NSW coach Graham Murray believes Queensland will be a more formidable opponent following the addition of Tonie Carroll and Chris Flannery to the side which lost the Origin series opener.
HULL have agreed a two-year deal with North Queensland's Matt Sing, who will join the Super League club for next season.
THE Sydney Roosters have until midday today to decide how they will plea after three of their players were charged by the NRL match review committee yesterday.
THE New Zealand Residents selectors, Tawera Nikau, Trevor McLeod and Phil Prescott in conjunction with Coach, David Lomax, have announced the NZ Residents team to participate in the Trans-Tasman Quadrangular Tournament, involving New South Wales Country, Queensland Country and The Jim Beam Cup Selection to be held in Rotorua from the 21 June through to the 1 July 2006.The selected team is as follows:Paletasala ALE Auckland LionsJunior AURU Waicoa Bay StallionsShane BEYERS (Vice-Captain) Canterbury BullsSteve BUCKINGHAM (Captain) Auckland LionsSala FA'ALOGO Auckland LionsSonny FA'I Counties Manukau JetzSinave FAITALE Tamaki LeopardsDavid FISI'IAHI Auckland LionsWilliam HETA Tamaki LeopardsHayden KARENA Waicoa Bay StallionsCorey LAWRIE Canterbury BullsWayne McDADE Auckland LionsJulian O'NEILL Auckland LionsPeter PRIME Waicoa Bay StallionsTui SAMOA Harbour LeagueLusi SIONE Canterbury BullsMiguel START Auckland LionsRicky THORBY Central FalconsGeorge TUAKURA Tamaki LeopardsHenry TURUA Waitakere RangersCooper VUNA Tamaki LeopardsKelvin WRIGHT Auckland LionsCoach: David LOMAXAsst Coach: Sam PANAPAManager: Nigel RATTRAYTrainer: Scott COTTIERPhysio: Mila MASIASOMUA
WEEK 10 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup once again full of exciting action for the supporters.The Jetz fought back hard from a 14-0 deficit to take the victory over the Leopards in an exciting game at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Another interesting battle saw the Stallions hold out the Falcons in Tokoroa. Both sides trying to hold onto their Top 6 placings.Once again Canterbury at home always very strong, and this time the Orcas turn to be on the end of a hiding.The table now with the Lions still in top spot, with the Bulls hot on their heels only 2 points shy.Sunday 4 June:Tamaki Leopards vs Counties Manukau Jetz Ericsson Stadium, Auckland(C/R To Warriors vs Broncos) Counties Manukau Jetz 22Tries: L. Faleono, J. Matai, T. Tuifelasai, R. HifoGoals: J. Matai (3) Tamaki Leopards 14 Tries: C. Vuna, T. LeaunoaGoals: M. Ashford (3) Halftime Score: 8 - 0 To Tamaki LeopardsWaicoa Bay Stallions vs Central Falcons Tokoroa Domain, TokoroaWaicoa Bay Stallions 26Tries: A. Grant, T. Davis, P. Prime, S. Te Kuru (2)Goals: H. Karena (3)Central Falcons 24Tries: T. Cahill, H. Robson, H. Healey, R. PackerGoals: H. Robson (4) Halftime Score: 14 - 12 To Waicoa Bay StallionsCanterbury Bulls vs Wellington Orcas Rugby League Park, Christchurch Canterbury Bulls 50Tries: L. Sione, S. Hurrell, D. Aitken, S. Beyers, B. Milner (2), C. Lawrie (3)Goals: S. Hurrell (7)Wellington Orcas 14Tries: L. Boyd, T. PeleniseGoals: M. Fitzgerald (1), L. Boyd (2) Halftime Score: 16 - 8 To Canterbury Bulls
THE June issue of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is out on Tuesday, June 6 at all good newsagents for $3.50. Here?s what?s in store for league fans in this edition:Bellamy to remain with StormMelbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is expected to agree to a two-year contract extension. Contracted until the end of 2007, the lucrative new deal would keep Bellamy in Melbourne at least until the end of the 2009 season.Knights turnaroundAt the mid-point of the season, the NRL ladder is starting to take a definite shape, and there are some intriguing points to note in comparison with the ladder at the same time last season.Newcastle have been the biggest improvers since the corresponding time last year. Find out who has improved and who has slipped in 2006.South Sydney heading for unwanted recordSouth Sydney's 12th consecutive loss is the club?s worst start since losing all 14 matches during the 1946 season. The club lost 22 matches in a row from 1945 until the second game of the 1947 season when the Bunnies defeated newcomers Parramatta 35-22.Willie back to his brilliant bestFor a 26 year-old, Willie Mason has had his fair share of ups and downs. Debuting for the Bulldogs in 2000 against Penrith the versatile forward has taken the road less travelled. He was soon recognised as possessing a powerful running game and good offload, making a solid impact from the bench for Canterbury each week.The best way to guarantee your copy of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is to take out a subscription. It costs $35 for 10 issues or $65 for 20 issues to have RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW sent out to your address.Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.
THE Powergen Challenge Cup Quarter Final got underway on Saturday afternoon when St Helens romped to victory over the Catalans Dragons. A hat-trick from Ade Gardner and two tries from prop Paul Anderson were amongst the scorers for the hosts 10 tries. Stacey Jones did score early on to give the Dragons a shock 6-4 lead, but the Saints? power and pace shone through to end the French clubs hopes in this year?s competition.
PARRAMATTA halfback Jeremy Smith faces a minimum four weeks on the sidelines for allegedly shoving referee Sean Hampstead, while Sydney Roosters forward Lopini Paea is looking at 10 weeks for his part in a spear tackle after the NRL match review committee charged eight players today.Smith was charged with grade five contrary conduct while Paea was hit with a grade five dangerous throw charge. Melbourne's Billy Slater, who returned from a seven-match ban on the weekend, is likely to miss two more weeks for a dangerous throw and New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki is facing a six-week ban for kneeing.St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper is another star set to be outed after being charged for a dangerous throw that will sideline him for two weeks with an early guilty plea. The Roosters also had winger Amos Roberts and lock Ashley Harrison charged with grade one dangerous throws.South Sydney's Shannon McPherson will not miss any matches with an early plea after also copping a grade one dangerous throw charge.
SAM Rapira may be the youngest member of the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions rugby league squad but he is already making big impressions.
RUBEN Wiki looks likely to skipper the Kiwis in the end of season Tri-Nations series against the Kangaroos and Great Britain.
CANBERRA is facing an international tug-of-war for the services of their forward leader Ruben Wiki.
THE Sydney Roosters and the National Rugby league on Tuesday dismissed a rumour the league leaders were under salary cap investigation as betting agencies suspended gambling on the 2004 season wooden spoon.
NSW Origin prop Jason Ryles has accepted a reduced contract to extend his relationship with the Dragons a further three years, agreeing to terms today until the end of 2007.
DR. Geoff Askin has given Broncos skipper Gorden Tallis the green light to resume playing after he spent the past three weeks on the sidelines suffering from a neck injury.
FRIDAY 2nd July 2004