MELBOURNE veteran Matt Geyer and retiring Brisbane five-eighth Ben Ikin have emerged as Kangaroo tour wildcards with incumbent Australian pivot Shaun Timmins expected to rule himself out of the tour this week.
WYNNUM ended Tweed Head?s fantastic debut season in the Queensland Cup with a
40-22 elimination final win in the ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. In front of a big vocal crowd it was Tweed that dominated the first half with the Seagulls guilty of uncharacteristic errors. Halfback David Hicks crossed for an early try for Tweed to lead 6-0 but Wynnum front row Cameron Durnford levelled the scores with a strong try. Further tries to second rower Luke O?Dwyer and Eddie Harrison gave Tweed Heads a handy 16-6 advantage but a lapse of concentration allowed Jimmy Ahmat to sneak over for a try on the half-time hooter for a 16-10 scoreline.
THE semi final matches in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition proved to be very exciting as expected. The Eastern Tornadoes side now bow out of the running as we head into the major semi-final next weekend.
STACEY Jones capped off a perfect weekend for the New Zealand Warriors with news he is fit to retake the field.
ST George Illawarra halfback Brett Firman has been ruled out of this Friday's clash with the Broncos in Brisbane following confirmation that he will have a shoulder reconstruction.
INAUGURAL Melbourne Storm winger Marcus Bai will play his last match in Melbourne this week when the Storm meets the Manly Sea Eagles in the final round of the Telstra Premiership.
STAR halfback Stacey Jones has been named in the Warriors starting 13 for this weekend's NRL clash against Wests Tigers at Ericsson Stadium.
VETERAN Canberra five-eighth Jason Croker says he could be back from a broken ankle in time for the National Rugby League grand final.
MELBOURNE prop Mitchell Sargent has agreed to terms with North Queensland for the next two years.
BRISBANE centre Brent Tate will continue his battle to play in Friday night's NRL clash with the Dragons when the Broncos train on the Gold Coast later today.
THE Bulldogs expect Travis Norton and Andrew Ryan to return for Saturday night's National Rugby League clash with Cronulla, but Braith Anasta is at least another week away.
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier and winger Nathan Blacklock were last night ruled out of Friday's clash with the Broncos in Brisbane after failing to complete training.
Gasnier (quadriceps) and Blacklock (knee) were earlier named to play in the final regular season match for 2004, but they were unable to train through their injuries yesterday afternoon.
Gasnier will be replaced by John Wilshere and Blacklock will be replaced by Hassan Saleh.
FRIDAY 5th September 2003
BRISBANE v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA at Suncorp Stadium at 7.35pm.
PENRITH Panthers coach , John Lang has named his squad to take on the Parramatta Eels at Penrith Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
THE National Rugby League has ruled out any immediate law changes as Warrior Brent Webb's lengthy goalkicking routine comes under the spotlight again.