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
THE Brisbane Broncos have received a massive boost ahead of this Saturday?s round 10 blockbuster against North Queensland with defensive weapon Tonie Carroll set to return from injury.
IN form representative props Brent Kite and Jason King have been named in the Sea Eagles side to play the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium at 5.3o p.m. on Saturday.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's round 10 NRL Telstra Premiership clash. The Storm (4-4) takes on the second from bottom South Sydney Rabbitohs (2-6) at Aussie Stadium on Saturday night at 7:30pm AEST.
NECASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his side to take on the Wests Tigers in Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
ROUND 9 of the NRL saw a couple of upsets take place and as a result we've got a fresh faced 17 raring to take on any comers. The past few weeks have yielded sides that faced scrutiny from some quarters, but there is no arguing that the Round 9 League Unlimited Team of the Week would do a number on anyone in the comp. Just look at the backline which oozes points and the forwards who could run over the top of any opposing pack!!!
LIAM Fulton today signed with Wests Tigers for an additional 2 years. After a strong start to the Season Fulton has proven to be a consistent member of the 2005 Team.
CANBERRA Raiders coach Matt Elliott has named backrower Michael Hodgson in an extended squad as the club prepares for Sunday?s top-of-the-table clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium.
STACEY Jones, Sione Faumuina and Tevita Latu are all back but Clinton Toopi is out for the Vodafone Warriors? NRL clash against the Roosters at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.
Halfback Jones was a late defection from last Saturday night?s encounter against Cronulla with a hamstring strain but has been cleared to play this weekend.
Faumuina, sidelined since injuring a knee against Newcastle on April 17, makes his return partnering Jones in the halves and specialist hooker Latu comes onto the interchange bench after completing a three-match ban for a high tackle in last month?s loss to Wests Tigers.
While those three have been welcomed back, 132-game veteran Awen Guttenbeil and his second-row partner Karl Temata ? both starters against Cronulla ? will be on the bench on Sunday with Kiwi centre Clinton Toopi left out of the squad completely.
As a result head coach Tony Kemp and his selectors have made some positional switches, Jerome Ropati underlining his utility value with a shift to the centres, Lance Hohaia going to hooker, Louis Anderson into his more familiar spot in the second row and in-form Richard Villasanti joining him there.
?We?ve been proactive with these changes,? said Kemp.
?We?ve been doing a lot of things well, especially with our defence where we?ve found some consistency. But we?ve made these changes because we still want to lift the bar with our attack and the shape of the side in key positions.?
Kemp said Toopi?s absence sent a message to the 104-game centre and to others in the squad.
?The depth in our squad has been a real strength this year,? he said.
?Whenever we have pulled someone in through injury, suspension or form, they have done the job for us. We want to see that continuing.
?In Clinton?s case, we have told him he has to get over his consistent lack of composure. He has been spoken to about it a number of times. We?ve put a line down in the stand but he keeps stepping over it. He can?t go around letting his team-mates down.?
Meli, who has 53 tries in 97 NRL appearances, was treading a fine line as well.
?Francis is in on reputation at the moment but he has to start delivering on it.?
Kemp said he and the coaching staff were still striving to find the right balance in the halves and at hooker. Hohaia and Ropati were tried at standoff initially and new buy Nathan Fien appealed as an outstanding option until the eye injury he received against Penrith sidelined him.