TAWERA Nikau is convinced he can still be the Kiwis' league coach and sees "options on the horizon" in Australia as his fast-track to the position.
MELBOURNE Storm has further strengthened their squad for the 2006 season with the signing of experienced centre Chris Walker for 12 months from the Sydney Roosters.
THIS mornings article on the back page of the Daily Telegraph titled ?How To Cage a Pair of Tigers? details a balance of $500,000 left over from the 2005 salary cap that will now be used to secure long term contracts with Scott Prince and Benji Marshall. Wests Tigers would like to confirm that this statement is incorrect.
NRL premiers the Wests Tigers have been listed as joint fifth favourites in early betting markets for the 2006 season.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named a strong squad for Saturday afternoons game at Dairy Farmers Stadium against the Bulldogs.
The Cowboys are enjoying a good run of form of late and it would come as no shock at all if they give the Bulldogs a good run for their money at Townsville.
Skipper Travis Norton still has not returned from injury so the Cowboys will once again be under the leadership of stand-by captain, Paul Rauhihi.
Rauhihi's record is becoming very impressive as captain.
Coach Murrays team is;
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named the same team that defeated the Raiders last weekend for the Bulldogs round 16 match against the Cowboys in Townsville.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 16 to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday, June 27 at 3pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
THE Parramatta National Rugby League Club is pleased to announce that player Mark Riddell has today agreed to terms to a 3 year deal.
THE Dragons today confirmed that they had withdrawn from negotiations to re-sign Brent Kite and Mark Riddell and have agreed to release the pair from the club for 2005 prior to the June 30 deadline.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 15.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his side to take on the Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon in Newcastle. The return of key players back from injury has boosted his side.
FORMER Canterbury and Parramatta star Jason Smith will return to the NRL next year after signing a contract with the Canberra Raiders.
PENRITH Panthers coach Johnny Lang has named his squad to take on the Parramatta Eels on Saturday evening at Penrith Stadium.
This week sees the return of Craig Gower but unfortunately for the Panthers, Centre Ryan Girdler and 5/8 Preston Campbell are still short of a full recovery.
Coach Langs team is;
1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Brett Howland, 3. Luke Lewis, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Amos Roberts, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Martin Lang, 11. Joe Galuvao, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Trent Waterhouse, 14. Ben Ross, 15. Frank Pritchard, 16. Shane Rodney, 17. Danny Galea
THE St.George Bank Dragons have further strengthened the line-up that beat the Tigers 50-0 last Sunday with the return of Origin 1 hero Shaun Timmins for the clash with the Rabbitohs at the SCG this Sunday.
IN form forwards Anthony Watmough and Kylie Leuluai return from injury and suspension for Sunday's NRL clash with Newcastle at Energy Australian Stadium in Newcastle.