FORMER NSW coach Phil Gould is worried the Blues will peak too early for their Origin clash with Queensland on Wednesday night.
NSW centre Mark Gasnier is quietly confident he will be right for Wednesday's State of Origin clash against Queensland despite a groin injury.
THE St George Illawarra Jersey Flegg side has made history and in the process sent an ominous warning to the rest of the competition with a resounding 102 - 8 win over the Central Coast Rip at Oki Jubilee Stadium today.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 52 defeat SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 22
NORTH QLD YOUNG GUNS 22 defeat EASTS TIGERS 16
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Broncos Game at Suncorp Stadium, kick off at 7.30pm.
THE Manly Sea Eagles today named a strong side to play Newcastle at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's round 15 NRL Telstra Premiership clash against the Penrith Panthers. The Storm (7-6) take on the Panthers (4-9) at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Saturday, June 18th at 7:30pm (AEST).
TWO of Canberra?s leading outside backs return to the Raiders starting team this weekend, but it?s on the bench that coach Matt Elliott is looking for a big impact.
PENRITH Panthers' coach John Lang has named his side to take on the Melbourne Storm this Saturday night at Olympic Park in Melbourne.
v Melbourne Storm
Olympic Park Sat 7:30pm
1 RHYS WESSER
2 LUKE LEWIS
3 DANNY GALEA
4 PAUL FRANZE
5 LUKE ROONEY
6 PRESTON CAMPBELL
7 CRAIG GOWER
8 JOEL CLINTON
9 LUKE PRIDDIS
10 BEN ROSS
11 SHANE RODNEY
12 FRANK PRITCHARD
13 TRENT WATERHOUSE
14 GARRET CROSSMAN
15 FRANK PULETUA
16 BEN ROGERS
17 LUKE SWAIN
18 DAVID MCLEAN
BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has named his team to take on the Tigers at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
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THE Real Rabbitohs are pleased to announce its team to play the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 15 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Sunday, June 19, kicking off at 2:30pm at the historical Sydney Cricket Ground.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs team to take on the Raiders at the Sydney Showground in Round 15 of the Telstra NRL Premiership is:
BARNSTORMING Vodafone Warriors prop Iafeta Paleaaesina has regained a starting spot for Saturday night?s NRL clash against Parramatta at Hamilton?s Waikato Stadium.
It means the 23-year-old has pushed former Kangaroo Richard Villasanti onto the interchange bench for his 100th milestone appearance.
That positional swap is the only change head coach Tony Kemp and his staff have made in retaining the 17 players used in Sunday night?s 24-16 victory over Melbourne.
Paleaaesina, who hasn?t started a match since the fifth-round encounter with Wests Tigers in Christchurch in early April, excelled against the Storm. As well as scoring the eighth try of his 72-match career, he topped the team?s hit-up count with 20 and made the most metres (167).
?It?s a selection based totally on merit,? said Kemp.
?Villa hasn?t done anything wrong for us but Feka has come up to another level again in the last two weeks. He demanded selection and on his form he deserves the chance against Parramatta.?
While Kemp was delighted with Paleaaesina?s display, he also reserved special mention for halfback Stacey Jones.
?He was back as captain and we were delighted with the way he took on all the extra responsibilities,? said Kemp.
?It was his best performance in the last two seasons. Now it?s up to Stacey to maintain it week in, week out. It?s what we need from him if we are to continue our bid for the top eight.?
Kemp had no hesitation in rating the Vodafone Warriors? victory as their best display of the year, even ahead of the round two win over the Broncos in Brisbane.
?It was outstanding all-round. The players showed great resolve, great character and great attitude,? he said.
Loose forward Sione Faumuina returns from a one-match suspension as the side?s 18th man while winger Manu Vatuvei was unable to make the squad.
?Manu?s still in contention and pushing for a spot but we just can?t find room for him this week,? said Kemp.
Villasanti?s introduction from the bench on Saturday night will make him the fifth player in the squad so far this season to bring up 100 first-grade appearances (after Clinton Toopi, Wairangi Koopu, Francis Meli and Nathan Fien). His first 13 games were for Balmain and then the merger club Wests Tigers in 1999-2000 but since then he has put together 86 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors.
The match is a scheduled ?home? game for Parramatta after agreeing to bring the match to Hamilton, giving the Waikato city its first official NRL competition match.
?But rather than an away game I look at this as a home one for us,? said Kemp.
Parramatta is second on the NRL ladder after five successive wins while Vodafone Warriors are 10th just on the edge of the top eight. They have now improved to be the 10th best side on attack while they rank fourth-best on defence.
WE seem to hear it every year. Clubs complaining about losing their star players come rep season.