Despite fielding a new-look side, several debutants and suffering injuries to key players, Melbourne sit in second spot with two wins from as many starts.
The North Queensland Cowboys are confident that the whole team will lift to make up for the absence of injured co-captain Matt Scott and Jason Taumalolo.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says it's 'unrealistic' to think Billy Slater will be an automatic selection for Queensland before he's even made his NRL return.
The 2017 edition of the Pacific Test will see the might of England clash with the brave of Samoa as part of an all international rugby league triple-header.
Warriors fullback and captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has failed to pass NRL concussion protocols and will not take to the field against Canterbury on Friday.
With plenty of key injuries and some high profile returns for Round 3 there is plenty to discuss in the NRL Fantasy Podcast.
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Brisbane Broncos lock Jai Arrow is preparing to reignite a long-running rivalry with Melbourne Storm second-row forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona on Thursday night.
Robbie Farah will be hoping for a change in fortunes when he runs out for NRL game 250 against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday afternoon.
Rampaging Titans forward Agnatius Paasi has set the scene for an explosive opening to Friday night's showdown with the Eels at Cbus Super Stadium.