club?s major sponsor for another two years.
BRONCO back Brent Tate will miss this Sunday's round-16 match against the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland due to injury.
THE Brisbane Broncos have today agreed to terms with three members of their NRL squad, leaving just two current first graders unsigned.
IT?S 11am, Friday 17th June. Powerhouse Roosters rookie Mickey Paea is resting at home, preparing to head to Premier League training in the afternoon. Whilst happy to further his skills in the club?s gun lower grade side, Paea wonders whether his chance to crack it in the big time will ever arrive. Suddenly, a phone call from Ricky Stuart changes everything?
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ROOSTER, Luke Ricketson, believes rugby league is being targeted unfairly in the debate over problem gambling, despite another high profile player going public over his troubles with the punt.
ST George Illawarra backrow forward Corey Payne has today agreed to terms for another two years with the Dragons.
TODAY the NQ Toyota Cowboys announced that winger Brenton Bowen had extended his agreement with the club until the end of season 2007.