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The Bulldogs and Cowboys have named their final teams for their crucial Round 25 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at Belmore Sports Ground.
The close bond shared between unlikely mates Nathan Peats and Trent Merrin has served them well as they embarked on parallel and extraordinary careers.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett says the Broncos' record-breaking 48-6 loss to Melbourne in Round 17 means nothing heading into Friday night's rematch.
Eels prop Danny Wicks has signed a new two-year deal, set to remain at Parramatta until the end of the 2018 season.
The retirement of Manly great Jamie Lyon could open the door for Jake Trbojevic to take on the full-time captaincy role - but he might not be the only one.
This weekend's Intrust Super Cup Round 25 match looms as the biggest match in Josh Hannay's three-year tenure with Souths Logan.
The Cowboys' established backline aren't assured of a starting spot every week with Javid Bowen waiting in the wings to join the 17 at any stage.
Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has been sidelined for an indefinite period after injuring his hand in training on Wednesday.
Billy Slater's future depends on the success of his 2017 NRL pre-season but the Melbourne fullback will have more scans before it even begins.