Russia defeat Serbia in Qualifier

RUSSIA have won their second match in the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers after defeating a gallant Serbia 44-6 in Belgrade last Sunday.The larger Bears oufit were ultimately too good for the home side with half back Artem Grigoryn scoring two tries and kicking four goals in his man-of-the-match performance.Serbia were kept in the match in the first half thanks to the boot of Dalibor Vukanovic who kicked three goals, and at half time, Russia led 16-6.But the visitors proved too good after the break, racing away to score 28 unanswered points.Other try scorers for Russia were Sergey Dobrynin (2), Oleg Zukov (2), Nikoray Zagoskin, Georgy Vinogradov and Oleg Smirnov.Russia and Georgia have now qualified for the European Nations Group. The two sides will meet later this month while Holland will take on Serbia to decide the final group positions.European Preliminary Qualifying Group, match 4: SERBIA 6 defeated by RUSSIA 44.Match played 04/06/2006.Venue: FK Radnicki Stadium, BelgradeReferee: Matthew Thomason (England)Match preview - click hereDiscussion and match photos - CLICK HEREOther World Cup Qualifier results - click here

Murray backs Lillyman's selection

QUEENSLAND'S call up of Jacob Lillyman to replace injured Tonie Carroll for the second State of Origin rugby league match took many by surprise... but not NSW coach Graham Murray.

Eels fine Hayne, Maitua re-signs, Souths

PARRAMATTA winger Jarryd Hayne has been fined $1000 by the NRL club over an incident at a hotel on Saturday night.Hayne, who made his first grade debut three weeks ago, has apologised after a member of the public complained about his behaviour at The Roxy in Parramatta. The latest incident is the third to engulf the embattled club in recent weeks.Last month Eels' players Mark Riddell and Tim Smith were fined $5,000 and dropped to Premier league for turning up drunk at a recovery session. And captain Nathan Cayless was recently reprimanded for damaging a security camera in a Star City casino lift.Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald says the club would not tolerate misconduct.Meanwhile, Bulldogs utility Reni Maitua has re-signed with the NRL club for a further three seasons. Maitua, who has played 47 first grade games since joining the Bulldogs in 2002, will remain with at the Belmore club until the end of the 2009 season.The 23-year-old says he is pleased to re-sign with the club and end speculation about his future.Elsewhere, South Sydney has ushered in a new era at the NRL club, with new owners Peter Holmes A Court and Russell Crowe officially taking charge today.Holmes A Court, who handed over a $3 million cheque for a 75 per cent purchase of South Sydney at a ceremony at the Sydney Town Hall this afternoon, says his main task is instilling a winning culture again at the Rabbitohs.

Kouparitsas to Make NRL Debut

FULFILLING a life-long dream, Bulldogs forward Nick Kouparitsas will make his debut in the NRL this weekend against the Canberra Raiders at Telstra Stadium.Kouparitsas, who played his junior football in Canberra for the West Belconnen Warriors, has spent the last 4 seasons completing his ?apprenticeship? to NRL football, playing Premier League with the Bulldogs, Magpies and Raiders.When asked to describe the feeling and emotion of being selected to make his NRL debut, the 22 year old was animated and clearly excited saying he was pumped to be given the opportunity by coach Steve Folkes.?I didn?t hear off the coaches about it (NRL selection) until yesterday. When I was told I was pumped!? Kouparitsas said.When quizzed about anything that contributed to his rise up into the NRL, Kouparitsas was quick to acknowledge the club and coaches for assisting in the continuing development of his game.?The club and coaching has been great,? Kouparitsas told League Unlimited?Playing and training with internationals has been good too, to learn bits and pieces of their games, it?s helped a lot?Kouparitsas was realistic about his appointment to the top grade at a club which boasts such a great forward pack, but was hopeful for a strong performance and make further claims for future call ups to first grade. ?If I can put in a good performance, than hopefully next time there?s an injury, the coaches will think of my name first.? Kouparitsas said.Kouparitsas will join Billy Ngawini, Ben Czislowski and Dallas McIlwain in a completely new bench, with the Bulldogs losing Mason, Ryan, O'Meley and Myles to State of Origin.

Fairleigh Remains Upbeat

A string of losses in recent weeks has done little to stop Knights? Coach David Fairleigh from remaining positive about the club?s Premier League campaign, despite the club?s decision not to renew Fairleigh?s contract beyond this season.

Carroll out, Lillyman in

NORTH Queensland's Jacob Lillyman has been called up to replace injured lock Tonie Carroll in the Queensland team for next Wednesday's second State Of Origin rugby league match in Brisbane.

Blues stunned by Mogg's selection

NSW captain Danny Buderus is shocked Queensland overlooked "an abundance of great fullbacks" to select Canberra bolter Adam Mogg for next week's State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium.

Overnight wrap ? Judiciary, refs, Mundine

IT will be a busy night for the NRL judiciary, with Melbourne fullback Billy Slater and New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki contesting charges.

Round 14 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 9th June 2006

Storm team to take on Eels

SQUAD: Billy Slater, Chris Walker, Jake Webster, Matt Geyer, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Nathan Friend, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Jeremy Smith Interchange: Ian Donnelly, Ben Cross, Antonio Kaufusi, Jamie Feeney.

Cowboys side v Sharks

SQUAD: Matthew Bowen, Brenton Bowen, Josh Hannay, Paul Bowman, Matthew Sing, Shane Muspratt, Brett Firman, Mitchell Sargent, Aaron Payne, Shane Tronc, Justin Smith, Jacob Lillyman, Travis Norton (c) Interchange: Rod Jensen, David Faiumu, Gavin Cooper, Matthew Scott

Dragons PL and Flegg rd 14

THE St George Illawarra Dragons have announced their lower grades sides for Saturday's round 14 fixtures in Penrith.Premier LeagueDragons v Cougars3:30pm Saturday 10 JuneCUA StadiumCoach: Steven Price 1. Josh MORRIS2. Bryson GOODWIN3. Jess CAINE4. Keith LULIA5. Dane KERSHAW6. Reece BLAYNEY7. Jamie KEITH8. Andrew PRICE9. George NDAIRA10. Chris HOUSTON (c)11. Tom HABERECHT12. Lee TE MAARI13. Aaron WHEATLEY14. Jamie DUNNING15. Willie TUPOU16. Beau MUNDINE17. Lagi SETU18. James JIMENEZJersey FleggDragons v Panthers2:00pm Saturday 10 JuneCUA StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Ian CATANIA3. Ryan MILLARD4. James GREHAN5. Junior SEUMANUTAFA6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Blake DUREAU8. Dan HUNT9. Brad DAVIDSON (c)10. Chris FARRELL11. Matt PRIOR12. Jason WHITE13. James KEELAN14. Francis LANGIFISI15. Daniel JARVIS16. Matt SEAMARK17. Scott SABLOWSKI18. Luke MUTTDON19. Dean WHARE20. Daniel NICASTRI

Mogg gets Maroons call up

CANBERRA'S Adam Mogg is a surprise draftee into the Queensland side to replace injured winger Greg Inglis in State of Origin two.

Ryles Returns for Panthers Clash

REPRESENTATIVE Prop Jason Ryles will return from injury to strengthen the Dragons as they take on the Panthers at CUA Stadium this Saturday.

Tigers team to tackle Manly

SQUAD: Shannon McDonnell, Taniela Tuiaki, Dene Collis, Shane Elford, Michael Crockett, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince (c), Ryan O'Hara, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Todd Payten, Jamaal Lolesi Interchange: Stuart Flanagan, Chris Heighington, Bryce Gibbs, Ben Galea

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