As he stepped onto the tarmac at the military base in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, former Bulldog Rob Worsley entered a whole new world.
Kevin Naiqama has set up an early contender for try of the season as the Wests Tigers belted a hapless Bulldogs outfit at ANZ Stadium.
It may be a battle of the league leaders against the cellar dwellers, but the Storm know they face tough test against rivals Manly on Saturday.
The Blackhawks are hosting a top-of-the-table clash with the Easts Tigers at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday afternoon but the match is just one more event.
The Australian men's and women's touch captains have both welcomed the profile boost the sport has received with the 2015 Touch World Cup about to kick off.
Rugby league will come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings across its ANZAC Round from April 24 to 26.
Melbourne Storm will have star halfback Cooper Cronk in their line-up to take on Manly at AAMI Park on Saturday night after he recovered from the flu.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says he has no plans to rest injury-plagued captain Justin Hodges ahead of Saturday night's NRL clash with Eels.
After losing to the Bulldogs in golden point just a month ago, Wests Tigers will be out for revenge when both sides meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
The 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup was officially launched in Sydney just five days out from the start of the event in Coffs Harbour.