SYDNEY Roosters back-rower Anthony Tupou says the pain of losing his Australian Test spot is spurring him on in 2008.
CRONULLA lock Greg Bird will give his injured hamstring an early morning test in a desperate bid to play against Manly in the NRL match at Brookvale Oval.
PENRITH and New Zealand hard man Frank Pritchard says his new club captain Petero Civoniceva is among the toughest men he has met.
JOHNATHAN Thurston admitted he had to see a sports psychologist to get his head right before his comeback in the NRL season-opener on Friday.
THE Sydney Roosters capped a horror opening night for arch-rivals South Sydney with a stunning 34-20 NRL win at ANZ Stadium.
EELS fullback Luke Burt says premiership expectations are being felt at Parramatta, but the NRL contenders are more than capable of dealing with the pressure.
CANBERRA officials have vowed to surround Todd Carney with a team capable of challenging for the NRL premiership after he re-signed with the Raiders.
CANBERRA have won the battle to sign Todd Carney, retaining the talented halfback until at least the end of the 2010 NRL season.
STAR Sydney Roosters recruit Willie Mason will start Friday night's NRL opening round blockbuster against South Sydney from the interchange bench.
CANBERRA are expected to announce the re-signing of star halfback Todd Carney to the NRL club.