ST George Illawarra Dragons have once again been instrumental in promoting international Rugby League.
THE final plank in the restructure of the New South Wales Rugby League will be put into place this weekend when the NSWRL Premier League gets underway.
AT LAST THE WAITING IS OVER!
MOUNT Albert and Hibiscus Coast will be strong, the Central Falcons and Taranaki weak when the national domestic competition kicks off this weekend, but between the two extremes there should be a levelling-out of abilities.
BARTERCARD Cup: It keeps getting better! The same teams are back, the format remains and the standard just keeps getting better. Season four of the Bartercard Cup kicks-off on the 12th of April 2003 with the Grand Final set for the weekend of the 12th 14th of September at Ericsson Stadium.
RAIDERS five eighth Mark McLinden will start tomorrows match against Parramatta and Jason Croker will move into the forwards, presumably at lock which means either Terry Martin or Michael Hodgson will move to the interchange bench to accommodate the inclusion of McLinden.
THE Knights have done it tough to beat the Bulldogs 12-6 with brilliant defence.
WE have been reliably informed that the Phantom Siren is set to strike ten seconds before half time in the match between St George Illawarra and Manly this Sunday at WIN Stadium.
BULLDOGS lock Travis Norton has been ruled out of tonight's National Rugby League blockbuster against Newcastle with a knee injury.
THE Melbourne Storm have beaten the Cronulla Sharks 18-12 at Olympic Park this evening. Both sides scored three tries a-piece but the goalkicking or lack there-of from Brett Kimmorley proving the difference.
ALTHOUGH this match was between two sides not widely tipped to make a dent in September, this match was an exciting, see-sawing affair and the lead changed hands several times throughout the match with the Rabbitoh's emerging victorious 32-22 over the Wests Tigers and record their first victory since round 18 last year.
DURING the week, Waratahs' coach Bob Dwyer said he would talk to Dragons coach Nathan Brown about Nathan Blacklock's NSWRU contract - but not before the Super 12s Rugby Union competition is done with.
MELBOURNE Storm skipper Stephen Kearney is looking forward to a return to night football in an attempt to overcome a desperate Sharks side this Saturday night at Olympic Park (7.30pm).
BIG Australian Mark Tookey fits snugly into his jersey, his Mini and the hearts of Warriors fans. The 110kg prop, who today plays his 50th game for the Warriors, thinks he knows why the crowds have warmed to him.
THE Sydney Roosters have crushed the North Queensland Cowboys on their home turf, running out winners 32-0.