STATE OF ORIGIN II
New South Wales Blues 32 v Queensland Maroons 22
THIS Saturday is a special day for the Melbourne Storm. Not only are the boys taking on the 2003 Premiers, the Penrith Panthers at Olympic Park. But two of the Storm?s star players are celebrating their 22nd birthdays, Queensland State-Of-Origin pair Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.
WEDNESDAY night will mark the second act of the Origin masterpiece played out within the sanitary confines of Homebush Bay where the NSW Blues trail the QLD Maroons by an intercept try in extra time.
LOOK at Parramatta this year and what becomes surprisingly evident is the real sense of loyalty and mateship emerging from a team that is quietly moving up the ladder. Turn the pages back eighteen months ago and that definitely wasn?t the case. Players were unhappy, unhappy enough to leave and quit the NRL. Big changes were needed at the Eels and thankfully big changes have taken place.
EASTS TIGERS v IPSWICH JETS
Langlands Park, Saturday 2pm, June 18.
EX Kiwi international and current North Sydney Bears Rugby League Coach Gary Freeman, has called on all Bears fans past and present to "Get off their collective backsides" and get down to North Sydney Oval on Sunday 19th June for the Bears first home match in four weeks. "Whiz" wants a big game from his boys as they tackle one of his former clubs, Penrith. Gary's two years (1994, 1995) with the Panthers included 21 tries as well as The Player of the Year award in 1994. Whiz also captained the Kiwi side in 1995.
WIGAN Warriors are pleased to report an average attendance of 14.080 in 2005 after nine engage Super League games at the JJB Stadium.
GREAT Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe will return for St Helens? engage Super League home game against London Broncos on Friday.
LEEDS Rhinos have revealed that England winger Mark Calderwood will leave the club at the end of the season after the club and player failed to agree a new contract.
SYDNEY Rooster and Kiwi Test prop Jason Cayless could be a Saints' player next season.
WARRINGTON have clinched the signature of North Queensland prop Paul Rauhihi on a two-year deal starting next season.
IT?S every Rugby League lover?s dream to meet his favourite player. But the opportunity to have a BBQ and a nice cold VB with him ? well, that?s something money just can?t buy.
A corked thigh will keep Luke Rooney out action for at least one week.
BRAITH Anasta's manager Greg Willett says the Origin five-eighth will reject any proposed deadline to re-sign with the Bulldogs when contract negotiations are reopened on Thursday.
NORTH Queensland Toyota Cowboys Captain Travis Norton will return to the playing field this Saturday in the Queensland Wizard Cup when he lines up for the Toyota Young Guns against Burleigh at Pizzey Park Brisbane.