Both South Sydney and the Wests Tigers have included a club rookie on the bench for Thursday night's clash at ANZ Stadium.
The Parramatta Eels have granted Kieran Foran an indefinite leave of absence to seek the best possible medical treatment regarding a personal matter.
The St George Illawarra Dragons on Thursday confirmed they were aware Head Coach Paul McGregor was charged with low range drink driving on Sunday morning.
Mitchell Pearce isn't the only Rooster set to be let off the leash for the first time in 2016 this weekend.
Cowboys star Lachlan Coote never wanted to leave North Queensland, but he was damn close after being offered a four-year deal from the Roosters.
Bragging rights are at stake for a few players ahead of their respective representative camps when Manly take on North Queensland this weekend.
The Storm have been dealt another huge injury blow to their outside backs, as both Young Tonumaipea and Marika Koroibete are in doubt for Sunday's match.
South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis and his Wests Tigers opposite number James Tedesco go head-to-head in Round 9 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
NRL veteran Sia Soliola has re-signed with Canberra until the end of the 2018 season.
Penrith are expecting centre Dean Whare to be ruled out for the remainder of the NRL season after suffering a suspected torn ACL at training.