BETTING has been suspended on the NRL in light of the Penrith Panthers fiasco involving Craig Gower allegedly seeking a release from his contract.Bets have been placed on the Panthers to win the wooden spoon and Melbourne to win the premiership as Gower would be odds on to move to Melbourne in Penrith granted Gower a release from his contract.Melbourne lost star halfback Matt Orford to Manly at the end of last season and are light on in the halves with Cooper Cronk the man most likely to replace Orford in the all important halfback role.Gower has been unhappy since being stripped of the captaincy and fined $30,000 in the wake of his much-publicised antics at Noosa in December at a charity golf event that also coincided with his buck?s night.Penrith stalwart Tony Puletua will be the Panthers captain in 2006 but has publicly stated he is happy to step aside and let Gower assume the role in the best interests of the club.Gower would attract massive money in the U.K with two clubs apparently very keen to secure his services, believed to be Castleford and Salford.Gower's manager Greg Willett has doused claims his client is seeking a release from his four-year contract, worth a staggering two million dollars.
IT has been reported in the press that former Brisbane Broncos winger Lote Tuqiri is looking to re-ignite his Rugby League career after the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.With his contract expiring at the conclusion of next years world cup, Tuqiri would still have three to four good years in front him should he return to the Broncos.Tuqiri has stated his first passion is Rugby League and the lure of helping the Broncos rebuild into a premiership force as well as State of Origin may be too much for the Waratahs center to handle.The Broncos have publicly stated they would be happy to have Tuqiri back but his asking price may be something they need to start preparing for now with Tuqiri on $500,000 a season if media reports are to be believed. That sort of money is only available to a select few in League and one of those select few resides as the Broncos in Darren Lockyer.It would be great to see Tuqiri return to League but I don?t think the move would receive they hype his departure did because the game has the ability to spawn superstars at the drop of a hat and Tuqiri?s departure left a sour taste in the mouth of many fans after he failed to commit to League after being selected for the Kangaroos one-off test against Great Britain only to days later pledge his allegiance to Rugby.
THE North Sydney Old Boys sevens team returned to Coffs Harbour once again this February to help raise money for the Men of League organisation.The ?Fund raising? began on Australia Day in front of 5000 spectators at the Coffs Coast International Stadium as the likes of Danny Brady, Mick Buettner, Greg Florimo, Andrew King, Peter Phillips, Wayne Portlock, Nigel Roy, Josh Stuart and Craig Wilson took the field against a St George Old Boys team.There was more fund raising on Friday night as the boys attended the Men of League Official Tournament Dinner Featuring 40 League Legends as well as visiting international teams and hosted by Graham Hughes. On the night local Daniel Walsh won the chance to play with the North Sydney Old Boys on the following day.Saturday saw their return to the paddock in a demonstration match against the ?Barbarians? team. New boys Brady, Walsh and Steve Little joined members of the St George Old Boys team as well as the Bears, to put on a show for 8000 spectators at the Coramba Sportsground. Opposition players included Brad Fittler, Rod Wishart, Robbie O'Davis and Paul McGregor.The Bears Legends are keen to return to Coffs Harbour again next year when even more ?Old Boys? teams are set to join them.PHOTO: The Old Boys sevens teams who competed in demotion matches at the 2006 Orara Valley Sevens. Photo by: Steve Little.The primary objective of the Men of League is to support former players, officials and referees who have fallen on hard times. The Men of League are there to help with medical operations, rehabilitation equipment, nursing home equipment, grants, counselling, social contact through visits, cards, and telephone calls and promoting and supporting fund raising events for Rugby League people in need of help.To visit the official Men of League website go to http://www.menofleague.com.For more information on the Orara Valley Sevens go to the Coffs Harbour local government website athttp://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/www/html/1216-orara-valley-axemen-big-week-of-league.asp.For the official Orara Valley Axemen website go tohttp://www.oraravalleyaxemen.com.See more photos from the 2006 Orara Valley Sevens go to the Photos section of the Bears website http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Photos/Special%20Events/2006oraravalleysevens/20050126%20-%202006%20Orara%20Valley%20Sevens.htmAnd for the PJR Sports site go to http://www.pjrobinson.com.au/sevens.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
THE 2004 NFL draft has come and gone, with number one overall pick Eli Manning making national headlines as the New York Giants saviour, the man to lift the franchise out of their slump. Management, the fans and the coaches will trust much of the franchises success to this man, who, at 23, has walked out of college and into national fame. The frenzy the NFL draft has caused, as well as recent suggestions by many commentators, including former Australian coach Chris Anderson, sees me take a look at the idea of a possible NRL player draft.
WHAT is in a name? Nothing. Or everything, depending on whom you ask.
THE New South Wales Blues have defeated the Queensland Maroons 9-8 following a golden point field goal from Shaun Timmins at Telstra Stadium tonight.
IT comes as no surprise the NSWRU today announced on the eve of the first Origin match that they (NSWRU) are announcing their intentions to sign Andrew Johns to the Waratahs.
THE Panthers have defeated a spirited Parramatta outfit 26-16 after another great second half performance that now seems to be a trademark of their games.
A convincing win tonight in Melbourne for the home side has them hold the Michael Moore trophy for the rest of the year as they trounced the Vodafone Warriors by 42-6 in front of a very vocal home crowd boosted by the lack of AFL matches this weekend in the city.
BULLDOGS captain Steve Price could make a dramatic switch to the New Zealand Warriors next year after rumours that the struggling club are set to offer him a major financial deal for the 2005 season.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have put in a professional performance to outclass the North Queensland Cowboys 32-18 in Townsville tonight.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs has announced today that halfback Willie Peters has been released from his contract for the remainder of the season and will join English Club Widnes.
MAY 29 will see the commencement of the new look Rugby League Ireland Conference.
1895 International has unveiled a series of pre-match packages for supporters at its base at The George Hotel prior to each of Huddersfield Giants? home Super League games.
ST George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier has been fined $50,000 by the Dragons Board at a meeting yesterday as a disciplinary measure for bringing the Club and the game of rugby league into disrepute last week.