GRAND Final week has arrived!
Result: Queensland Rangers 50 (Jordan Atkins 3, Brendon Marshall 2, James Bryant, Shaun Daylight, Aaron Werth, Rob Elliott tries; Ben Smith 5, Aaron Werth, Abraham Sila goals) beat Western Australia Development 24 (Brad Baker, Craig Phillis, Isaac Thomas, Dan Green tries; Shane Brook 3, Mick Kestal goals).
QUEENSLAND Academy of Sport Under 16?s copped a nasty fright before nailing New South Wales Country 22-16, in the rugby league representative trial at Coronation Park on Friday.
NEWTOWN?S quest for a place in the 2005 VB Premier League grand final ended with a hard-fought 24-14 loss to Parramatta, in the second preliminary final played at Telstra Stadium on Sunday. That final score-line doesn?t fully reflect just how close this elimination match really was, with a number of lineball refereeing decisions that had an influence on the final outcome.
COWBOY?S backrower Luke O'Donnell yesterday escaped being charged for a late hit on Eels halfback Tim Smith during Sunday's Grand Final Qualifier.
TIM Sheens wants to keep the build-up to this week's NRL grand final as low-key as possible, but a former Balmain great has warned the Tigers not to ignore the hype.
COACH: Graham Murray
THE Kiwis face a tough slog of seven matches in six weeks in four different countries following the addition of a non-test game against England to their Tri-Nations tour of Britain.
IN a major boost for the Kangaroos Andrew Johns has today confirmed his availability as a member of the train-on squad for the first Test of the 2005 Gillette Tri Nations against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday 15 October.
THE English press's love affair with Andrew Johns appears over.
FORMER Great Britain full-back Gary Connolly will play for Ireland in the European Nations Championship before deciding whether to hang up his boots.
SCOTLAND have included six Super League players in their 20-man squad for the European Nations Cup clashes with Wales and Ireland next month.
Danny Brough (Hull), Wayne McDonald and Iain Morrison (both Huddersfield), Duncan Macgillivray (Wakefield) and Mike Wainwright (Warrington) are joined by uncapped Bradford hooker Ian Henderson.
FORMER New Zealand Warrior David Myles is one of four NRL players who have signed with Toulouse for the forthcoming French championship season.
THE Woman?s Rugby League competition begins next Sunday 2nd October and the start of the season will see a twelve team league. All the sides will play each other once and following that the league will be split into two divisions with the top six in one division and the bottom six in the other.
These sides will then play each other on a home and away basis.
REFEREE Tim Mander has been handed the whistle for Sunday's NRL grand final between Wests Tigers and North Queensland at Telstra Stadium.