After Queensland's Origin I win rookie sensation Ash Taylor grabbed the spotlight as the Titans beat South Sydney in Perth while the Warriors stunned Brisbane.
Wayne Bennett has celebrated a 40-6 win over France in his first match as England coach.
NRL premiers Cronulla will take on Super League Champions Wigan Warriors, while the Brisbane Broncos will take on Shield winners Warrington Wolves.
Kieran Foran played what would be his final game for the Eels as the Broncos and Cowboys were beaten on a pre-Origin round.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced a two-year contract extension for hooker Damien Cook until the end of the 2019 season.
The St George Illawarra Dragons have signed Raiders forward Paul Vaughan on a three-year contract.
Benji Marshall's premiership-winning halves partner Scott Prince believes the Broncos are getting a bargain superstar who will be invaluable to the club.
A handy 13-man outfit made up entirely of players who have represented Australia without ever (yet) getting a call-up by Blues or Maroons selectors.
The Cowboys and Broncos produced another game-of-the-year contender when a Johnathan Thurston field goal once again separated the 2015 grand finalists.
England will have at least five players on debut when they play their first match under new head coach Wayne Bennett.