After Jame Lyon's mid-week retirement announcement, Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett expects his side to rally around their leader as the Cowboys visit Brookvale.
Matthew Wright only signed with the Sea Eagles last week after being granted an early release from his contract with the Cowboys. Now he is ready to face them.
Plenty of team changes are expected for this weekend's games, no more so than in New Zealand with Warriors coach Andrew McFadden dropping six players.
Bragging rights are at stake for a few players ahead of their respective representative camps when Manly take on North Queensland this weekend.
Sea Eagles firebrand Martin Taupau is ready to take on the Cowboys and in particular his New Zealand teammate Jason Taumalolo on Saturday night.
Manly veteran Steve Matai wants to send his long-term centre partner Jamie Lyon out on a high in his final season in the NRL.
The Dragons start to climb while the pressure mounts on the Warriors and Wests Tigers two months into the 2016 season.
Manly skipper Jamie Lyon will retire from then NRL at the end of the 2016 season, bringing down the curtain on a storied 17-year career.
Big wins from Canberra and the Storm are cause for the whole heap of green and purple that headline NRL.com's Round 8 Team of the Week.
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.