KIWI Ferns squad for this year's women's rugby league World Cup.
NEW South Wales must overcome Queensland's massive start in the experience stakes to win the 2003 State of Origin rugby league series.
QUEENSLAND lock Tonie Carroll has been cleared to play in the opening State of Origin match against New South Wales after escaping a National Rugby League suspension. Carroll pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw on Newcastle prop Josh Perry in Brisbane's 32-22 loss at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
NEW South Wales second rower Ben Kennedy will be restricted in training this week despite Blues medical staff giving him the all-clear to play in next week's opening State of Origin game in Brisbane.
NEW South Wales has set the scene for an old-fashioned State of Origin arm wrestle with its selection of Shaun Timmins at five-eighth for game one in Brisbane. Blues coach Phil Gould and chairman of selectors Bob Mccarthy have conceded Timmins' selection has been made with his defence in mind.
FORMER New South Wales five-eighths Laurie Daley and Trent Barrett have warned Queensland to ignore the attacking skills of the Blues' latest number six at their own peril.
REFEREE Bill Harrigan has been appointed to control next week's opening State of Origin game - his 11th in a row and 19th overall. Harrigan has already refereed more matches than any other whistleblower.
THE Sydney Airport Jets' 28-26 loss to the Roosters last Saturday faithfully followed an age-old Newtown script, with the gallant Jets taking their more fancied opponents right to the wire, only to be denied victory virtually in the final moments of the game.
There certainly could be no doubting the Jets' courage, as they went into this game with several key players missing through injury, and suffered more losses during the match. Newtown was actually down to two men on the interchange bench for the entire second half, up against a crack Roosters side boasting several players who could command NRL spots with a number of other clubs.
The game was tied up 12-all at half-time, and the Jets looked to be long odds as the Roosters swept to a 24-12 lead early in the second half. The Sydney Airport Jets staged a thrilling fightback, scoring three great tries to lead by 26-24, only to see the Roosters save the match with a try less than two minutes from the final siren.
The best performers in a hard working Sydney Airport Jets team were Tabua Cakacaka, Russell Richardson (three tries), Billy Najarrin, the impressive Dean Loder, Trevor Schodel, Craig West and Troy Barnes. Second rower Joe Lichaa, in only his second game of the season, made forty tackles and played out the entire eighty minutes.
In the Jim Beam Cup curtain raiser at Henson Park, Newtown led Guildford 10-8 at the break. The Jets were off their game badly in the second half, as the visitors ran away to a 40-10 win.
The Sydney Airport Jets are at home again this Saturday (June 7), when they play St. George-Illawarra in the NSW Premier League at Henson Park. This is a stand alone match kicking off at 3pm. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown travels to Ringrose Park to play Wentworthville, with this match due to start at 4.30 pm on Saturday.
X Blades, the football boot innovators, have taken a stranglehold on the Wests Tigers till 2007 with a further option for another three years till 2010.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have announced the signing of Bulldogs lock Travis Norton.
SYDNEY Roosters chief executive Bernie Gurr has advised the club he will be standing down at the end of the National Rugby League season.
WITH Storm front-rower Robbie Kearns away on State of Origin duty this week, coach Craig Bellamy has brought former Canberra and Bulldogs prop Nathan Sologinkin down from Brisbane Norths to bolster Melbourne?s forward pack.
THE Cronulla camp was both miffed and angered on Thursday at more talk of classy fullback David Peachey leaving the National Rugby League club next season.
A year ago prop Richard Villasanti was leading from the front in a Vodafone Warriors team riding high in the NRL. Now he founds himself thrust back into action for a team desperate to get back on the winning path against the Cronulla Sharks at Ericsson Stadium on Saturday.
KIWI rugby league forward Logan Swann is due to appear in court tomorrow to face a charge of assault. The New Zealand Warriors say the second rower has received a summons to appear in Auckland District Court.