Australian coach Mal Meninga will be able to run his eye over Jarryd Hayne when they team up for next year's NRL All Stars games.
He made his NRL breakthrough in 2016, but ahead of his second season in first grade, Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jnr has more long-term goals in mind.
A lesson from Hayne all players can heed, the game's top 10, and Mitchell's post-season splurge. Our countdown of the biggest stories of 2016 continues.
In this week's NRL.com Roundtable we take a look at which of the top clubs are under the most pressure heading into the 2017 season.
The last time Jake Friend played in a representative side, he was flanked by three other NRL club captains, but that will all change in the World All Stars.
Taking part in a Craig Bellamy pre-season is never easy, but for Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, it beats sitting on the sidelines.
The stunning line-up chosen by fans to represent the Indigenous All Stars early next season has impressed coach Laurie Daley, who says it is the stronger ever.
He's hardly the biggest star at his club but Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean's exploits haven't gone unnoticed where it matters most.
A host of players will make their World and Indigenous All Stars debut in Newcastle next year in the seventh Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars occasion.
The countdown of the stories that captured the imagination continues with Bennett expressing his displeasure with golden point, Burgess departing and more.