Bird keen to combine with Gidley for NSW

AUSTRALIAN five-eighth Greg Bird has called on NSW selectors to hand Kurt Gidley a starting role for the opening State of Origin clash.

Slater's Test fumbles may cause concern

AUSTRALIAN fullback Billy Slater hopes his indifferent Test debut won't cost him his place in the Queensland State of Origin side.

Eels missed Tahu more, says Smith

BEN Smith says it's the loss of his 2007 centre partner Timana Tahu that has really hurt the Eels.

Inglis freak show leaves crowd gasping

"FREAK" was all Australian coach Ricky Stuart needed to describe Greg Inglis after helping create the Kangaroos first try.

Australia too strong for Kiwis once more

A fast start has proved to be the crucial difference in the 2008 Centenary Test with Australia emerging 28-12 victors over New Zealand at the SCG.

'Master Coach' Jack Gibson passes away

RUGBY league legend Jack Gibson has passed away following a long battle with illness, aged 79.

Jarrod Saffy extends contract with Dragons

DRAGONS forward Jarrod Saffy has today agreed to terms with the Club for a further two seasons, until the end of 2010.

Kiwis lose Roberts for Centenary Test

NEW Zealand five-eighth Ben Roberts has been ruled out of Friday night's centenary rugby league Test against Australia because of a hamstring strain.

El Masri back to stake Origin claim

HAZEM El Masri returns for the Bulldogs in Saturday night's NRL clash with Penrith to stake a last-minute claim.

Mal functions as non-coaching coach

ADRIAN Rovere takes a look at the make-up of the Queensland Origin squad...

Cowboys 'can win minus Thurston, Bowen'

NORTH Queensland will be out to prove they are more than a two-man team when they confront Cronulla without Matt Bowen and Test halfback Johnathan Thurston.

Fittler calls Anasta to demand selection

BRAD Fittler has called on Braith Anasta to demand NSW selection and lead his side out of a two-game losing sequence against Canberra on Saturday.

Thurston passes fitness to play test

JOHNATHAN Thurston passed a fitness test on his injured ankle Friday morning and will play in Friday night's Centenary Test against New Zealand at the SCG.

O'Donnell returns for Sharks clash

NORTH Queensland received a welcome boost for their NRL match against Cronulla with lock Luke O'Donnell set to play earlier than expected after a hip operation.

Wigan Extend Gareth Hock Contract

THE Wigan Club are pleased to announce that Great Britain international forward Gareth Hock has signed a further one year extension to his current contract

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