HERE is the 18 man squad that will travel to Auckland for this Saturday's match against the Warriors:
LUKE Patten, Hazem El Masri, Cameron Phelps, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Chris Armit, Tony Grimaldi, Roy Asotasi, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni Maitua
Interchange: Daniel Irvine, Jarrad Hickey, Brad Morrin, Dallas McIlwain
BRETT Stewart, Michael Robertson, Paul Stephenson, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Michael Witt, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)
Interchange: Shayne Dunley, Luke Williamson, Phil Morwood, Mark Bryant, George Rose (one to be omitted)
MATTHEW Bowen , Ashley Graham, Ty Williams, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Travis Norton (c), Brent McConnell, Mitchell Sargent, Aaron Payne, Ray Cashmere, Matthew Scott, Steve Southern, Justin SmithInterchange: Mark Henry, David Faiumu, Jacob Lillyman, Shane Tronc, Robert Tanielu
THE Real Insurance Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the North Queensland Cowboys in round 17 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 1 July at 7:30pm at Dairy Farmers Stadium.The Rabbitohs welcome back prop Scott Geddes and second-rower Joe Galuvao this weekend from injury, and five-eighth Beau Champion will play in the NRL side after returning from injury in Premier League last weekend. Head Coach Shaun McRae has made a number of changes to the side that played the New Zealand Warriors last Sunday with Yileen Gordon starting in the centres, Stuart Webb starting at hooker and John Sutton shifting to lock. Mark Minichiello will start the game from the interchange bench as will Shane Rigon, with Dale Newton and Kane Cleal set to make their debuts for the Rabbitohs this weekend. Joe Lichaa will travel to Townsville as the 18th man.Rabbitohs? Shannon Hegarty (shoulder arthroscope ? 5-7 weeks), Luke Stuart (ruptured ACL in knee - season), Luke MacDougall (groin strain ? 2-3 weeks), Shane Walker (groin strain ? 2-3 weeks), Shannan McPherson (groin strain ? 2-3 weeks), Jaiman Lowe (bruised sternum - 1-2 weeks) and Mick Moran (ankle sprain and thumb fracture ? 2-4 weeks) were not considered for selection due to injury. Adam MacDougall was not considered due to suspension (2 weeks).The South Sydney Premier League team will take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Redfern Oval this Saturday at 2pm. The referee for the first grade fixture is Tony Archer.The Rabbitohs NRL side is:1. David Peachey2. Nathan Merritt3. Todd Polglase4. Yileen Gordon5. Paul Mellor6. Beau Champion7. Ben Walker8. Peter Cusack ?9. Stuart Webb10. Scott Geddes11. David Fa?alogo12. Joe Galuvao13. John SuttonInterchange:14. Mark Minichiello15. Shane Rigon16. Dale Newton17. Kane Cleal18. Joe LichaaCoach ? Shaun McRaeThe Rabbitohs Premier League side is:1. Joven Clarke2. Troy Boston3. Fetuli Talanoa4. Germaine Paulson5. Balin Cupples6. Scott Briggs7. Joe Williams8. Joe Falemaka9. Trent Young ?10. Manase Manuokafoa11. Michael Greenfield12. Anthony Kiro13. Ben RogersInterchange:14. Ray Moujalli15. David Wynyard16. Aaron Firman17. Rhys Hanbury18. Beau Falloon19. James Donlan20. Nathan GilchristCoach ? Mark Ellison
WADE McKinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Luke O?Dwyer, John Williams, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Wagon, Chad Robinson, Glenn Morrison
Interchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Josh Cordoba, Adam Peek
PREMIER League Hooker, Luke Quigley will fill the shoes of New South Wales Captain, Danny Buderus when the Knights play the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.
MARSHALL Chalk is set to step into the fullback role for the absent Clinton Schifcofske this weekend, and is confident of a good performance against the Eels at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.
