THE huge shadow cast by star halfback Andrew Johns again threatens to engulf incumbent NSW No.7 Brett Kimmorley after his nightmare State of Origin rugby league return.
TELSTRA Stadium in Sydney has been chosen to host the opening clash of this year's Tri-Nations series.
BRYNTEG Comprehensive School's year 7 rugby league side will be walking onto the Millennium Stadium on August 27 after beating holders Wade Deacon of Widnes in the semi-finals of the Powergen Champion Schools Cup at the Brewery Field on May 24. They will follow in the footsteps of Whitchurch High who competed in this final last year.
The Bridgend school side has benefited from professional coaching as Gillette's Welsh schools sponsorship in association with Sportsmatch Cymru has paid for Bridgend Blue Bulls' star Kevin Ellis to train the youngsters.
Ellis never played at the Millennium Stadium in his career but is pleased to be going there as a coach.
"The whole team is really looking forward to playing there." said Ellis. "They played out their skins on Tuesday and thoroughly deserved the victory. they are a great bunch of lads and a pleasure to coach. They're so enthusiastic and they enjoy playing league far more than union because they get a far better run of the ball and get more experience in tackling skills.
"I'm also pleased at how well the Rugby Football League are treating schools. As a reward for reaching the final, the school will be given new kit, tracksuits, balls and tackling shields free of charge."
In the semi-final, Wade Deacon were the first team to settle with a series of back to back sets in the Brynteg danger area, a try to Chris Atkin after 15 minutes giving them the lead. They continued to enjoy plenty of pressure until a break from 20 metres out gave Brynteg some daylight when Huw Robinson crossed to make the score 4-4 at half time.
OTAHUHU Ellerslie vs Hibiscus Coast Raiders Bert Henham Park, Auckland
THEY?VE witnessed their idols perform the job with distinction. Now Queensland?s best Under 17 talent will go head-to-head for the honour of pulling on the mighty Maroon.
QUEENSLAND'S State of Origin history is littered with players bearing the names of animals ? ?Raging Bull? Tallis, ?Bear? Bowman and ?Horse? Niebling to name a few.
AFTER a 2 week break the rejuvenated Dolphins take on Bronco affiliates Toowoomba and West?s at Dolphin Oval this Sunday.
A LOSS could drop either of these clubs out of the top five and destroy their respective coaches? search for continuity.
SCULTHORPE backs new coach, and Hull and Bradford announce squads.
NATIONAL Rugby League boss David Gallop is set to announce the inclusion of the Gold Coast into the 2007 competition this afternoon.
Brisbane Broncos 36 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 12
Sydney Roosters 30 v Canberra Raiders 16
Canterbury Bulldogs 12 v North Queensland Cowboys 48
The North Queensland Cowboys have scored a completely dominant 48-12 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Carrara Stadium to open Round 12 in spectacular fashion.
Cronulla Sharks 26 v Parramatta Eels 34
MANLY hooker Shayne Dunley tonight won his appeal against a four match suspension for spitting and will play against Penrith at Brookvale on Sunday.