NSW coach Laurie Daley hints at a return to State of Origin for former rugby league bad boy Blake Ferguson.
Shaun Johnson is on track in his recovery from a serious ankle injury and could make his return for the Warriors in the Auckland Nines.
Last year's finalists the Sharks will have to contended with a host of exciting young talent from the Dragons, Titans and Raiders in their Auckland Nines pool.
This is one of the most star-studded pools in the 2016 Auckland Nines, featuring the local heroes, the beaten NRL grand finalists and two big-name Sydney clubs.
The NRL premiers and inaugural Auckland Nines champions go up agianst three clubs packed with young talent and desperate for some success.
A complete list of all 16 NRL club's pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership.
This shapes up to be the most entertaining pool of the tournament's initial stages, including three of last season's four semi-finalists at the Nines.
Balmain legend Benny Elias says the Wests Tigers risk losing James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks if the club fail to re-sign one of their halves.
Many could mark their club debuts in the shortened form of the game while for others it will simply be an introduction to the fast and furious Auckland Nines.
The four pools of the 2016 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines have been revealed, with local favourites the Warriors to face Brisbane, Manly and the Bulldogs.