REFEREE Paul Simpkins has been given the whislte for the third and final State of Origin encounter at Brisbane?s Suncorp Stadium on July 6. He increases his personal tally of Origin matches to three.
THE Jarrod McCracken case has set a dangerous precedent for spear tackles in Rugby League now, with the possibility of any illegitimate tackle being brought to court if a serious injury evolves from it. There?s no question that spear tackles have always been grimaced and frowned upon by the NRL, and hefty suspensions will occur for those who think it is a nice idea to give a friend a spinal operation for Christmas, but is it time that ?the grapple? be considered just as bad as the spear tackle?
It has been an overwhelming inclination this season for defending players to ?grapple? the head of the attacking player, gaining control and slowing the play of the ball. The weight and force of a player can be controlled by ?grappling? the head or neck. The problem here is while one player holds another players head to control him and slow the play down, he is vulnerable to be hit by a Sonny Bill express train at one-hundred kilometres per hour and have serious damage done to him. Why is he vulnerable? Because the player being ?grappled? cannot escape and defend himself, and is open to being hit very hard by the opposing players or even have his wallet stolen.
DURING the year we may be enemies, wearing different colours and cheering for rival teams but one moment unites the game, when the Kangaroos run out to represent our game and our nation.
RESULTS from Day One of the Australian Secondary School Schoolboys Exchange at Rockhampton.
THE Newtown RLFC is pleased to announce that three Sydney Airport Jets players have been selected in the NSW Residents Rugby League representative team to play Queensland Residents on Wednesday, July 6th at Suncorp Stadium. The three players are Nathan Merritt, Vince Mellars and James Stosic. In addition, Kevin Kingston has been named as a stand-by player for the representative squad.
NEW Zealand Warriors prop Iafeta Paleaaesina has signed with English Super League club Wigan, the Warriors announced today.
FRIDAY, 1st July 2005
PARRAMATTA captain Nathan Cayless has called for a judiciary overhaul, saying teammate Nathan Hindmarsh should not miss next Wednesday's Origin series decider due to an NRL misdemeanour.
WITH so many upsets and good individual performances at the weekend, the selectors found it hard to pick the squad. There are some very deserving players who put there hands up for selection and this week we?ve also got a list of people that we called just to let them know they got a mention at the selection table. So without further adieu, here?s the Round 16 League Unlimited Team of the Week and what a cracker it is!
LONDON Broncos are used to breaking new ground; it simply comes with the territory for a rugby league business operating in a non-traditional rugby league market.
RUGBY League and Rugby Union is set to clash next month when Bradford Bulls play Bradford and Bingley RFC in the ?Tetley?s Cross Code Challenge? at The Bees? Wagon Lane. Stadium on Sunday 31st July 2005, kick off 4.00pm.
BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has named his side to take on the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Bennetts team is;
VODAFONE Warriors head coach Tony Kemp has predictably stayed with his winning combination for Saturday night?s NRL clash against North Queensland.
The same 17 used in the memorable 30-18 win over Brisbane will travel to Townsville on Thursday morning with winger Todd Byrne returning from a one-week lay-off as 18th man.
?It was an easy decision after the way we performed against the Broncos,? said Kemp today.
?Every player in the squad contributed to one of the club?s best wins.?
Byrne missed the match with a slight neck injury, allowing Manu Vatuvei to take his position against the Broncos.
?Todd?s fine now and it was always expected he?d come straight back into the squad after a week?s recovery,? said Kemp.
He said the job for the players now was to re-focus on what was needed if the club is to make the finals for the fourth time in five years.
?While we?ve all enjoyed what happened at Ericsson Stadium last Sunday, the requirements change now.
?This match against the Cowboys is vital for us. They?re missing several players who have been picked in the Queensland State of Origin side but we haven?t won in Townsville since 2002.
?To win we have to work on maintaining and sustaining the consistency we showed in all parts of our game against Brisbane.?
The Townsville match enables vice-captain Monty Betham to edge closer to the 100-game milestone when he makes his 94th NRL appearance.
The Cowboys lie fifth on the points table with 20 points, four ahead of the 11th-placed Vodafone Warriors, who have won four of their last six matches.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to take on the Rabbitohs at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Smiths team is;
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an 18-man squad for this weekend's round 17 NRL Telstra Premiership clash with the Bulldogs. The Storm (8 -7) takes on the Bulldogs (6-1-7) for its milestone game, on Saturday July 2nd at 5:30pm; the game will be Melbourne Storm's 200th game in the NRL competition.