AUSTRALIA go into Saturday?s showdown with Great Britain as hot favourites to continue their supremacy over the old enemy but with a dire warning from their coach.
GREAT Britain player and Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield writes regularly for BBC Sport.
HOOKER Keiron Cunningham wants Great Britain to be boring against Australia when they attempt to get their Gillette Tri-Nations show back on the road at Wigan on Saturday.
WESTS Tigers scrum-half overcomes bereavement and a twice broken leg to earn surprise call-up against Great Britain, writes Dave Hadfield.
LANCE Hohaia has a chance to nail down the number seven jersey for next week?s Gillette Tri-Nations clash with Great Britain when he makes his comeback from injury against England at Warrington on Sunday.
NEW South Wales coach Phil Gould has announced that he will be quitting the Blues at the conclusion of the current State of Origin series.
I can visualise many people wondering who Dave Southern is at this point, and that?s unsurprising. In many ways he is an unremarkable man ? a native of Widnes who now works with the Diabetes Federation of Ireland who lists Jim Mills as one of his boyhood heroes. However, Dave Southern should be championed as one of the true unsung heroes of Rugby League. For he is head of the Rugby League in Ireland (RLI).
MANLY-WARRINGAH A Grade 22 v 10 BARLA Great Britain Lions
Brookvale Oval, Manly
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford has put pen to paper and signed a one year deal with the Melbourne Storm this evening.
THE Newcastle Knights are set to sign Matt Orford from the Melbourne Storm and are now virtually resigned to the fact that they have lost superstar halfback Andrew Johns.
KOGARAH'S OKI Jubilee Stadium recorded the highest crowd of round 15 when the St.George Bank Dragons hosted the Wests Tigers. The Dragons restored their premiership credentials by thrashing the Tigers by 50-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 16,915.
FRIDAY 25th June 2004
WESTS v SYDNEY at Campbelltown Stadium at 7.35pm.
MANLY have continued bolstering their forward pack for the 2005 National Rugby League season by signing Dragons star Brent Kite to a four-year deal.
REDCLIFFE have lost two on the trot now and face a tough task next week against Burleigh at Pizzey park.
FOLLOWING a three point performance at Brookvale Oval, Manly pivot Andrew Walker has surged into second place in Leagueunlimited?s player of the year awards. Walker is just two points shy of Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorley who still heads up the leader board on 15 points..
Nathan Hindmarsh and Darren Lockyer are still clinging onto equal third position on 13 points while Knights hooker Danny Buderus is joined by Melbourne?s Robbie Kearns on 11 points.