After missing out on captain the Junior Kiwis earlier this year, Penrith rookie James Fisher-Harris could get a surprise call-up to the Four Nations.
Penrith's General Manager Phil Gould labelled prop Leilani Latu as an important component to the Panthers moving forward and he wasn't wrong.
We all appreciate what wonderful athletes we have in the NRL but if the game's best were in Rio this week, which sport would they see themselves competing in?
Led by skipper Matt Moylan, representative back-rower Trent Merrin and champion hooker Peter Wallace, the Panthers are pressing for a finals berth.
The gap between the NRL's best and the rest shrunk significantly this week, with three of the league's top four teams struggling.
Panthers lock Trent Merrin handed his jersey over to a fan following his side's win over the Roosters, and says he is proud to represent a "special" club.
Roosters prop Kane Evans has been cited for dangerous contact, the only player charged in the Panthers' win over the Roosters on Monday night.
The key talking points, injuries and judiciary news from the weekend's NRL Telstra Premiership action.
Panthers half Nathan Cleary continued his meteoric rugby league rise on Monday night with a try and two assists in Penrith's 38-18 win over the Roosters.
A Nathan Cleary masterclass has propelled the Panthers back into the Telstra Premiership top eight with a big win over a Roosters side missing Mitch Pearce.