FIVE players have already been ruled out of Friday night's Annual City v Country match to be played in the NSW country town of Lismore.
SELECTORS have named their teams to take part in the annual City v Country Origin clash to be played at Lismore on May 6.
THE Cronulla Sharks have managed to have only two players selected in this friday's City / Country Origin match, despite being equal leaders in the premiership. Prop Jason Stevens will play in the front row for City, while winger Luke Covell has been called up to replace injured Country winger, Timana Tahu.
FINE and warm at Auckland's Ericcson today where current Bartercard Cup holders, Mt Albert, took on the Otahuhu/Ellerslie franchise in the curtain raiser to the Warriors Penrith clash.
THE strategic partnership forged between the Cronulla-Sutherland and Newtown clubs is proving to be a very successful coalition indeed. The Sharks are currently equal leaders in the NRL and Jersey Flegg competitions, while the Sydney Airport Jets are now in equal second position in the VB Premier League and third on the Jim Beam Cup table.
SILVERCHAIR anthem Freak was blaring on the bus as Redcliffe headed home Sunday night, an apt description of their effort in overcoming Tweed Heads 26-22.
LONDON 26 Bradford 41 and Hull 20 Salford 6
LEIGH 40 Wakefield 18 - Centurions net priceless victory
CRONULLA have continued their dazzling start to season 2005, notching up another victory over the highly fancied Melbourne Storm. As happens so often these days, halfback Brett Kimmorley played all over his rival half, Matt Orford, almost single-handedly ensuring Cronulla would take home the win.
Tigers 32 v Dragons 40
COASTAL WIN Stadium will be a sea of ?Red and White? on Saturday as the St George District Rugby League Football Club, Illawarra Steelers and St George Illawarra Football Clubs compete in festival of rugby league from U16 through to NRL level.
DRAGONS coach Nathan Brown has made numerous changes to his side for the Dragons Round 9 clash with the Rabbitohs that is the culmination of the Red & White Festival of Football at WIN Stadium this Saturday.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 8, 29-30 April, 1 May 2005
Knights 10 v Raiders 14
Warriors 14 v Panthers 16