WOMEN?S STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: Queensland 40 d New South Wales 8.
Standings: Queensland leads two-game series 1-0.
THE Sydney Airport Jets stayed in touch with the semi-finals race with a hard grafting 28-12 win over Manly-Warringah, in the VB Premier League match played in constant light rain at Henson Park on Saturday. The Sea Eagles had led 12-8 at half-time, but Newtown dictated the terms of play in the second half, even though the Jets still held an 18-12 lead with only five minutes left to play. Newtown's much improved completion rate, a good "kick and chase" game and bustling defence were key factors in this morale-boosting win, in which they had to withstand a determined late fight-back by the Sea Eagles.
THE England U18 Academy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon and are preparing to take on the pinnacle of our teen Rugby League talent in their challenge against the Junior Kiwi squad, before moving on to meet the Australian School Boys.
The English have brought over a squad of 23 players and 7 staff, including Rugby Football League Performance Director, and former Great Britain coach, David Waite. David Waite will be assisting the team and will not only monitor and mentor the two young coaches, but will certainly be looking at the abilities of the players with the endeavour to upgrade the very elite to the next level in their high performance pathway.
It is also quite interesting to note that Harrison Hansen, son of former Northcote Tigers and Marist player, Shane Hansen will be wearing the red, white and blue colours when he steps on to the field to represent the English squad. He will be someone to watch out for and according to David Waite, is a very talented young player.
A warm up game will take place for the England U18 Academy against an Auckland U18 Rep Team on Sunday 1 August 2004 at North Harbour Stadium, 1.15pm. This will be followed by two tests against the Junior Kiwi's, also at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 August 2004, both kicking off at 4.00pm.
1 JAMES GRAHAM
2 DAVID ALLEN
3 AHSLEY GIBSON
4 LUKE STENCHION
5 DANNY WILLIAMS
6 DAVID DOHERTY
7 JASON GOLDEN
8 STEPHEN NASH
9 SCOTT MURRELL
10 BRETT FERRES
11 JOEL TOMPKINS
12 ANDY BRACEK
13 CHRIS ASHTON
14 SIMON GRIX
15 HARRISON HANSEN
16 DESI WILLIAMS
17 JAMES COYLE
18 CARL ABLETT
19 JOHN GALLAGHER
20 CRAIG HUBY
21 LEE SMITH
22 MATTHEW COOK
23 STEVE PICKERSGILL
THE Bulldogs have been busy in signing some of the most talented young player's. Included in the list is Trent Cutler, son of club legend Stan Cutler, who has signed for a further two seasons and current Premier League halfback, Brett Oliver who will remain a Bulldog for 2005.
TOUGH back-rower Dallas Johnson will stay in Melbourne until 2006 after the exciting young forward agreed to a new two-year deal with the Storm today.
BRISBANE coach Wayne Bennett has downplayed suggestions from fellow NRL coaches that players feigning injuries to milk penalties is becoming a serious problem in the game.
ON Sunday August 1st at Brookvale Oval the Manly Club will, in conjunction with the N.R.L. and Fox Sports, launch the back to the Eighties celebrations.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 21 to take on the Newcastle Knights this Sunday, August 1 at 3pm at Aussie Stadium.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have named an unchanged side for Sunday's "Back to the 80's" day at Brookvale Oval on Sunday against the Canberra Raiders.
MELBOURNE Storm will head into Sunday?s clash against competition leaders the Sydney Roosters with a depleted forward pack following today?s suspension of prop Alex Chan for the next four weeks.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has named his side for this Sunday's away clash with the Manly Sea-Eagles.
THE Parramatta National Rugby League Club wishes to advise that player David Vaealiki has been granted a release from the final year of his contract to take up an opportunity in the English Super League.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his squad to take on the Wests Tigers at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday evening.
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WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Eels, on Saturday 31st July 2004 at Parramatta Stadium. Kick off is at 7.30pm.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 20.