After suspensions to other rising Maroons stars, Moses Mbye could be in the frame to make his Origin debut earlier than expected.
Coach Craig Bellamy is remaining coy on future but says off-contract halfback Cooper Cronk should finish his NRL career at the Melbourne Storm.
Semi Radradra has promised to bring pride and passion to a World All Stars team now infused with a greater international flavour.
After a solid showing at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, Panthers utility Isaah Yeo has embraced the old 'jack of all trades' adage for upcoming season.
He had his doubts when joining the club, but Titans recruit Chris McQueen says a strong showing at the Nines has his young teammates ready for first grade.
Storm prop Jesse Bromwich says joining the illustrious group of players who have received the Kiwis Player of the Year award was a humbling experience.
Indigenous All Stars forward Sam Thaiday believes the All Stars concept should remain, and suggested looking at alternate venues for the annual clash.
A late call-up to the World All Stars squad will enable Ryan Hoffman to share in a unique piece of history involving his father Jay and coach Wayne Bennett.
Manly young gun Matt Parcell has been given a clear run to stake his claim for the starting hooker spot after injuries to his teammates.
An expired visa has seen Konrad Hurrell miss the start of the World All Stars camp, after he was called into the squad to replace Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.