MICHAEL Hodgson became the latest Titans signing, agreeing to a 2 year contract with the NRL?s newest club today.The front row / second row player has been with Canberra since 2000 after coming through the ranks as a Parramatta Junior and playing his first two seasons in first grade with that club. Hodgson said, ?I have been impressed with the way the club has been portrayed in the media in that it is very professional and organised. My wife Sally and I are genuinely excited about the move for us and our daughter Neve and it is even more attractive being a new club. It will be a great place to train and play ? waking this morning to minus 3 certainly reinforced that.?Coach John Cartwright believes the signing is another crucial move in the formulation of the fledgling club?s forward pack.Cartwright said, ?As with all of our signings, Michael fits the mould 100% on and off the field. He?s a big reason why the Raiders are having more success this season. He has got great go-forward, he?s a solid defender and he?s closing in on 100 first grade games which is when front rowers start to play their best football.?Gold Coast Titans signings to date:Forwards: Michael Hodgson (Raiders) Frank Puletua (Panthers) Luke Bailey (Dragons) Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers) Luke Swain (Panthers) Brad Meyers (Bradford) Nathan Friend (Storm) Luke O?Dwyer (Eels)Backs Preston Campbell (Panthers) Brian Carney (Newcastle) Matt Petersen (Eels) Scott Prince (Tigers) Richie Mathers (Rhinos) Josh Graham (Western Force)
A HEARTY effort from the PNG Kundus has given great hope for the country?s international future, despite a deceiving 32-16 loss against the Queensland Under 19 Maroons.
IT WAS spectacular and controversial and in the long run the good guys won. Queensland raised its first victory over New South Wales this year with a 42-16 win in the Under 17s prelude to Origin II.
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SYDNEY Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon says he is hopeful he will receive an offer that will allow him to stay at the club beyond 2006.
NEW South Wales prop Willie Mason has implored Blues selectors to keep faith with the side humbled in game two of the State Of Origin series last night.
NSW clinched the 2006 State of Origin series last night with a commanding 26-12 victory in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium and in doing so validated the media?s forecast that the concept is dead as a spectacle.
THE North Queensland Cowboys will wait until the weekend before deciding whether Johnathan Thurston takes to the field in Sunday's NRL clash against the Bulldogs on the Gold Coast.
THIS week the North Sydney Club will welcome the Penrith Club to North Sydney Oval in a replay of round six. Both teams will be champing at the bit to meet up, but for differing reasons.The Bears Jersey Flegg side while losing to the Panthers 34-22, played one of their most competitive and entertaining matches which featured the golden boot of James Maloney and a great individual performance from centre Matt ?Mad Dog? McDougall. No doubt the boys see a win in their sights and will pull-out all the stops to achieve it this Sunday.However James Maloney has since been promoted to Premier League and will join his team mates in a revenge attack on the team that beat them [the Cougars] 66-24. Statistically this season, the next match played after the bye was the Bears best game of the season winning against the Bulldogs athome 42-32.The Jersey Flegg will battle the Penrith Panthers at 1:00 p.m. while the Premier League will seek revenge against the St Marys/Perith Cougars at 2:30 p.m. at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 18th June. BE THERE!PICTURED: Norths Flegg prop Mitchell Erickson takes a run against the Roosters. Photo: Steve LittleThe North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860,by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.THIS WEEKENDS TEAMSNorth Sydney Premier League v St Marys-Penrith1. Richard Retimana2. Anthony Beare3. Ryan Shortland4. Filinga Filiga5. Karl Johnson6. Daniel Russell (c)7. James Maloney8. Aaron Trinder9. Ben Ellis10. Michael Harper11. Chris Saab12. Matt Bartlett13. Brad Domek14. Ryan Russell15. Bede Tuohy16. Scott Perrin17. Andrew Moodie22. Eddie SuaCoach - Josh WhiteNorth Sydney Jersey Flegg v St Marys-Penrith1. Matt McDougall2. Chris Heasman3. Bladen Baird4. Daniel Phillips5. Ryan Wilson6. Jason Saliba7. Liam Foran8. Mitchell Erickson9. Gavin Duncan10. Pio Rokomaqisa11. Mick Morris12. Arnold Mano13. Chris Dears14. Tim McDonald15. Michael Jones16. Tupo PeauaCoach - Steve Carter
MOGG?S debut just a tease
QUEENSLAND'S crushing victory has quickly turned the State of Origin series decider at Melbourne's Telstra Dome into a sellout. Ticket offices were rushed in the wake of the Maroons' 30-6 upset win at Suncorp Stadium last night and remaining tickets for the July 5 match were snapped up for the 53,355-capacity venue.
STATE of Origin hero Justin Hodges is in serious doubt for Brisbane's NRL showdown with St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants have signed Wests Tigers prop forward John Skandalis on a two year contract. The 29 year old, who is 190cm and 107kgs, will join the Giants for the start of Super League XII. Skandalis, who has made over 200 NRL appearances, played for Wests in the 2005 NRL Grand Final and this season made his third appearance for the City Origin side in the recent City v Country Origin game.
THE NRL has announced that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the South Sydney Rabbitohs at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, 9 July. Kick-off has been scheduled for 3:00pm.
WARRINGTON have confirmed the signing of Great Britain forward Adrian Morley on a four-year contract.