Mitchell Pearce isn't the only Rooster set to be let off the leash for the first time in 2016 this weekend.
It's hard to imagine these two sides played in a preliminary final in 2013. Fast forward three years and this week's showdown will be a bottom-place battle.
The Dragons start to climb while the pressure mounts on the Warriors and Wests Tigers two months into the 2016 season.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has no concerns about Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson's reunion after the two were picked to play for Australia against New Zealand.
The Sydney Roosters have been issued two breach notices, each proposing a fine of $20,000, for incidents involving criticism of the referees on Anzac Day.
Ryan Matterson says he had tears in his eyes when his coach Trent Robinson told him to prepare to make his NRL debut on Anzac Day.
The Dragons continued to pile on the misery in the Roosters' horror season to date despite a valiant Tricolours second-half fightback. The key talking points.
There was plenty of drama, controversy, injuries and some massive scores in Round 8 of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Here are the main talking points.
Newcastle coach Nathan Brown refused to use his side's two early disallowed tries as an excuse in the aftermath of the Knights' 26-10 loss to the Sea Eagles.
St George Illawarra have withstood a valiant Sydney Roosters comeback to edge a memorable Anzac Day thriller 20-18 at Allianz Stadium.