NSW coach Laurie Daley has thrown his support behind Robbie Farah and insists the new South Sydney recruit is still his first-choice hooker.
Benji Marshall is reportedly set to be thrown a lifeline by Brisbane as the veteran playmaker seeks an NRL swan song.
Simon Mannering has been ruled out of the upcoming Four Nations campaign in England.
The Kiwis' No 1 ranking is looking a bit shaky.
For the second time in a year, Martin Taupau has earned a new contract away on Kiwi duty.
Warriors centre Solomone Kata and Canberra winger Jordan Rapana have taken unlikely routes to the Kiwis jersey, but both demanded selection after standout NRL seasons this year.
James Maloney could be rewarded for his stellar NRL season with a spot on the Kangaroos bench for Saturday's test against New Zealand in Perth.
The Kiwis will be without former captain Simon Mannering for Saturday's transtasman test against Australia in Perth as he continues his recovery from minor knee surgery.
Another big name as been confirmed for the Auckland NRL Nines.
David Fusitua has signed a new deal with the Warriors, that will keep him at Mt Smart until the end of this decade.
The Warriors have denied any contractual deadline could jeopardise the club's signing of Kieran Foran and remain confident the deal will be approved by the NRL to allow him to play at Mt Smart next season.
Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson might be the King of the NRL Auckland Nines but star North Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston is coming to claim his throne next year.
Otago notched a 50% win record at the South Island under-19 tournament in Christchurch at the weekend.
The Cronulla Sharks withstood a Melbourne Storm onslaught in a breathless finish to clinch a 14-12 victory and their first NRL title in their 50th season last night.
History beckons for Cronulla and a place in the rugby league pantheon for Melbourne.
Melbourne made Cronulla wait on Thursday, so the Sharks are going to return the favour.
They were inseparable after 16 games, and nothing changed after 26.
Cooper Cronk's historic week could continue on tonight with the Melbourne star headlining a strong contingent of players for the Dally M medal.
James Maloney knows plenty about grand finals and the Cronulla star reckons his halves partner Chad Townsend is primed for the game of his life in the NRL decider against Melbourne.
Melbourne can stamp their reputation as the greatest team of the NRL era after moving into next week's grand final with a tense 14-12 win over Canberra.