The 'function' that discerns half backs

LET?S think of a game of chess for a moment. You have your pawns, your castles, your bishops, your knights and your coveted King and Queen. Each piece is placed on a chessboard where the objectives of all pieces are to protect their King, whilst attacking the other. Through all this the King is responsible for the movement of his troops across the battlefield as he so pleases. His organisational skills will ultimately determine whether he will win or loose a battle. Welcome to the life of a rugby league half back.

The Run Home to the Finals

SEVEN into four just doesn?t go, it?s as simple as that. As the NRL Telstra Premiership 2004 season embarks on its final month of regular season fixtures, to see who will secure those precious finals berths in the bottom half of the eight.

Steele by name, steel by nature

STEELE Retchless is set this Friday to play his 200th game for London Broncos when they run out against St Helens at Knowsley Road.

Craig Smith to retire at the end of the season

CRAIG Smith has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the current season.

PJ Marsh set to return to Australia

PJ Marsh has put an end to speculation regarding his playing future with the New Zealand Warriors by announcing that he will return home to Australia with his wife Kelly for the birth of their first child.

Nathan Blacklock signs with Hull

ST George Illawarra Dragons winger Nathan Blackock has signed with UK club, Hull FC for 2005.

Young Lions go down in tour opener

QUEENSLAND Secondary Schools' XIII 52 v 10 BARLA Great Britain Young Lions Aspley Leagues Club, Brisbane

Teams named for 2nd Test

THE Junior Kiwis were dealt a major blow during the week, with Samuela Moa ruled out following a medical assessment of a concussion suffered in the first Test.

Total Rugby League Conference Quarter-Final matches.

AFTER beating the best that the principality has to offer, Bridgend Blue Bulls and Cardiff Demons are set to fly the flag for Wales in this Saturday's Total Rugby League Conference Quarter-Final matches. And rugby league fans will have the chance to see both matches. While Cardiff's match kicks off at the regular time of 1430 BST, Bridgend have moved their start to 1915 BST, allowing for some of their players to play two matches in two different codes in one day.

Young Lions Ready for Schoolboy Test

BARLA Great Britain Young Lions Manager Joe Elliott has named his side for tomorrow's Test match against the Australian Schoolboys.

Bulldogs fans banned

BULLDOGS officials are to ban three spectators for periods between three and 15 months after North Queensland fans complained of being harassed after their NRL match on Sunday night.

Smith asked to explain

ROOKIE Canberra winger Nathan Smith was stood down for two games, told to explain his behaviour to the Raiders' sponsors and left to legally fend for himself by the NRL club following his weekend arrest in Sydney.

Central Coast apply pressure

THE Gold Coast might be the hot favourite to secure a possible 16th franchise in the NRL but the Central Coast consortium believes it represents true-blue rugby league heartland.

WIN a loser come semis time

IF they snare a home final, the Dragons won't switch to Aussie Stadium but they won't necessarily play at WIN Stadium.

Kimmorley out of Eels game

CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley has pulled out of Saturday's crucial match with Parramatta after scans revealed his troublesome hamstring had not yet fully healed. Kimmorley has been absent from the Sharks line up since tearing the muscle during State of Origin training.

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