HALFBACK Mathew Head will make his return from injury to boost a re-shuffled Dragons team for their clash with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this Friday night.
MELBOURNE Storm has added to its burgeoning collection of exciting backs by signing Newcastle winger Anthony Quinn on a three-year NRL deal.
CASEY McGuire is set to be dropped from the Ergon Energy Broncos line-up ahead of Friday night?s clash against St.George-Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.
EELS: Wade McKinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn Morrison
Interchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Daniel Wagon, Michael Vella
PAUL Mellor will start the match this weekend on the wing, replacing the suspended Adam MacDougall in the Rabbitohs? backline. Joe Lichaa will start the game from the interchange bench with Michael Greenfield also being named on a five-man bench.
Rabbitohs: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt, Todd Polglase, Luke MacDougall, Paul Mellor, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Peter Cusack (c), Shane Walker, Manase Manuokafoa, David Fa?alogo, Mark Minichiello, Shane Rigon
Interchange: Jaiman Lowe, Joe Lichaa, Ben Rogers, Shannan McPherson, Michael Greenfield
FOR the first time in over a month the Sea Eagles have a full squad to select from. Jason King returns from a hand injury and takes a position on the bench. The State Of Origin stars, Kennedy, Kite and Bell will back up 3 days after playing in Brisbane.
BULLDOG Corey Hughes has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury and will miss this weeks clash against the Cowboys.
THE Canberra Raiders have named in-form forwards Troy Thompson and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs in their side this week, as they look to bolster their pack ahead of their important clash against Melbourne at Olympic Park on Sunday.
Both Thompson (eye) and Learoyd-Lahrs (knee) are returning from brief stints on the side line through injury, just in time for the clash with the top of the table Storm.
WARRIORS: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Louis Anderson, Sione Faumuina
Interchange: Lance Hohaia, Evarn Tuimavave, Wairangi Koopu, Micheal Luck, Sam Rapira, Clinton Toopi (two to be omitted).
NEWCASTLE fullback David Seage has been named for his NRL comeback against the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday after overcoming a hamstring injury.Seage returns after four weeks on the sidelines and will be a welcome boost to the Knights, who were without a specialist fullback for two games - both losses - before last week's much-needed bye. First choice custodian Milton Thaiday is also only one or two weeks away from returning to action from an ankle injury.Seage's return means makeshift fullback Kurt Gidley will shift back to five-eighth. Knights: David Seage, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Reegan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Adam Woolnough, Todd Lowrie, Riley Brown, Kirk Reynoldson (one to be omitted).
MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy has named a 21-man squad for this Sunday's Round 15 clash against the Canberra Raiders. The game will be played at Olympic Park from 2:30pm.Storm: Steve Turner, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Chris Walker, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Ian Donnelly, Jeremy Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair, Smith Samau, Jamie Feeney, Ben Cross (four to be omitted).
THE CSSC is proud to announce their next big AWAY adventure to see the Cronulla Sharks up against the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle on Saturday 24 June 2006. This is down as one of the biggest of the year, and we are expecting a big turnout on our CSSC bus.
PARRAMATTA prop Fuifui Moimoi will plead not guilty to a biting charge at the NRL judiciary tonight. The Eels frontrower was referred straight to the judiciary after Melbourne prop Brett White sent a written complaint to the NRL match review committee yesterday to back up his on-field claim in the 54th minute of Sunday's game.
MIRACLE try scorer David Howell is facing a one week suspension after being charged with making a dangerous throw in Canberra's 28-26 NRL win over the Bulldogs.Howell was the talk of Telstra Stadium after managing to touchdown for a try in the corner against the Bulldogs yesterday despite having all of his body except his arm outside the field of play. But he may now miss Sunday's showdown with competition leader Melbourne after being charged following video review of a tackle made in the 47th minute.Howell faces a one week ban for an early guilty plea and also if he unsuccessfully contests the charge at tonight's NRL judiciary sitting.Meanwhile, NRL prosecutors are set to demand a ban of 12 weeks for Parramatta prop Fuifui Moimoi when he fronts the judiciary tonight on a biting charge.The Eels prop had his case referred straight to the judiciary by the NRL match review committee yesterday. With two high-tackle suspensions last year, it's understood Moimoi's only hope of escaping three months on the sidelines is to plead guilty or beat the charge before the tribunal.He would still have to front the disciplinary committee with a guilty plea but it is likely prosecutor Peter Kite would then recommend a more lenient nine or 10-week suspension. South Sydney centre Adam MacDougall, meanwhile, is facing a four to six-week suspension for striking Brisbane's Darius Boyd.
RESULTS from Round 11 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup have been finalised following the Monday night action in a soggy Wellington.The Lions cemented their spot on top of the table with an impressive win over the Falcons. The four point gap on the competition ladder between the Lions and second placed Bulls was helped in part by the Bulls defeated at home by the Harbour League side after Canterbury gave away a decent halftime lead to the visitors.Other teams to take the 2 points were Waicoa Bay Stallions, Watakere and the Jetz, who now have won their last four games.Harbour League and Waitakere Rangers with the results over the weekend now are both just one point shy of three teams in the Top 5. Every round counts as we head into the back half of the competition.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 11 RESULTSSaturday 10 June 2006 Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Tamaki Leopards Resthills Park, HamiltonWaicoa Bay Stallions 50Tries: S. TeKuru, T. Davis, T. Ufi (2), J. Auru (2), K. Perry (3)Goals: H. Karena (7)Tamaki Leopards 28Tries: T. Leaunoa, C. Vuna, G. Ruaporo, W. Heta (2)Goals: M. Ashford (4)Halftime Score: 28 ? 6 To Waicoa Bay StallionsSunday 11 June 2006 Northern Storm vs Waitakere Rangers Jubilee Park, WhangareiWaitakere Rangers 42Tries: R. Godfrey, G. Bailey, K. Guttenbeil, D. Shepherd, B. Nelson (2), M. Tuipulotu (3)Goals: D. Shepherd (1), S. Jones (2)Northern Storm 12Tries: M. Pure, J. IoaneGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 22 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Central Falcons vs Auckland Lions Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston NorthAuckland Lions 52Tries: L. Toimoana, L. Wetherill, S. Fa?alogo, P. Ale, K. Wright (2), R. Wigg (3)Goals: S. Buckingham (7)Central Falcons 12Tries: H. Robson, T. Greig Goals: H. Robson (2)Halftime Score: 24 ? 6 To Auckland LionsCanterbury Bulls vs Harbour League Rugby League Park, ChristchurchHarbour League 32Tries: R. Edwards, J. Pai (2), J. Trott (2), T. Samoa (2)Goals: J. Trott (2)Canterbury Bulls 24Tries: S. Hurrell, L. Fidow, S. Beyers, C. Lawrie, D. MetcalfGoals: S. Hurrell (2)Halftime Score: 18 ? 6 To Canterbury BullsMonday 12 June 2006 Counties Manakau Jetz vs Wellington Orcas Porirua StadiumCounties Manakau 24Tries: Heketoa, Matai 2, Gatis, FaiGoals: Heketoa (2)Wellington Orcas 12Tries: Taraeka MisaGoals: Boyd (2)Halftime: 14-6 to Jetz