GARY Freeman believes Penrith pair Tony Puletua and Joe Galuvao are must selections as New Zealand sets about posting a rare test win over the Kangaroos on Australian soil.
GREAT Britain coach David Waite has named his initial, 28-man squad for the Ashes Series in the Autumn, while the England A squad has also been named for their representative games.
The Lions will meet Australia on consecutive Saturday's in November at Wigan, Hull and Huddersfield, and tickets for the Test Series go on sale on Monday morning.
FINDING a halves partner for Stacey Jones is the most pressing concern for new Kiwis rugby league coach Daniel Anderson three weeks out from his maiden test in charge against world champions Australia.
RUSSIA'S national rugby league team are to make a five-match tour of the South Island in April 2004, culminating with a match against the South Island in Christchurch on Anzac Day.
THE NSWRL Premier League competition heads into Round 13 this weekend, starting tonight with the Dragons hosting Balmain. The Tigers beat the Dragons not too long ago, so after some patchy play last weekend, the Dragons will have to on their game if they want to hold onto their second spot on the ladder.
Dragons vs Balmain
Friday 4th July 2003, Kogarah Jubilee Oval. Kick off at 5.30pm. Ref: Tony Archer.
THE split Round 10 in the New Zealand Bartercard Cup competition has seen the first half of the round already played, the second half of the round to be played this weekend.
IN Bulls Eye this week, Brian Noble and Paul Anderson, look at Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 17 clash at Belle Vue against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
ST Helens continued their good run of form with a 32-18 defeat of Widnes Vikings at Knowsley Road on Friday night.
They had not conceded tries in defeating Halifax and Bradford in the past fortnight, and continued their impressive defensive work to set the platform for this victory.
THE Sydney Roosters have demolished the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 38-10 here tonight at Aussie Stadium.
CHANNEL Nine will televise tonight's Brisbane Broncos match against St George Illawarra live to accommodate Mark Philippoussis' Wimbledon semi-final.
FORMER Gold Coast Chargers coach Phil Economidis says he's interested in the head coaching position at Manly next season.
THEY'RE the sort of off-loading stats normally associated with Ali Lauiti'iti, not a reserve prop under instructions last year to simply cart the ball up for National Rugby League (NRL) sinners Canterbury Bulldogs.
MORE player movements continue to rumble at South Sydney with the Rabbitohs negotiating with Willie Manu from the Tigers and the signing of Ben Reynolds from the Panthers. Reynolds is the understudy to Craig Gower while current halfback Willie Peters is rumoured to be heading back to the U.K after what can only be classed as an unsuccessful stint in the NRL.
THE Penrith Panthers have continued their outstanding form with a 20-0 drubbing of the Sharks at Toyota Park to move into equal first place with the Brisbane Broncos after 17 rounds.
THE Cowboys finally end their 4 game losing streak with a fine win over the NZ Warriors by 30-10.