SOUTH London Storm traveled the 6 and a half hours to Sunderland to return the cross conference fixture won in May by 72 ? 6. This time the travel was supposed to affect the Storm as it had Sunderland however, Storm ran out winners by a larger margin this time by 76 - 4.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants Prop Paul Jackson has signed a new two-year deal to tie him to the Galpharm Stadium until the end of 2007. The prop was recruited from Castleford at the end of last season and coach Jon Sharp is delighted to keep the 26 year old. "Jacko has been a great addition to our group" commented Sharp. "We challenged him on arriving to earn a new contract through his performances and he has certainly done that. His form of late has been excellent and he is benefiting from the work that he is putting in on the training field and has emerged as a real stand out player for us to date."
Results: Ipswich 30 d Easts 24, Toowoomba 48 d Central 16, North Queensland 14 d Burleigh 10, Redcliffe 42 d Souths Logan 10, Norths 25 d Tweed Heads 22. Wynnum bye.
LEEDS Rhinos have signed Australian winger Scott Donald, 25, from the NRL?s Manly Sea Eagles on a three-year contract, starting from the 2006 engage Super League season.
TEENAGER Simon Mannering is set to make his belated debut but top try-scorer Todd Byrne is out of the Vodafone Warriors side for their historic NRL clash against Brisbane at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.
Mannering, the 18-year-old Napier-born Nelson product, was a late withdrawal after originally being picked for his first outing in the fourth-round encounter with South Sydney in early April.
But on Sunday he?s poised to become the side?s first NRL debutant this year ? and the 125th first-grade player in the club?s history ? after being named today on the interchange bench.
Back in the side are veteran prop Ruben Wiki and long-serving Monty Betham who both missed last Saturday night?s loss to Parramatta with minor knee injuries.
While they return it has been confirmed second rower Louis Anderson will be out for 8-10 weeks with a knee injury while head coach Tony Kemp also revealed left winger Byrne is out of Sunday?s anniversary celebration match.
?Todd has picked up a neck injury that needs recovery time,? he said.
Byrne ranks second-equal on the NRL?s try-scoring chart with 12 in his 14 appearances for his new club. Replacing him is giant winger Manu Vatuvei who missed the last two matches against Melbourne and Parramatta.
Kemp was delighted Mannering could at last make his first appearance.
?He was all set to play against the Rabbitohs several weeks ago,? he said.
?He?s well over his foot injury and has been playing really well for Wellington in the Bartercard Cup.?
Standing 1.90m and weighing 94kg, Mannering is equally adept playing in the centres or in the back row.
With Betham and Wiki returning as predicted, back-up hooker Tevita Latu and interchange forward Epalahame Lauaki drop off the bench while 137-game veteran Awen Guttenbeil moves into the starting line-up to replace the injured Anderson.
?Awen put in a Herculean effort against Parramatta last Saturday night, playing 74 minutes and topping our tackle count with 37. He demanded a place in the starting side,? said Kemp.
Team doctor Chris Hanna said a scan had confirmed the original assessment of Anderson?s injuries. A dislocated knee cap and a medial ligament strain will keep him out for up to 10 weeks but Anderson won?t require surgery. He?s scheduled to return for the Vodafone Warriors? last match of the regular season against Manly in round 25.
Kemp said he and the players were excited about the significance of Sunday?s match against Brisbane, the Vodafone Warriors? 255th match since entering the Winfield Cup 10 years ago.
The Vodafone Warriors will wear a 1995 replica playing strip on a day when many aspects of the club?s original match against the Broncos on March 10, 1995, will be revived. The players will emerge from the tunnel at the north-eastern corner of the stadium, walking through two rows of flames and a Maori welcoming party. As well as that the Polynesian drummers will be reappearing.
?It?s a huge day for the club and everyone?s looking forward to it,? said Kemp.
?And it?ll be great to see some of the original players at the ground.?
The Broncos go into the match leading the competition after 10 straight wins while the Vodafone Warriors remain just outside the top eight. In the last nine encounters between the two teams, they have beaten Brisbane six times including a 24-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium in March.
Sean Hampstead has been appointed to referee Sunday?s match.
A great weekend of footy has produced a flamboyant, energetic and creative Round 15 League Unlimited Team of the Week. We've got some unexpected choices but all deserving, with a backline that exudes strength, speed and skill, a great halves pairing and some rough and tumble forwards who are arguably the pick of the comp right now. This team is loaded with poise, power and points (78 in total!) and it's anyone's guess as to who could match them on the field after some devastating displays at the weekend.
NEWCASTLE will know later this week if former Test centre Matthew Gidley requires season-ending groin surgery. Gidley's younger brother Kurt has aggravated his quad strain at training and is expected to miss another few weeks.
COACH Nathan Brown has chosen a similar squad of 19 players to last week for the Dragons Round 16 clash with the Tigers at Oki Jubilee Stadium this Sunday.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Dragons Game at OKI Jubilee Stadium, kick off at
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his side to play the Knights at Penrith Stadium on Saturday night.
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CANBERRA Raiders utility Matt Gafa has been given a pivotal role for Saturday night?s match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium, selected to start at five-eighth.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his Round 16 first grade side to travel down to Sydney to take on the Penrith Panthers. Andrew Johns returns from injury to lead the side.
FELLOW Dragons and League Supporters Round 14 at the Grosvenor Hotel last week saw over 20 people attend to watch the Dragons defeat the Rabbitohs. In another committed display by the Dragons, the team of 2005 once again proved that playing Rugby League for 80 minutes is the way to keep winning games.
THE new Gold Coast franchise has announced Penrith five-eighth Preston Campbell as the club's first signing for it's inaugural NRL campaign in 2007.
MELBOURNE Storm officials are hopeful halfback Matt Orford will agree to a new contract today. Orford is expected to either sign today or tell the Storm he will test his value on the open market next month.