George Piggins right?

A wise man once said how an NRL team a few years ago was over the cap. That wise man isn?t former South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO George Piggins but in fact the writer of this article, me, MrCharisma! About the same time Piggins also said something very similar but unlike me, nobody cared.

Skando

MY favourite player in Rugby League is John Skandalis. He?s possibly the most under-rated forward in the game today. He does a ton of work in each game, he does it with no arguments, has a great offload, and best of all, he?s a Campbelltown man. His first grade debut was in 1996, for the Western Suburbs Magpies (poor guy). He ended up scoring a try in that match. Thus was born the legend of Skando. Well, he?s a legend to us Wests Tigers supporters anyway.

The 2005 Tri-Nations

THREE-QUARTERS of the way through the Super League season and the British fans and press are beginning to turn their attention to the forthcoming tri-nations series. The question many of us are asking is: given the massacre in last season?s final, is there any realistic hope for a Great Britain victory? I think there is. Although if we turn out the same old players we will probably get thrashed in the same old way, if Brian Noble, the GB coach, is willing to give a chance to the younger talent which has emerged over the last couple of years then the Kangaroos could be on the receiving end for a change. However, for reasons that will emerge at the end of this article, I am not too hopeful.

Jealousy

DON?T you just hate NRL players? Oh, I?m sure on one level you love them- you wouldn?t be reading this if you weren?t a fan, after all. But on another, deeper level, you despise them. Go on, admit it.

2005 New Zealand 16's Squad Announced

THE NZRL and selectors have great pleasure in announcing the following New Zealand 16?s squad to tour Sydney and Brisbane, Australia at the end of September, beginning of October to play 3 matches.

Premier League - round 20 - Knights V Eels

PARRAMATTA put an end to their two game losing streak with a 44-6 demolition of the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night. After other results went their way, the Eels now sit atop the Premier League ladder after 20 rounds.

The Trevor Ryan - Neil Pringle Shield is up for grabs this Saturday

THE Newtown and Balmain Rugby League clubs, two of Australia?s 1908 foundation clubs, compete on an annual basis for the Trevor Ryan ? Neil Pringle Shield, honouring two iconic champions who played with distinction for both clubs in the 1970?s and early 1980?s.

Bears Put In Big Effort In Loss To Talented Roosters

THE Bears effort was unquestionable, but the Roosters dominance in possession put the North Sydney side on the back foot as some positional re-shuffling weakened the Bears attack. In the first half with patches of rock solid defence from the Norths forwards, Bears half Aaron Heremaia showed a glimmer of his team's current form, unfortunately with no result. In the end the Roosters dominated the first period going to a 24-2 lead at half time. In the second the Bears Billy Ngawini was able to spark a resurgence with a try, after the Norths forwards headed by Michael Harper, Alex Chan and Tevita Metuisela bounced back to form and managed to lay a platform to work from, but the Roosters hit back with a length of the field intercept try. Lester Salanoa finished the Bears scoring off with final score 36-14 to the Roosters

New WRL board elected

VALLEY Cougars' coach, Mark Rowley has been elected as the new chairman of Wales Rugby League. He replaces Danny Sheehy who in-turn replaces Phil Melling as the new vice-chairman.

Pearson wants independent medical opinion

NEW Zealand Rugby League chairman Selwyn Pearson wants an independent medical officer to rule whether Kiwi players are unavailable for the end-of-season Tri Nations series.

Redcliffe Dolphins News

AN untimely forfeit by Runaway Bay last weekend saw the Colts miss out on some much needed game time. Although strength and conditioner Tony Guilfoyle gave the side a torrid workout on Sunday morning nothing can compensate for the real thing particularly when the remaining rounds see the Dolphins up against improvers Hill District and competition heavyweights Wests & Norths, although on the positive side of things it gave the side a good opportunity to freshen up their legs for the run into the finals.

Round 21 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 29th July 2005

Badge of honour

LONGTIME members would remember the quaint membership badges that once hung ever so proudly from their key rings, writes avid collector Nick Pezikian.

El Masri facing up to two months on the sideline

THE Bulldogs number one injury curse has struck again with points-scoring machine Hazem El Masri facing up to two months on the sidelines.

Calling all Brisbane based Raiders fans

THIS Saturday night the mighty green machine come to Brisbane to take on the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. The organisers have been good enough to allocate Raiders fans our own section, Section 317, and we are calling on all of you to come and join us.

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