UNDER-PRESSURE Sydney Roosters halfback Brett Finch has received a major setback in his bid to retain the NSW No.7 jersey after being shifted to hooker for Sunday's NRL match with Canberra.
WINNING form and a good run with injuries has enabled the New Zealand Warriors to take an unchanged line-up into their NRL clash against South Sydney at Telstra Stadium on Sunday.
TRENT Cutler has been named on the wing in place of the suspended Matt Utai. Earlier today Utai took the early guilty plea with regard to the grade one dangerous throw charge he incurred on the weekend.
THE Sea Eagles will go into this weekends match against the Broncos without Stephen Bell and Luke Williamson.
THE Rabbitohs welcome back Shane Rigon and Joe Galuvao for this weekend?s clash. Rigon is returning from a virus which kept him out of last weekend?s match against the Eels and Galuvao is coming back from an Achilles tendon injury.
NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has wielded the axe ahead of this weekend's NRL clash against St George Illawarra in Wollongong. Murray has dropped Kiwi international David Faiumu and Queensland State of Origin forward Matt Scott as well as prop Mitchell Sargent.
Giant prop Ray Cashmere will make his first grade debut while Clint Amos and Robert Tanielu have been promoted. Fullback Matt Bowen is in doubt for the Dragons game after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday. He will have scans on the injury today.
DARIUS Boyd has claimed the fullback position for the Brisbane Broncos vacated by injured custodian Karmichael Hunt. The full squad is:
JASON Smith is set to make his return to the Raiders line-up on Sunday, after being named at five-eighth for the green machines important clash with the Roosters at Canberra Stadium.
HERE is the Panthers NRL side to play Wests Tigers at Credit Union Australia Stadium Penrith on Saturday night:
THE NRL has announced its intention to remove the existing anti-tampering rules for players coming off contract.
ONLY one home team went down this week and that was a thriller on Friday night. With players backing up from Origin duty the going was tough for some but the Sharks, Storm and Tigers continued their rich vein of form. Once again our sage-like selectors have taken the best 17 as the Round 15 League Unlimited Team of the Week strut their stuff in our field of dreams.
GREG Bird has re-signed with the Sharks on a three year deal worth what is believed to be $500 000. The signing is good news for the Sharks, with interest in Bird having been shown by both South Sydney and Melbourne.
BULLDOGS winger Matt Utai will miss Friday's NRL match with Melbourne after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw. Utai was charged with a grade one dangerous throw for his 74th minute tackle on North Queensland's Matt Sing in the Bulldogs victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy believes his fullback Greg Inglis won't be fit to play for Queensland in rugby league's State of Origin series decider at Telstra Dome on July 5.
NORTH Queensland will be sweating on the fitness of Matt Bowen and Ashley Graham as the duo struggle to be fit in time for Saturday's clash with St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium.