MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs team to meet the Eels this Sunday contains two changes from the team that defeated the Roosters last week.
THE Parramatta Eels have named a strong side to face the Bulldogs this weekend as they try and breathe life into their ailing premiership campaign.
LIKE fish in a barrel
ENGLISH referee Russell Smith has been dropped from NRL first grade following his controversial performance in the match between Manly and Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
QUEENSLAND back rower Michael Crocker will miss the entire State of Origin series after accepting a nine match suspension from the NRL judiciary.
SYDNEY Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello will undergo surgery on his injured back today which is likely to rule him out of the the entire State of Origin series.
MELBOURNE has until 2pm today to make a decision on whether it will contest Michael Crocker's dangerous throw charge after being granted an extension by the NRL.The Storm originally had until midday to make a decision on an early plea after Crocker was charged with a grade-four dangerous throw for his tackle on South Sydney's Shane Rigon on Saturday night.An early guilty plea would see the Queensland Origin aspirant rubbed out for nine weeks, while an unsuccessful trip to the judiciary would result in a 12-week suspension. Either ban would rule Crocker out of this year's State of Origin series.Crocker's hopes of playing for Queensland in this year's State of Origin series are at stake but the former Sydney Roosters forward has a poor record at the NRL judiciary, with six charges in the last five years, including a lifting charge last season.
MANLY coach Des Hasler will not be punished by the NRL for comments he made about referee Russell Smith after the Sea Eagles' 24-18 loss to Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
ENGLISH Super League club St Helens says it has not been contacted by New South Wales officials about the possible selection of Jamie Lyon for the State of Origin series.
I?VE seen some embarrassing refereeing performances in my years following the game, but I?m not sure that too many can compare with the dilapidated efforts which British referee Russell Smith displayed at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
WARRINGTON Wolves continued their charge up the engage Super League table as they recorded their fourth straight win by defeating Catalans Dragons 44-16 in the south of France.
HUDDERSFIELD produced the shock of the engage Super League season to end St Helens? 100% record in a tense 19-16 clash at the Galpharm Stadium.
HULL extended coach Peter Sharp?s engage Super League honeymoon by a further week after a tremendous performance against Bradford at the KC Stadium, winning 28-12.
LEEDS bounced back from their mauling by the Wolves to complete an engage Super League double over Harlequins, winning 36-24 to close the gap on leaders St Helens to four points.
SALFORD brought their three-game losing streak to an end with a thrilling second-half fight-back against Wakefield in engage Super League, winning 26-12.