NEWCASTLE halfback Andrew Johns has been cleared of a serious neck injury and is an "80 per cent" chance to play in his side's NRL clash with St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens says North Queensland counterpart Graham Murray will be too smart to use revenge as motivation for Friday night's NRL grand final replay in Townsville.
NORTH Queensland hooker Aaron Payne has failed in his bid to line up against Wests Tigers in tomorrow night's NRL clash in Townsville.
PLAYIN? those Mind Games
FOUR Rounds of the 2006 NRL Season have been completed and here is the best (and some of the worst) of the first month of the season.
QUEENSLAND assistant coach Kevin Walters has ruled out a return to fullback for Darren Lockyer for the Maroons. There has been speculation Lockyer will return to the No.1 jersey at representative level, but Walters says this will not happen.Lockyer says he is happy to play wherever chosen at representative level but indicated his preferred position was five-eighth.
CANBERRA hooker Simon Woolford fears he could be forced out of the NRL after being suspended for the eighth time in six years. Woolford was last night unsuccessful in seeking a downgrade to a grade two careless high tackle charge on Penrith prop Joel Clinton and will be suspended for two matches.The veteran hooker, who is off contract at the end of the year, fears NRL clubs will baulk at signing him because of his lengthy judiciary record and says he may consider an offer to join the English Super League.
BRENT Tate and Michael Crocker have been welcomed back by the XXXX Queensland State of Origin team, ahead of next Wednesday?s deciding State of Origin tie.
DRAGONS Centre Mark Gasnier has been recalled to the New South Wales side for the third State of Origin game, to be played next Wednesday night.
Result: City 48 d Country 16.
ROUND 9 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup went pretty much to form for the first time this year. The Top 5 are standing to stamp their mark on the positions however as the competition has shown in 2004, no team can get complacent or they will be punished on the scoreboard.
ORGANISERS of Sunday?s fundraising dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured rugby league players Matt King and Danny Scott have expressed their delight after the event attracted a full house to Huddersfield?s George Hotel.
NSWRL VB Premier League.
Canberra Raiders 36
Newtown 22: Andrew Le Breton, Craig Field, David Hall, John Sinisa tries; Troy Barnes 3 goals.
Match played at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan on Saturday.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup.
Sydney Bulls 42
Newtown 20: George Ghazal, Bruce Po, Chan Ly, David Vial tries; Chan Ly 2 goals.
Match played at Potts Park, Bankstown on Saturday, June 26th.
This coming Saturday, July 3rd.
Sydney Airport Jets home game double-header at Henson Park.
1.15pm: Newtown v Erina - Jim Beam Cup.
3.00pm: Newtown v Penrith-St.Marys Cougars - VB Premier League.
The NRL Road Train will be at Henson Park for this double header
THE Leagueunlimited.com leader board has suddenly become very congested with Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) and Paul Rauhihi (Cowboys) all equal front runners on 17 points. Rauhihi has been outstanding form in recent weeks and picked up another two points on the weekend.
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons second rower Lance Thompson has been cleared of a broken ankle but will be out for up to six weeks.