The growing influence of Pacific Island players in the NRL means eligibility rules must become more flexible, says Nigel Vagana and Tonga coach Kristian Woolf.
Curtis Scott was one of the most sought after players on the open market, with up to half-a-dozen clubs reportedly chasing his signature.
Jillaroos coach Steve Folkes has a somewhat revamped side with an eye on next year's World Cup while Ferns coach Alan Jackson also has a couple of new faces.
Raiders props and best mates Paul Vaughan and Shannon Boyd are set to thrive for Country Origin this weekend.
New Zealand have suffered yet another injury blow with Shaun Kenny-Dowall ruled out of Friday's Test against Australia.
He is excited to represent City Origin, but Leilani Latu could just as easily be playing for Italy or Tonga.
Despite planning their downfall on Friday night, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga can't help but admire what the Kiwis national side have achieved in recent years.
Official team lists for the men's and women's Australia and New Zealand teams plus City, Country, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
Broncos and Kangaroos fullback Darius Boyd is excited at the prospect of wearing the Australian No.1 jersey for the first time on home soil.
Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards says his team is determined to emulate the unstoppable form that saw them win the Holden Cup in 2015.