After almost three years out of the game, Dragons recruit Russell Packer has been given an early boost in his bid to return to first grade in Round 1.
The Downer NRL Auckland Nines gave NRL Fantasy coaches their first chance to see players in competitive action this year. Which players caught the eye?
Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been ruled out of Saturday's Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game with a calf strain.
Despite falling short of his ultimate goal at the Auckland Nines, Warriors skipper Shaun Johnson said the two-day tournament was exactly what he needed.
Dragons, England and World All Stars playmaker Gareth Widdop can't wait to begin working under World All Stars and new England coach Wayne Bennett.
Semi-finalists Parramatta, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and the Warriors supplied all nine members of the official Auckland Nines Team of the Tournament.
Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell has vowed to change his running style after yet another kneeing incident at the NRL Auckland Nines.
North Queensland speedster Gideon Gela-Mosby has been told he will be left out of the side's World Club Challenge squad.
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has played down the hype surrounding young fullback Bevan French after his starring performance at the NRL Auckland Nines.
Disappointed Jillaroos captain Steph Hancock on the state of the women's game, the progress being made off the field and making a ball girl's day.