THREE years ago, Canterbury Bulldogs were caught breaching the NRL salary cap by A$400,000 for the 2002 season, and by A$600,000 for the 2001 season. The Bulldogs? punishment was harsh ? the loss of 37 competition points, and a fine of A$500,000.
I have entertained many possibilities over the past few seasons of rugby league. What should I wear to the footy? How should I do my hair? Coke or light beer? Beyond this, there is another question I ask myself that is perhaps even more stunning, outrageous and radically enough, also relates to rugby league. Does Sonny Bill Williams wear illegal shoulderpads?
A mixed bag for the Dolphins last weekend against the Souths/Logan Magpies winning 2 of the 3 games played.
CAN the most famous hoodoo in the Queensland Cup be broken? That has been the major discussion piece leading into Saturday?s Herald Cup clash at Dolphin Oval.
BOTH Sydney Airport Jets teams are coming off good wins from last weekend. Newtown is at home to the Sydney Bulls in the Jim Beam Cup competition on Saturday afternoon, while the Jets VB Premier League team plays away at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night. There are two junior representative curtain-raisers on before the Jim Beam Cup game and full catering services will be available. Game and team details are listed below.
THE Stars of The Bears Harold Matthews team shone brightly on North Sydney Oval on Sunday, as the Club held its first home matches of the year, with all four grades on show as well as the Honey Bears cheer girls (pictured).
WALES will have to overcome the holders and the hosts if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the Student Rugby League World Cup in July writes Ian Golden.
SCOTLAND RUGBY LEAGUE are holding trials for the SCOTLAND A team that competes against the England Lionhearts, Wales A and Ireland A this summer in the Four Nations Championships under new coach former Scotland captain and Bradford Bulls full-back Nathan Graham.
SOUTHS LOGAN v NORTH QLD, Davies Park, 3pm Saturday, April 9
HUDDERSFIELD coach Jon Sharp is in hot water after using video footage to highlight apparent refereeing blunders during his post match press conference on the weekend. After his team?s 26-22 Challenge Cup loss to St Helens on Sunday, Sharp criticized referee Ronnie Laughton?s performance, aided by match footage played on his computer.
YES, you'd be forgiven for thinking we're in a parallel universe of some kind, or in the case of Mr Squiggle, living on the moon. It would appear to some that Miss Jane has yet to turn the picture upside down, or has she already? If you're Canberra and Manly you'd be pretty happy that her work is done. Not so in the case of Newcastle and St George Illawarra though, who right now embody the spirit of Bill Steamshovel and Gus the Snail.
PANTHERS 36 v STORM 16
FORMER boxing champion Anthony Mundine has plans to resurrect his football career by returning to rugby league this year.
THE Sydney Morning Herald has reported this morning that rugby league's hottest property, Sonny Bill Williams, has resigned with the Bulldogs for two years at an estimated $800,000. But just as quickly as it was reported, his manager Gavin Orr entered the situation by stating that they were meeting the Canterbury officials late today in order to finalise the deal.
THE NRL partnership committe today handed down a crushing blow to the bidders for a sixteenth NRL club. The Central Coast Bears, Wellington Orcas and Gold Coast Dolphins were all vying for a place in the world's toughest and most competative rugby league competition, the NRL for the 2006 season.