The North Queensland Cowboys will put the finishing touches to their preparations for the World Club Challenge with a trial game against the Blackhawks.
James Graham is concerned that rule changes to be introduced into the NRL this season will make Johnathan Thurston next to impossible to contain.
Justin O'Neill has some stern advice for his North Queensland teammates ahead of the World Club Challenge: You don't know what you're in for.
While the Nines format is different to a standard Telstra Premiership fixture, there's still plenty to learn from the stats from the 2016 Auckland Nines.
North Queensland speedster Gideon Gela-Mosby has been told he will be left out of the side's World Club Challenge squad.
Melbourne have progressed to the semi-finals with a win over the Cowboys, but might be without Cameron Munster who left the field through injury.
Wests Tigers have pulled off the upset of the tournament so far, edging the Cowboys 13-12 despite being outscored three tries to two.
Reigning NRL premiers North Queensland lived up to the hype to thrash the Newcastle Knights in their opening game of the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Super League champions Leeds will be without skipper Danny McGuire for up to two months with a knee injury - ruling him out of the World Club Challenge.
Don't be fooled by the strength of the Cowboys' Downer NRL Auckland Nines squad this weekend, it is all about preparing for a long season ahead.