Cronulla forward David Fifita has been granted personal leave to address family issues with brother Latu in the United Kingdom.
While they're now at different clubs, NSW coach Laurie Daley will be hoping several Blues can tap into the existing combinations they formed in previous years.
Having been overlooked for the Origin series opener in favour of Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner, Wade Graham had every right to be disappointed.
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.
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.
James Maloney and Adam Reynolds are acutely aware of the pressure on them as the latest State of Origin halves partnership for NSW.
Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend, the only local junior in the NRL side's first-choice 17, dreams of being a part of a breakthrough premiership victory.
There has been movement among the top four teams, while the Titans are defiantly continuing their charge towards the top eight and an NRL finals berth.
Sharks young-gun Jack Bird understands why he wasn't selected by NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley for the State of Origin opener, but hasn't given up hope.
The Broncos and Cowboys added another thrilling chapter to their rivalry, the Panthers lost another game inside the final three minutes and much more.