The Cowboys have named a full strength squad for their Round 1 Telstra Premiership clash with Canberra, but an injury cloud looms over Antonio Winterstein.
Two of rugby league's longest active streaks will go head-to-head, with history to be made at Belmore Sports Ground between the Bulldogs and Storm.
This has been one of the most anticipated games of the opening round since Wests Tigers club legend Robbie Farah announced he was on the move to the Rabbitohs.
While many are tipping a big Panthers victory, wet conditions and home ground advantage could make this Round 1 clash a lot closer than expected.
The 2012 grand finalists will be motivated to kick-start their 2017 Telstra Premiership campaign with a strong opening win at Belmore.
The defending premiers start their Telstra Premiership title defence at home against the Broncos on Thursday night in what is a match between two heavyweights.
In 2017, NRL.com and NRL clubs will announce squads of 21 players at 4.00pm on Tuesdays, with 19-man squads named 24 hours prior to kick-off for every match.
New Manly recruit Curtis Sironen admits he wasn't putting in the same level of desperation at former club Wests Tigers once he got complacent in first grade.
Brisbane face each of last year's top four in the opening month of the NRL season, but captain Darius Boyd can see the silver lining.
Grand final captains Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith have launched the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Season and a new marketing campaign for 2017.