A preliminary 22-man squad has been named by the Maroons for the up-coming State of Origin series against New South Wales on 25th May.
Perhaps the only surprise is Storm utility forward Dallas Johnson, but most of the rest of the squad has picked itself with inform Cowboy Jonathan Thurston included as well as veteran Raider Jason Smith. Fellow club-mate Clinton Schifcofske wasn't so lucky, once again finding himself on the outer.
WHILE the Cronulla season has been steaming along quite nicely, despite a few hiccups, there is one aspect of our game that is not nearly as efficient as it should be. I?m not talking about our missed tackles (which, I should add, are ludicrously high each week). I?m not talking about the continual selection of Greg Bird in the team over more deserving contenders (although that is another problem.)
BRETT Finch has taken an early guilty please to a grade one contrary conduct charge but will miss two games because of 93 carry-over points. The Roosters halfback was charged for getting himself involved in a scuffle late in the game and was subsequently marched for 10 minutes.
FRIDAY 29th April 2005
IT was one of 2004?s great highlights ? the 2004 preliminary final against the Cowboys. Despite the entire league world willing the North Queensland fairytale to continue, the Roosters? picked up an emotional win to charge to their third successive grand final. And come Saturday night in Townsville, Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has called on his players to show all of their character in order to prevent the second-placed Cowboys gaining revenge infront of over 20,000 raucous Queenslanders.
ST George ?Immortals? John Raper, Reg Gasnier and Graeme Langlands, three of only seven players to be officially recognised as Immortals in the history of rugby league, have joined forces with the Dragons Major Sponsor St.George Bank to introduce an ?Immortals Choice? Award as part of the Dragons annual player awards program in 2005.
THIS Saturday (30th April 2005) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on a range of topics in Rugby League.
SEA Eagles Ben Kennedy and Terry Hill have been named to take on form side the Brisbane Broncos on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium in what should be a great opener to another fantastic weekend of footy.
IT has been a long time coming, but we?re finally ready to re-open the mailbag to see what thoughts are on everybody?s mind. This week, we were sent emails on travels to Toyota Park, rumoured player signings and our very own video gallery. Let?s clear out the cobwebs and see what?s in store.
THIS week's mob is a tough bunch with a few players out of their accustomed positions, but the League Unlimited selection panel is firmly of the view that each player can hold their own where they've been selected. This team could give any club in the NRL a working over and are oozing point-scoring ability. Here is the Round 7 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
MONDAY'S Anzac Day clash had an unusually high judiciary scrutiny, with five players cited.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named Charlie Tonga to make his first grade debut this Saturday evening against the Eels at Telstra Stadium. Tonga will become the 24th player used by Folkes in first grade this season in just 7 games.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Grahan Murray has named his side to take on the Roosters at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night, kick off at 7.30pm
THE Canberra Raiders have chosen young Queenslander Marshall Chalk to replace Clinton Schifcofske at fullback for this Sunday?s match against the Newcastle Knights.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his team to take on the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Rapers team is;
1 DAVID PEACHEY
2 DAVID SIMMONS
3 NIGEL VAGANA
4 PAUL MELLOR
5 LUKE COVELL
6 ADAM DYKES
7 BRETT KIMMORLEY
8 JASON STEVENS
9 MATT HILDER
10 DANNY NUTLEY
11 REECE WILLIAMS
12 PHIL BAILEY
13 PAUL GALLEN