Coaches Corner with Anthony Griffin

THE representative season is upon us and the Emerald Group Dolphins have started proceedings well. A total of seven Dolphins were selected in the City side to take on Country in Cloncurry late last month, however centre Nick Emmett was forced out due to a suspension from a tripping charge against Easts. His replacement was in-form prop Pat Gardner, whom I though was unlucky not to make the Kevin Walters-coached side in the first place. Our City representatives in the backline were fullback Ryan Cullen and winger Alwyn Simpson with warhorse Troy Lindsay joined by hooker Michael Roberts in the pack and Danny Burke, Adam Starr and Gardner coming off the bench. The Country side was down a bit in quality because of demands from NRL clubs Cowboys and Broncos. Our boys are in for a bit of a culture because after they fly to Mount Isa they then bus it to Cloncurry. It's a pity we couldn't watch the match on TV as the Queensland Wizard Cup has a good following and it's the only rep match we get to see involving our players. The reward for our Dolphins could be a spot in the Queensland Residents to take on their Blues counterparts in Melbourne as the main curtain-raiser to Origin III.

Arvo wrap: Latu, Raper, Smith

FORMER New Zealand Test hooker Tevita Latu has secured a short term contract with English Super League club Wakefield two months after being sacked by Cronulla and deregistered by the NRL for punching a woman.

Melbourne Supporters Info - Dragons v Storm

DRAGONS Supporters This week the Dragons take on the Storm in a blockbuster from Jubilee Oval which could well be a preview for this year's grand final. The inside word from the Dragons camp is that the boys are fired up after the surprise loss last weekend and are ready to teach the storm a lesson or two The Steakout Sports Bar is expecting a mammoth crowd of Dragons and Storm supporters and this weekend provides us with the opportunity to show that the Storm aren't the only NRL team supported in Melbourne. Dragons supporters will have the best reserved seats in the house for this event and we look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday at 4pm. WHAT: Dragons v Melbourne Storm WHEN : 4pm Sunday 30 July 2006 WHERE: SteakOut Sports Bar, Level 1 Crown Casino

Round 21 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 28th July 2006 Cronulla v Newcastle at Toyota Park, 7.30pmSHARKS: Brett Kearney, Darren Albert, Nigel Vagana, Ben Pomeroy, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), James Stosic, Matt Hilder, Luke Douglas, Greg Bird, Lance Thompson, Paul GallenInterchange: Richard Villasanti, Darren Mapp, Reece Williams, Beau ScottKNIGHTS: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Jarrod Mullen, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Reegan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Adam Woolnough, Todd Lowrie, Kirk Reynoldson, Daniel Abraham (one to be omitted)Referee: Shayne HayneSaturday, 29th July 2006 Penrith v New Zealand at CUA Stadium, 5.30pmPANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Mark O'Halloran, Lee Hookey, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Matthew Cross, Tony Puletua (c), Frank PritchardInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Matthew Bell, Luke SwainWARRIORS: 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 FaumuinaInterchange: George Gatis, Sam Rapira, Wairangi Koopu, Micheal LuckReferee: Tony ArcherParramatta v Manly at Parramatta Stadium, 7.30pmEELS: Wade McKinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Luke O'Dwyer, Ben Smith, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Jeremy Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Josh Cordoba, Daniel WagonSEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Chris Hicks, Steve Matai, Paul Stephenson, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Luke Williamson, Glenn Stewart, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Steve Bell, Kylie Leuluai, Mark Bryant, George Rose (one to be omitted)Referee: Steve ClarkSouth Sydney v Canberra at Telstra Stadium, 7.30pmRABBITOHS: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt, Todd Polglase, Germaine Paulson, Paul Mellor, Beau Champion, Joe Williams, Peter Cusack (c), Stuart Webb, Scott Geddes, David Fa?alogo, Joe Galuvao, John SuttonInterchange: Mark Minichiello, Manase Manuokafoa, Ben Rogers, Kane ClealRAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, Marshall Chalk, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Dane Tilse, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Kris Kahler, Michael Hodgson, Michael WeymanReferee: Jason RobinsonSunday, 30th July 2006 Brisbane v Wests at Suncorp Stadium, 2.30pmBRONCOS: Darius Boyd, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Scott Minto, Darren Lockyer (c), Shaun Berrigan, Shane Webcke, Casey McGuire, Petero Civoniceva, David Stagg, Brad Thorn, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Corey Parker, Dane Carlaw, Greg Eastwood, Joel Moon, Neville Costigan (one to be omitted)TIGERS: Shannon McDonnell, Taniela Tuiaki, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Jamaal Lolesi, Shane Elford, Scott Prince (c), Todd Payten, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Chris Heighington, Ben GaleaInterchange: Tevita Metuisela, Dene Halatau, Ben Jeffery, Ryan O'Hara, Chris Lawrence (one to be omitted)Referee: Paul SimpkinsSt George Illawarra v Melbourne at Oki Jubilee Stadium, 3pmDRAGONS: Ben Hornby, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris, Trent Barrett (c), Mathew Head, Jason Ryles, Dean Young, Justin Poore, Sam Isemonger, Danny Wicks, Luke BaileyInterchange: Michael Henderson, Jason Ryles, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff, Aaron GorrellSTORM: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Antonio Kaufusi, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Michael Crocker, Jeremy Smith, Adam Blair, Nathan Friend, Garret Crossman, Greg Inglis (two to be omitted)Referee: Sean HampsteadSydney v North Queensland at Aussie Stadium, 3pmROOSTERS: Shaun Foley, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Brett Finch, Josh Lewis, Shane Shackleton, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Chris Flannery, John Doyle, Setaimata Sa, Mickey PaeaCOWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Ashley Graham, Mark Henry, Josh Hannay, Matt Sing, Travis Norton (c), Aaron Payne, Matthew Scott, David Faiumu, Mitchell Sargent, Carl Webb, Luke O'Donnell, Paul BowmanInterchange: Rod Jensen, Jacob Lillyman, Gavin Cooper, Steve Simpson, Justin Smith (one to be omitted)Referee: Gavin BadgerThe Canterbury BULLDOGS have the bye in Round 21.

