NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan has announced a restructure of lower-tier rugby league competitions in New South Wales and Queensland.
Two new state-based competitions will be run in NSW and Queensland from 2018 as part of a new pathway program for elite NRL players.
Cowboys coach Paul Green has effectively shut the door on teen sensation Kalyn Ponga making an early exit from Townsville, insisting he remains key to 2017.
Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith says he feels fitter than at any stage of his career and has no plans to draw the curtain on his representative career.
Canberra hooker Kurt Baptiste has signed a new two-year deal to remain in the nation's capital through to the end of the 2018 season.
The Kangaroos may have form on their side but New Zealand have had no trouble springing a surprise in tournament finals against Australia in the past.
Cronulla's defence of their Telstra Premiership campaign will be launched in Redcliffe when they take on the Brisbane Broncos in the first of their pre-season.
Check out which teams your club will face in the group stage of the 2017 NRL Downer Auckland Nines in February.
He's only just met some of his new teammates, but Panthers recruit James Tamou says he'd happily embrace a leadership role once he settles in at his new club.
Ahead of the Four Nations final between Australia and New Zealand we discuss both teams' campaigns so far and make our predictions for the decider.