The end to one of the great rugby league careers the game has ever known is fast coming to a close, and Johnathan Thurston knows it.
As the first community ambassadors for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup were unveiled there was a clear message that local people would be at the forefront.
A shock loss in the opening match of last year's three-game Nines series against the Jillaroos has the Kiwi Ferns more focused this time around.
Despite being named in the No.13 jersey for the Broncos' first hit-out of the trial period Jai Arrow isn't getting ahead of himself, with competition fierce.
For three young New Zealand Warriors props an already special week in the lead-up to the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines has been made that much better.
Raiders prop Jeff Lima, captaining the side at this weekend's Auckland Nines, will retire at the end of the 2017 NRL season.
Warriors legend Ali Lauiti'iti believes that new captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has the qualities needed to lead the club into a new era of success.
Seasoned campaigners Kyle Turner and Dave Tyrrell are confident the Rabbitohs can handle the loss of star playmaker Adam Reynolds at the Auckland Nines.
On the eve of the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines, a full wrap of the important NRL Fantasy news from the past week that could impact your Fantasy selections.
Gold Coast captain-in-waiting Ryan James believes that the birth of a daughter at Christmas has brought out a different side to superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne.