FORMER Maroon halfback Allan Langer says Brad Thorn is ripe for a Queensland State of Origin jersey just nine games into his rugby league comeback.
THE inaugural Wildcat 9's took place on Saturday, May 7th at the grounds of Kilkenny RFC, six squads attended this first time event and the games were played off on a round robin basis with the top two teams on the day playing for the tournament title. The teams involved hailed from Wales, England and the domestic teams included Waterford, Kilkenny, Dublin Exiles and the Treaty City Titans, who were the eventual winners of the 9's for 2005.
BRADFORD Bulls have today announced the capture of Centre Ben Harris from the NRL Club, Canterbury Bulldogs.
A well-drilled South London Storm side produced a devastating first half to defeat the Ipswich Rhinos 82-6 in the first match of the Rugby League Conference Premier South. Against an Ipswich side which never gave up, South London delivered some powerful running and exciting backline play to close the game out at halftime with a 48-0 lead before going on with the job in the second half in a 14-try display.
FROM Official St Helens club website:
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights game at Energy Australia Stadium, Sunday 15 May kick off at 2.30pm.
PENRITH Panthers coach Johnny Lang will be a happier man this week with the news that his star playmaker, Preston Campbell has returned from injury along with Joe Galuvao and Luke Lewis.
Lang has the enviable task of having an almost full strength squad to call on as he names his starting line up for Friday nights blockbuster against an in form Dragons outfit at Win Stadium.
Coach Langs team is;
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs announced today Ben Harris will be leaving the Club this week due to family reasons.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has again named a rookie to make his first grade debut for the Club this Saturday in the Dogs Telstra Stadium clash against the Sea Eagles. Youngster Cameron Phelps will start alongside Jamaal Lolesi in the centres.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has stuck with his team for this weekends Queensland derby when the Cowboys take on the high flying Brisbane Broncos at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
With what promises to be the game of the round, the Cowboys have to put last weekends dissapointment against the Eels behind them and concentrate on their natural, flamboyant game.
Its going to be a ripper !
THE National Rugby League has stepped in as an attempt to remove the dangerous and controversial grapple tackle through a set of guidelines to help referees police the dangerous tactic.
THE Real Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its team to play the Melbourne Storm in Round 10 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Saturday, May 14, kicking off at 7:30pm at Aussie Stadium.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his team to take on the Canberra Raiders in Canberra on Sunday afternoon.The Sharks are currently travelling well and coach Raper could be excused for a feeling of confidence after last weekends last gasp win over the Warriors in Perth.
His team is;
1 DAVID PEACHEY
2 DAVID SIMMONS
3 NIGEL VAGANA
4 PAUL MELLOR
5 LUKE COVELL
6 ADAM DYKES
7 BRETT KIMMORLEY
8 JASON STEVENS
9 MATT HILDER
10 DANNY NUTLEY
11 REECE WILLIAMS
12 PHIL BAILEY
13 PAUL GALLEN
LAST week nearly went according to the script with the notable exceptions being Canberra and Parramatta. The Raiders overcame an 18-point deficit to run out winners against Penrith at home in an absolutely startling display of footy. Then the Eels finally found their feet (metaphorically speaking) and put 50 points on premiership material in the Cowboys. And with that went my perfect round, thanks guys.
THE North Sydney Bears have released the first edition of their official newsletter - The Grizzly.