NSW forward Trent Merrin has pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw charge from State of Origin I but is free to play this weekend.
Injured NSW Origin hopefuls Paul Gallen and Brett Morris are strong chances of making their NRL returns in Round 13.
Spirits have risen a little in Manly in recent weeks but they come up against a juggernaut this week in the form of the red-hot Cowboys.
The 'Battle of the West' is on again with the Penrith Panthers hosting the Parramatta Eels on Friday night to kick off Round 12.
Eels coach Brad Arthur admits the club's salary cap woes forced him to omit Luke Kelly this week, and that the club won't sign Sharks fullback Michael Gordon.
If ever there was a good time for the Gold Coast Titans to be facing the reigning premiers, it's this week.
A vintage local derby will kick of Round 12 as the embattled Eels travel to face a Panthers side coming off a gritty win and welcoming some key players back.
Former Warriors head coach Matt Elliott has proposed a mid-season Nines tournament as a way of making stand-alone State of Origin games a viable option.
James Tamou says he and his teammates can hold their heads high after producing a mammoth defensive effort in State of Origin I.
Queensland's Melbourne Storm stars are thrilled about the chance to clinch this year's Origin series at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground in June.