Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson will unleash new signing Joe Burgess at the Auckland Nines but has kept his new halves pairing in cotton wool.
Just 12 months ago Justin O'Neill thought he might be confined to reserve grade. He's now knocking loudly on the Origin door after winning a second Premiership.
Player accountability will prove the difference for Newcastle's young squad in 2016 according to club legend and assistant coach Danny Buderus.
Wayne Bennett admits it won't be easy to turn England into World Cup champions but reckons juggling his NRL duties with Brisbane won't be a problem.
NRL.com sat down with Eels flyer and World All Stars representative Semi Radradra to reflect on his incredible rugby league journey to date.
The 2016 Auckland Nines may only be the third edition of the pre-season tournament but the competition has already unearthed its fair share of breakout stars.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters has been given an unexpected opportunity to showcase the same leadership and authority that made him such a respected player.
Adam Reynolds, Jeremy Smith, Michael Ennis, Jordan Kahu and Chris Lawrence have all been added to the World All Stars squad for the 2016 All Stars match.
Blake Green will lead a mixture of young players and experienced campaigners when he takes the reigns as captain of the Storm at the Downer Auckland Nines.
Cowboys coach Paul Green has named 13 of the 17 players who won the 2015 NRL Grand Final to travel to Auckland for the Downer Auckland Nines.