THE Queensland selectors will be keeping an eye on Brisbane utility Shaun Berrigan and Cowboys winger Matt Sing this weekend as they collate the Queensland squad for Origin II at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.
THE Newtown RLFC is proud to be sponsored by such great Australian business enterprises as Sydney Airport and the Petersham RSL Club.
NSWRL VB Premier League
Saturday, June 5th
Newtown v. Balmain
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup
Saturday, June 5th
Newtown v. Souths Juniors
Recommended reading for all Newtown supporters and all media representatives:
Ben Blaschke's excellent article in this week's Big League magazine on Channarith Ly, the plucky little half-back of Cambodian parentage who is playing with Newtown this season.
ROUND 13 PREMIER LEAGUE:
AFTER a change of leaders on the table in Round 6 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup in 2004, and only 4 points are separating first to tenth place, the competition if possible is about to become more intense nearly halfway through the rounds. Marist Richmond Brothers stand alone at the top the leaderboard with the rest of the teams snapping at their heels.
SCOTLAND A have named six players from the TotalRL.com Conference in their squad to take on the RLC Lionhearts on Sunday 13 June at Hamilton RFC. Liverpool Buccaneers are well represented with prop Ash Carroll, formerly of Chorley Lynx, captaining Scotland again and being joined by club-mates Jon Fitt ? of Liverpool Hope University ? and three-quarter Mark Webster, who was a regular for Thatto Heath in the National Conference this winter. All are Scotland A regulars but coach Kevin Rudd has made six changes to the 17 who beat Ireland in the final game of last season.
THE Serbian Rugby League Federation is looking for a team from the UK to come and compete in this year?s East European Tournament.
ROUND 13 marks the halfway point in the competition and two of the NRL?s heavyweights square off as the Olympic Torch hits town. The Bulldogs play host to the Roosters and these games have become one of the NRL?s fiercest rivalries and the matches themselves are usually explosive encounters. I expect tonight to be no different but hopefully it is for all the right reasons.
IN Bulls Eye this week Brian Noble and Karl Pratt look forward to Saturday's Round 13 game at Odsal when over 20,000 supporters will pack into the ground to see the biggest game of all when the Bulls meet the Rhinos.
CARETAKER Coach Denis Betts has named a 19 man squad for Friday's Tetley's Super League against St Helens at the JJB Stadium, 8pm kick off.
KEN Nagas is set to make a return to the lime-green after retiring from first grade in July 2002 because of a chronic knee injury.
PENRITH Panthers centre Ryan Girdler has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season, ending speculation about his future.
CRONULLA forward Phil Bailey said the Sharks' disciplinary problems had nothing to do with former coach Chris Anderson, who parted ways acrimoniously with the club at the end of last season.
MELBOURNE'S backline depth will be put to the test this weekend when the Storm take on the National Rugby League premiers without three of their first-choice outside backs.
SIMMERING tension between last year's NRL grand finalists spilled over yesterday when Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart hinted Penrith was playing games over the severity of Luke Swain's injury.
ROOSTERS top dog Ricky Stuart says his club will continue to work on Adrian Morley's tackling technique, which has borne some grief of late.