N-R-L CHIEF EXECUTIVE DAVID SMITH HAS DEFENDED THE REPUTATION OF THE CODE... IN THE WAKE OF THE AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION REPORT... INTO DRUGS AND CORRUPTION IN SPORT.

MANLY, NEWCASTLE, PENRITH, NORTH QUEENSLAND, CRONULLA, AND CANBERRA CAME FORWARD OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS... TO CONFIRM THEY'VE BEEN IMPLICATED IN THE A-C-C'S INVESTIGATION.

SMITH SAYS THE INVESTIGATION SHOULDN'T TAINT ALL CLUBS AND PLAYERS.

AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN MICHAEL CLARKE HAS LEFT FOR INDIA... CONFIDENT HE'LL BE FIT FOR THE FIRST TEST LATER THIS MONTH.

AUSTRALIA WILL PLAY IN A 3 DAY TOUR MATCH AGAINST THE HOSTS THIS WEEKEND... AS A FINAL HIT OUT BEFORE THE 4 TEST SERIES STARTS IN CHENNAI... ON FEBRUARY 22.

QUEENSLAND REDS PROP JAMES SLIPPER WILL LEAD QUEENSLAND IN ITS SEASON OPENING SUPER RUGBY MATCH AGAINST THE BRUMBIES ON SATURDAY... WITH JAMES HORWILL RULED OUT WITH AN ANKLE INJURY.

HORWILL HASN'T PLAYED SINCE TEARING HIS HAMSTRING AGAINST THE BRUMBIES LAST MAY.

BLACK CAVIAR WILL MAKE HER COMEBACK TO RACING AT FELMINGTON ON SATURDAY... IN HER FIRST RACE SINCE VICTORY AT ROYAL ASCOT LAST YEAR.

TRAINER PETER MOODY SAYS HE'S IMPRESSED WITH THE MARE'S FORM... IN THE LEAD UP TO HER RETURN.