PENRITH halfback Craig Gower has been sacked as captain after the NRL club found him guilty of misconduct following a series of alcohol-fuelled incidents on the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago.The 27-year-old has also received a $100,000 fine - $70,000 of which was suspended. The rest of the money will go into an NRL program covering responsible use of alcohol by rugby league players.Gower appeared before the Panthers board tonight after it was revealed he had groped the 18-year-old daughter of rugby league legend Wayne Pearce at a function during the Jack Newton Celebrity Golf Classic.Gower has apologised for his behaviour at the event.
STRUGGLING NRL club the Newcastle Knights have announced a major new sponsorship deal worth around $4 million over five years. Advertising guru John Singleton and merchant bank Carnegie Wylie have combined with local brewery Bluetongue to become the Knights' major sponsor until 2010. Knights CEO Ken Conway says the deal will draw a line under the financial woes that have historically dogged the club.Singleton expects the deal will create 50 jobs for the local community with the installation of beer tap lines at the club. It is the second major financial coup for the Newcastle club in recent weeks, with the announcement a month ago of a $1 million-a-year commercial partnership with local leagues club Wests.
LEEDS Rhinos have received a massive boost ahead of the start of the new engage Super League season with the announcement that season ticket sales have gone through the 10,000 barrier and are in excess of last year's figures.The capacity at Headingley this season is restricted to 16,600 due to construction work on the new Carnegie Stand and with last season's average set at 17,011, fans have been quick to snap up their season tickets.The Early Bird offer deadline for purchasing season tickets was on 31st December and at the close of business the Rhinos had sold over 10,000 by the end of the year, more than this time last year when Leeds were heading towards the Carnegie World Club Challenge having won their first Championship in 32 years.Commenting on the rise Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, ''This is a fantastic achievement for the club and we owe a big thank you to our supporters for backing the team for 2006. With our capacity restricted for the start of next season, fans have been keen to make sure they are here to show their support for Tony and the team and that is shown in these figures. Fans still have until the opening game of the season against Huddersfield on 12th February to purchase their season tickets if they have not already done so and get admission to two games free of charge. However, there are only 14,500 season tickets available for sale so they should purchase them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."
BARNSTORMING Warriors flanker Francis Meli (who looks a bit more like a forward) has received a one-week suspension for lashing out at Ashley Harrison during his club's bottom of the ladder clash with South Sydney on the weekend.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his side to take on the Melbourne Storm side at home on Saturday night, including players backing up from the 1st State of Origin game on Wednesday night.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons travel to Suncorp Stadium this Friday night to take on the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Supporters Club of Queensland will be there.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has pinned his hopes on an injury free Origin in naming his team to take on the Bulldogs on Sunday at Penrith Stadium.
Both teams have players backing up so Coach Lang will have his fingers crossed.
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PREMIERSHIP-WINNING coach Warren Ryan was today appointed as the Coaching Director of the Central Coast Bears franchise as the John Singleton backed consortium steps up it's bid for inclusion to the 2006 NRL Season.
PARRAMATTA will stand by coach Brian Smith despite his success record having dropped alarmingly to 44 per cent since his $1.5 million contract extension three years ago.
RUSSIA has ended its short tour to New Zealand, with a crushing 40-12 victory over Otago in Dunedin today. Russia lead 14-6 at halftime. The win sees the Bears leave New Zealand with two victories and 2 loses in which is a pleasing result for the nation, and now will take this confidence into next month Victory Cup.
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LEICHHARDT Oval has been the Tigers home since 1934. There?s no better place to watch footy. But Leichhardt Oval is in urgent need of repair.
FOR such a low scoring game, the huge crowd of 26,246 at Aussie Stadium certainly had their money's worth as the Roosters narrowly defeated the Dragons by 11-8 in the traditional ANZAC Day clash between the two sides.
WESTS Tigers have come from behind to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles 30-22 at Leichhardt Oval today.
MELBOURNE Storm?s National Rugby League campaign continued to gain momentum at Olympic Park tonight following a tough 28-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys.