SINCE ?he? arrived at Bondi in 1996, the Roosters have qualified for every finals series since, they?ve won their first grand final since 1975 and established a reputation as one of rugby league?s ?benchmarks?. But now at 33, he?s decided to hang up the boots and enjoy life after football. ?He? is of course the champion five eighth and captain Brad Fittler. ?Freddy? is the common denominator in most of the Sydney Roosters impressive seasons over the past decade. 2005 represents a new chapter in the Roosters history, ?The post Fittler era?.
ONLY a trial? Maybe. Very disappointing? Definitely.
YORKSHIRE Irish defeated counterparts Lancashire Irish in the inaugural Clash of the Irish Roses 24-10 at Oldham St. Anne's RLFC.
THE draw for the 2005 Victoria Bitter NSWRL Premier League competition has been announced. The Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs will kick-off the season on Friday 11 March at Telstra Stadium against St George Illawarra.
THE Sydney Airport Jets won their match against Group 11 at Parkes last Saturday by 40-4, but among the more lasting impressions for the visitors were the efficiency and professionalism of the Parkes Shire Council and the Parkes Spacemen RLFC, who made the whole weekend possible.
THE Manly Sea Eagles today named the following squad of 20 to play St.George Illawarra at Albion Park in the final trial before the start of the 2005 NRL premiership:
THE Real Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its team to play against the Bulldogs this Friday night, February 25, at Members Equity Stadium in Perth, Western Australia, kicking off at 7:30pm.
THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys announced today the team that would play the Melbourne Storm in Cairns on Friday.
IN relation to today?s findings on the liability of former players Stephen Kearney, Marcus Bai and the Melbourne Storm regarding the Jarrod McCracken case, Melbourne Storm CEO Brian Waldron wishes to make the following statement:
GIANT young winger Manu Vatuvei has been signed up as a full-time Vodafone Warrior.
ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has been told this season shapes as one that will make or break him and one foot out of line will spell the end of his erratic career.
NATIONAL Rugby League CEO David Gallop urged rugby league fans to "keep the faith" despite the latest player behaviour scandal which has rocked the game.
BRAD Thorn will make his first appearance in Broncos colours since the 2000 Grand Final when he takes the field for the trial clash with Canberra at Toowoomba this Saturday. Thorn, who spent four seasons with the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super 12 rugby union competition, has recovered from a hamstring strain suffered three weeks ago.
FORMER Australian Test forward Jason Smith will debut for Canberra in Saturday night's NRL trial against Brisbane in Toowoomba.
CASTLEFORD Lock Lane proved too classy for the Storm in their 2nd Round Challenge Cup match on Saturday in Castleford. In just the second game of the season for the South London-ers, they acquitted themselves well against a side that demonstrated its class in bursts.