Preston Campbell appearing on The NRL Podcast.

The NRL Podcast takes you behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the game, delving into the issues on and off the field in the Telstra Premiership.

Campbell calls for Australia Day discussion

Preston Campbell, the driving force behind the NRL Indigenous All Stars concept, has called for a national discussion about the significance of Australia Day being on January 26 to help settle on a date that the whole country can celebrate.

"It hurts the Indigenous people of Australia but for the non-Indigenous people of Australia it is something that they are so proud," Campbell told "For us to move forward we need to talk about what it means and we just need to respect each other's views or thoughts on it."

Campbell also details the impact of the Stolen Generation on his family during a special podcast ahead of the historic All Stars match against New Zealand Maori in Melbourne on February 15, which he believes will take the concept to a new level.

Why all three Queensland clubs will play finals

Steve Renouf is tipping that the Broncos, Titans and Cowboys will all play finals football in 2019.

The three Queensland-based clubs last reached the finals together in 2016, the only occasion that has occurred since the Titans entered the competition in 2007.

Renouf has identified new Titans signings Shannon Boyd and Tyrone Peachey as pivotal to their surge into finals football, with the continued development of AJ Brimson another factor.

The experience of Josh McGuire and attacking brilliance of Ben Barba are tipped to help inspire the Cowboys into the top four and Renouf insists Michael Morgan is ready to step up after the retirement of Johnathan Thurston to run the team.

In the Broncos' case, it is the continued development of enforcer Tevita Pangai jnr and talisman five-eighth Anthony Milford that Renouf believes will lift the Broncos into the top two and challenge for the title along with the return of Maroons and Test back-rower Matt Gillett from injury.

Soward's early 2019 predictions

After providing power rankings for each team after every round in 2018, premiership-winning five-eighth Jamie Soward has given a detailed insight into who he thinks will be the big movers next season.

Despite the retirement of Johnathan Thurston, Soward has identified the North Queensland Cowboys as the team to improve the most – climbing from 13th to well inside the top eight.

Soward also thinks the Newcastle Knights will benefit from Nathan Brown's ability to recruit the likes of David Klemmer and play finals football for the first time since 2013.

The former New South Wales playmaker also has his say on whether this year's premiers – the Roosters – will go back-to-back, and whether the Parramatta Eels can avoid a second straight wooden spoon.

NRL Podcast: Lewis on league, life and his cancer battle

Without a positive outlook on life Luke Lewis may not have enjoyed an illustrious NRL career or beaten cancer.

In 2012, the two-time premiership winner endured the toughest period of his life. He was first told he was no longer wanted at his boyhood club – the Penrith Panthers – to then be diagnosed with thyroid cancer shortly after singing with Cronulla.

Instead of fearing the worst, Lewis phoned Shane Flanagan to ensure his new coach he hadn't signed a "dud".

In the latest NRL Podcast, Lewis speaks to Zac Bailey about the period in his life is detailed in his recently released autobiography Cool Hand Luke Lewis.

The 35-year-old spoke about his rise from NRL hopeful to grand final hero and how he dealt with several setbacks across his 18-year professional career.

Cool Hand Luke Lewis can be purchased from all good bookstores or online at

The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the NRL, ARLC, NRL clubs or state associations.