With the 2017 Downer Auckland Nines now less than a month away, NRL.com looks at the players – both young and old – they hope will feature at Eden Park.
It's the toughest part of the year for most, and each club has their own unique pre-season torture tests, but which stand out for some of the game's stars?
How many of the players on this list will you include in your side when the official Fantasy game of the NRL opens for 2017 in the coming weeks?
Melbourne say they've got the talent to cover the loss of code-hopper Marika Koroibete for the 2017 NRL season.
Whether they have a whole season under their belt or a handful of games these are 10 of the NRL's hottest prospects set to play in their second season of NRL.
2016 will be remembered for Cronulla's drought-breaker, a rivalry unlike any other and the continued emergence of the women's game according to David Middleton.
They're the edge weapons that are not only charged with a heavy defensive workload, but also running off their side's chief orchestrators in attack.
The speedsters score the tries, the playmakers win the awards, but it's the big boppers who do the tough work that gives their team a winning advantage.
Hookers are rugby league's busiest players, required to control the tempo of their team in attack and be a rock in the middle of the park in defence.
A quick glance at Dally M history tells you that halfbacks are considered the most important players in the game. Here are the five best in the business.