QUEENSLAND players are threatening a torrid night for champion Blues halfback Andrew Johns in Wednesday's State of Origin decider.
THE thought of tackling 193cm, 110kg Queensland giant Petero Civoniceva doesn't scare NSW rugby league hard man Ben Kennedy.
SEAN Hampstead has confirmed his position as the game?s best referee, with the ARL confirming his appointment as referee for the first State of Origin match at Stadium Australia next Wednesday.
AUSTRALIA coach Wayne Bennett is expecting a fiercely-competitive battle with Great Britain and New Zealand in the end-of-season Gillette Tri-Nations Series.
ANDREW Johns could be rushed into the Australian team for this year's Tri-Nations Test series if he can make it back onto the field for the National Rugby League finals.
THE results from last weekend's round for all grades are as follows:
QUEENSLAND five-eighth Darren Lockyer was today ruled out of the first State of Origin match at Stadium Australia next Wednesday night.
FRIDAY 21st of May 2004
AFTER gushing with pride over a State of Origin selection he had all but given up on, Bulldogs prop Willie Mason admitted he had not ruled out turning his back on rugby league.
THE audacious promoters of a National Rugby League (NRL) franchise in Wellington have All Blacks captaincy candidate Tana Umaga at the top of their shopping list.
PENRITH will re-visit a failed experiment this weekend when Ryan Girdler plays five-eighth against North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
COWBOYS coach Graham Murray has named his side to take on the Penrith Panthers at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night, kick off 7.30pm.
THE Bulldogs controversial policy not to name players fined internally has been given the thumbs up by National Rugby League boss David Gallop.
THE New Zealand Warriors management will respond to continuing lack of performance by the team with player changes, then a coaching change if that fails.