Rugby league's Modified Games Program for players between 6 and 12 years will undergo its first substantial law changes since their introduction in 1982.
Cam Smith is a surprise starter for the Storm and could prove to be the difference in this Round 1 clash against St George Illawarra in Melbourne.
Eels coach Brad Arthur insists star recruit Anthony Watmough's mind will be on the job when he comes up against his old club Manly this weekend.
Four newcomers have been included in a preliminary Australian Jillaroos squad ahead of their Test match against the Kiwi Ferns in May.
Channel Nine commentator Scott Sattler believes the addition of the Townsville Blackhawks adds to northern Queensland's Intrust Super Cup stranglehold.
It's a blockbuster to kick of the new season, with the red hot reigning premiers up against Wayne Bennett's star-studded Broncos.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden insists his side won't be disadvantaged through the early rounds by new ruck interpretations aimed at speeding up the game.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler is expecting a new rule interpretation around the ruck to lead to inflated penalty counts in the opening rounds.
They both struggled in 2014, but already the signs are positive for the Sharks and Raiders heading into their Round 1 clash.
The NRL season kicks off tonight so it's time to get your Fantasy squad sorted. Which stars are you going to lock in? Which rookies are you taking a punt on?