COACH Wayne Bennett has made a host of changes to the ?baby Broncos? outfit nailed by South Sydney in round 14 ahead of their second and final test of the season against in-form Cronulla at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
YOUNG prop Sam Rapira comes in for unavailable captain Steve Price in the only change to the Warriors' 17-man squad for Saturday night's NRL clash against Penrith.
POTENTIAL Vodafone Warriors of the future will be on show tomorrow when the Auckland Rugby League stages a festival of school football at Ericsson Stadium No 2. The action starts with grand finals for intermediate school boys and girls, the first of them at 11.00am. From 4.00pm, the focus switches to grand finals action for secondary schools. The glamour fixture is the Premier First XIII Cup final between St Paul's College B and Otahuhu College. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. The full programme is:11.00 - Under 55kg intermediate girls: Henderson v Papatoetoe 11.45 - Under 55kg intermediate boys: Viscount v Henderson 12.30 - Open weight intermediate girls: Viscount v Henderson 1.15 - Open weight intermediate boys: Tamaki v Kedgley 4.00 - Stephen Kearney Cup: St Paul's (A) v Sir Edmund Hillary 5.15 - Under-15 nine-a-side: St Paul's v Penrose 6.15 - College A: Southern Cross v Aorere 7.30 - St Paul's (B) v Otahuhu
PENRITH fullback Rhys Wesser is delighted by his late call-up to the Queensland team and says he has no concerns about playing out of position in next week's State Of Origin decider in Melbourne.
SYDNEY Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon has re-signed with the NRL club for the 2007 season. The signing has ended speculation about Fitzgibbon's future, following reports the Gold Coast franchise was interested in acquiring the workaholic backrower's services.
MANLY five-eighth Travis Burns has copped a one-week suspension after entering an early guilty plea to a grade two careless high tackle in his side's 16-10 NRL loss to Brisbane on Sunday. Burns, who caught Broncos forward Sam Thaiday high in the 47th minute of the match, will miss Friday night's clash with Newcastle at Brookvale Oval.
A totally dominant display by the Waitakere Rangers last night at Albany left their opponents, the Waicoa Bay Stallions hanging their heads in dismay when the final score blew out to 62-10 to the Rangers.Leading by an unbelieveable 36-0 at the break, the Waitakere side just went from strength to strength. Stand out performances by Boycie Nelson, Scott Jones and in particular fullback Cliff Beverley, who slotted, in at first and second receiver on a regular basis, and played a part in nearly all of the Rangers 12 tries, including 2 of his own.Although a game up in Round 13, Waitakere now move into third spot while Waicoa Bay sit just outside the Top 5.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 13 RESULTS (Week 1 Of Split Round)b>Monday 26 June 2006 Waitakere Rangers vs Waicoa Bay Stallions North Harbour Stadium, AucklandWaitakere Rangers 62Tries: S. Jones, B. Nelson, M. Tuipulotu (2), C. Beverley (2), W. Clarken (3), J. Tavaga (3)Goals: S. Jones (7)Waicoa Bay Stallions 10Tries: S. Rapira, D. LeteleGoals: J. WalkerHalftime Score: 36 ? 0 To Waitakere RangersGames coming up:BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 13 FIXTURES (Week 2 Of Split Round)Saturday 1 July 2006 Tamaki Leopards vs Canterbury Bulls Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 5.20pm Kick Off(C/R To Warriors vs Panthers)Monday 3 July 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori TelevisionCounties Manukau Jetz vs Central Falcons North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick Off TRANS-TASMAN RUGBY LEAGUE CUP ? GRAND FINAL FIXTURESSaturday 1 July 2006 Rotorua International Stadium, RotoruaKiwi Ferns vs NZ Maori Women 3.00pm Kick Off (Field No.2)Waicoa Bay U18?s vs NSW Country U18?s 4.30pm Kick OffJim Beam Cup vs Queensland Rangers 6.00pm Kick OffResidents vs NSW Country 7.40pm Kick Off (Grand Finals)