Growing up in the tiny town of St George, 500km west of Brisbane, the locals knew Ashley Taylor was always destined for big things on the football field.
It is a job he feels comfortable in but Maroons great Billy Slater hopes that his position as an assistant coach with Queensland this year is only temporary.
With Paul Gallen's current deal set to expire at the end of 2016, Sharks teammate Wade Graham believes his skipper should play on next season.
While they finished strong against the Knights, Tigers coach Jason Taylor knows a repeat effort won't be enough even against a weakened Broncos side.
After creating a 'safe place' on the field away from the club's dramas, Eels players are relishing the chance to let their football do the talking in Newcastle.
Adam Reynolds studied Cooper Cronk's game fastidiously and it is hard not to see similarities in their playing styles as they get ready for Origin showdown.
There's no doubt Johnathan Thurston will be ready for the opening Holden State of Origin game on June 1, despite carrying a bruised hip into Maroons camp.
In halves James Maloney and Adam Reynolds, NSW have the kicking game to trouble Queensland in the opening game of the 2016 State of Origin series.
After signing a new three-year deal with the Wests Tigers Chris Lawrence is keen to play a role in the development of the club's batch of talented youngsters.
The Gold Coast Titans have announced the signing of former Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell on a deal through to the end of the 2017 season.