Mitchell Pearce isn't the only Rooster set to be let off the leash for the first time in 2016 this weekend.
Cowboys star Lachlan Coote never wanted to leave North Queensland, but he was damn close after being offered a four-year deal from the Roosters.
Bragging rights are at stake for a few players ahead of their respective representative camps when Manly take on North Queensland this weekend.
The Storm have been dealt another huge injury blow to their outside backs, as both Young Tonumaipea and Marika Koroibete are in doubt for Sunday's match.
South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis and his Wests Tigers opposite number James Tedesco go head-to-head in Round 9 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
NRL veteran Sia Soliola has re-signed with Canberra until the end of the 2018 season.
Penrith are expecting centre Dean Whare to be ruled out for the remainder of the NRL season after suffering a suspected torn ACL at training.
The Dragons head across to Auckland on the back of two straight wins to face a Warriors side reeling following a heavy loss to the Storm on Anzac Day.
Both clubs will be searching for their sixth consecutive victory as the Broncos travel outside of Queensland for the first time since their loss to Penrith.
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