Friday Fever: Five-day turnarounds, Origin chances
Join host Bill Woods, Renee Gartner and former Kangaroos and Blues legend Brad Fittler as they preview a huge weekend of rugby league and take a look at some of the talking points from around the game.
This week the panel discuss five-day turnarounds, Jarrod Croker's remarkable scoring record, and the State of Origin chances of Josh Mansour, Aidan Sezer, Blake Austin, James Tedesco, Jake and Tom Trbojevic, Ben Barba and Daly Cherry-Evans.
On the subject of short turnarounds, Gartner said it won't just be the players who would benefit from the move being pushed by the RLPA to scrap five-day breaks between matches prior to 2018.
"I think the game is becoming more intense, and faster, and by 2018 we're going to see that happening a lot more," she said.
"If we want to be able to see these big and exciting games, we need to be protecting the players a little bit because otherwise we're not going to have our most elite in there and from a sponsor's point of view, from a viewer's point of view, from a player's point of view, I want to see the game continue to grow."
Fittler also threw his support behind the move, hinting it might even happen prior to 2018.
"It will protect the product, they'll be better games don't worry about that. The more rested you are – and State of Origin proves this – the more intense you can play at," he added.
See this discussion in full and much more on Friday Fever, every Friday of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.