SQUAD: Darius Boyd, Tame Tupou, Greg Eastwood, Casey McGuire, Leon Bott, Brett Seymour, Shane Perry, David Stagg, Corey Parker, Dane Carlaw, Brad Thorn, Ian Lacey, Shane Webcke (c)
Interchange: Dave Taylor, Ben Hannant, Neville Costigan, Joel Moon
SQUAD: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki (c), Nathan Fien, Evarn Tuimavave, Awen Guttenbiel, Louis Anderson, Sione Faumuina
Interchange:Sam Rapira, Wairangi Koopu, Michael Lick, Lance Hohaia, Clinton Toopi
WITH State of Origin stars Steve Menzies, Steve Bell and Brent Kite unavailable Des Hasler has brought Paul Stephenson and Glenn Stewart into the starting side along with George Rose. Added to the bench is Phil Morwood.
BULLDOGS coach Steve Folkes has picked Nick Kouparitsas to make his NRL debut against the Raiders this Monday at Telstra Stadium at 3:00pm.
FORMER Test and NSW fullback Garry Jack says Queensland's forward pack is full of "cream puffs".
RAIDERS Prop Michael Weyman makes his long awaited return to the NRL this weekend, after gaining selection on the bench for the Raiders match against the Bulldogs on Monday at Telstra Stadium.
Weyman will join fellow forward Trevor Thurling on a new look Raiders bench, with Alan Rothery and Terry Martin moving back into the Raiders Premier League side.
Adrian Purtell has also been named on an extended bench for the Raiders, giving Coach Matt Elliott a number of options leading into Monday?s vital clash against the Bulldogs.
Squad: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Craig Frawley, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Todd Carney, Lincoln Withers, Jason Williams, Simon Woolford, Michael Hodgson, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan Tongue
Interchange: Marshall Chalk, Ben Jones, Trevor Thurling, Michael Weyman, Adrian Purtell
SQUAD: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Danny Galea, Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Matthew Cross, Tony Puletua (c), Trent Waterhouse
Interchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Matthew Bell, Paul Aiton
SQUAD:JOEL Reddy, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Luke O?Dwyer, John Williams, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), PJ Marsh, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Wagon, Chad Robinson, Glenn Morrison
Interchange: Mark Riddell, Dean Widders, Michael Vella, Justin Tsoulos
ADAM and Luke MacDougall will return to the Rabbitohs? backline this weekend, with Shane Rigon starting at lock. Ben Rogers will start from the interchange bench.
SQUAD:SHAUN Foley, Lelea Paea, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Vince Mellars, Josh Lewis, Jamie Soward, Adrian Morley, Heath L'Estrange, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Nigel Plum, Craig Fitzgibbon (c)
Interchange: John Doyle, Shane Shackleton, Mickey Paea, Charles Tonga
WE?RE smack bang in the middle of season 2006, and I thought I?d take the opportunity this week to draw up a mid-season report card. Let?s now take a look at how your team is faring currently, and just how they might finish up come September and October.
NEWCASTLE have signed five-eighth Kurt Gidley for another three seasons, keeping the 24-year-old at the NRL club until the end of 2009.
PARRAMATTA halfback Jeremy Smith has been suspended for four NRL matches after entering an early guilty plea to a grade five contrary conduct charge. The charge resulted from an incident in the Eels' loss to St George Illawarra last Friday, where Smith allegedly pushed referee Sean Hampstead.
MELBOURNE star Greg Inglis will miss the second State of Origin match after being ruled out with stress fractures in his back. Inglis was yesterday selected on the wing for Queensland when it attempts to level the series at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week.But his NRL club says he will be unavailable and will not be able to play for 2-4 weeks.Steve Clark has been appointed as referee for the second State of Origin match between NSW and Queensland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next Wednesday.Clark replaces fellow whistleblower Sean Hampstead, who controlled the opening game of the series. Hampstead will be the stand-by referee for the game. Rod Lawrence and Russell Turner have been appointed as touch judges, with Graeme West the video referee.It will be Clarke's fourth time in control of an Origin match.
THE New Zealand Warriors have sacked promising NRL winger Misi Taulapapa for alcohol-related breaches of club discipline to "send a message" to other players.The Warriors on Sunday dropped Taulapapa, 24, from the team for its match against league leaders the Brisbane Broncos over his latest indiscretion. Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah says an incident over the weekend involved alcohol and Taulapapa's contract has been ended because had previously been given three official warnings after similar breaches.Taulapapa has played five first-grade games since debuting against South Sydney in April.