For the second year in a row, the Panthers and Cowboys finished the NYC season first and second, but for the first time in NYC history, they meet in a final.
Despite being partly responsible for ending his NRL career, Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott says the retiring Corey Parker is deserving of a Four Nations berth.
NRL.com's Lone Scout takes a closer look at who you should be including in your NRL Fantasy Finals Match Day sides for both preliminary finals.
Andrew Voss on the premiership favourites, the greatness of Johnathan Thurston, the changes to the Kangaroos and the Super League's try-scoring freak.
Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston says last week's taxing semi-final against Brisbane was "one of the toughest games" in his career.
After stellar ends to the season in 2016 Mitchell Pearce and Mitch Moses will team up for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
He produced an amazing solo try against the Melbourne Storm in 2014 and Raiders prop Paul Vaughan is keen for more of the same this weekend.
Prop Ryan James has vowed to use Saturday's game for the PM's XIII to prove to Mal Meninga that he is worthy of a place in the Kangaroos Four Nations squad.
He enjoyed a breakthrough rookie season but Titans half Ashley Taylor insists the return of Kane Elgey from injury will push him to greater heights next season.
The Parramatta Eels have announced the re-signing of Brad Takairangi until the end of the 2019 season.