IT is time to expose the rubbish. The pathetic. The gutter trash if you will.
LIFE has a way of turning around suddenly and giving you a big uppercut to the head. One can quietly sit on the lounge and avoid the punches or one can embrace a desire to push the envelope, leap off ledges (metaphorically speaking) and releasing the branch that holds one from flowing with the torrential River of Life.
THE Wollongong Bulls look to have quickly bounced back from their nightmare 2004 season when they scored an impressive 20 point win up at Helensburgh on Friday night. Wollongong looked stronger on paper than the Tigers and this was reflected on the scoreboard. The recruitment of veteran Shane Wilson has been a good pickup and he gives their backline direction. Brad Veigel is a good replacement for Trevor Longbottom and the return of Sean Wessels gives their pack a good look.
COWBOY Matt Sing is reconsidering his impending retirement from representative rugby league following last week's announcement that he was among Queensland's greatest 25 Origin players. The 30-year-old winger is due to tell the Australian Rugby League by sometime tomorrow whether he plans to continue his availability for rep teams.
FRIDAY 8th April 2005
GUN Raiders forward Ryan O'Hara will consult a specialist today to determine if his injured shoulder requires surgery. The big fella will be sidelined for up to a month after damaging shoulder ligaments in Canberra's drubbing of St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
STATE of Origin II gets under way at around 8pm tonight at Suncorp Stadium, otherwise known as the refurbished Lang Park Cauldron, right in the heart of Maroon territory.
QUEENSLAND coach Michael Hagan wants halfback Scott Prince to use his Origin magic again despite the return of proven matchwinner Darren Lockyer against NSW tonight.
QUEENSLANDER Billy Slater has celebrated his 21st birthday as the Queensland Maroons staged a second half come back to defeat New South Wales 22-18 at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
QUEENSLAND prop Shane Webcke has warned teammates to expect something "pretty special" from rookie Brett Finch, thrust into the NSW State of Origin side as sixth choice halfback.
NEW Zealand Rugby League officials have confirmed that North Harbour Stadium will be the venue for the test match between the Kiwis and the Kangaroos on October 16.
REDCLIFFE have recorded their first win since May 8th with a 52 - 16 demolition of Souths Logan at Dolphin Oval last Sunday. The Dolphins maintain 7th place on the points table with 16 points with the competition leaders just two points ahead.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel to New Zealand to face the Warriors on Sunday 20th June.
PENRITH halfback Craig Gower is back in the hunt to reclaim his State of Origin jumper after being named to make his return from injury in the Panthers National Rugby League clash with Cronulla on Sunday.
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