Smith to decide future

CANBERRA veteran Jason Smith is expected to decide today whether he will play with new NRL franchise Gold Coast or North Queensland next season.

Morley avoids ban for Tri-Nations

GREAT Britain forward Adrian Morley is set to play in the Tri-Nations Series after receiving a seven-match ban from the Australian NRL.Morley has been suspended after using his knees in a tackle during Sydney Roosters' 25-0 defeat by Canterbury.He pleaded guilty to the charge, and will miss the Roosters' last six games of the season.Great Britain also have a warm-up match in Australia before the start of the Tri-Nations on 28 October.The news he will be available for the Tri-Nations will be a welcome boost for Great Britain coach Brian Noble.Morley has a poor disciplinary record and could have received a lengthy ban.He has missed 19 weeks through suspension since joining the Roosters in 2001.In the opening Test of the 2003 Ashes Series he was sent off after just 12 seconds for using his elbow in the first tackle of the match.Morley will return to England next season to play for Warrington in Super League. Source:

Morley receives 7 match ban

SYDNEY Roosters and Great Britain forward Adrian Morley has played his final game in the NRL this season when he received a seven match ban for kneeing Bulldogs hooker Corey Hughes last Saturday night at Telstra Stadium.With Morley heading over to play with the Warrington Wolves next season and with the Roosters unlikely to play semi-final football this year, the ban will see Morley's career in the NRL as over. Morley will however be able to participate in most of the tri-nations tournament, scheduled to happen down under in Australia and New Zealand after the NRL grand final.

Round 20 Team of the Week

A big round of footy is behind us with a number of upsets played out. There?s a few contentious decisions in this one as well, after some gutsy efforts by the Raiders and Cowboys plus a spirited fightback by the Sea Eagles. The sublime Storm were up to their usual tricks and the Doggies only went to second gear. Parra deserve a mention for their continued improvement, with the Round 20 League Unlimited Team of the Week offering as many headaches for the selectors as each round of tips.

Anasta out for the season

SYDNEY Roosters five-eighth Braith Anasta will undergo groin surgery later today which will rule him out for the remainder of the NRL season.

Bears win out west


Throw the book at Morley: Marteene

KNEEING victim Shane Marteene has called on the NRL judiciary to "throw the book" at Sydney Roosters prop Adrian Morley at tonight's hearing.

Around the grounds with Rosso

THE Cronulla Sharks will play Brisbane recruit Darren Mapp in First Grade this Friday against Newcastle for the first time in 2006. With Kevin Kingston suspended for one match, Matt Hilder will move from the bench to the hooking role.

Roope Rooster stays in den

ROOSTER trophy stays in the Lions' den 26 July 2006

Lyon escapes ban, Brough gets two weeks

ST Helens? Australian centre Jamie Lyon is free to play in Saturday?s Powergen Challenge Cup semi-final against Hull KR after avoiding suspension.

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