It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland coach Mal Meninga feel the need to publicly defend his form.
Coincidence rather than design was behind the Eels starting Monday's match with eight players of Polynesian descent and four Aborigines.
Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to ensure the match is a legitimate Origin trial.
A try in the dying seconds to Paul Vaughan handed the Raiders a thrilling 24-22 victory over the Storm.
James Gavet, the terror of the Wests Tigers forward pack, wasn’t joking when he said, had it not been for rugby league, he would probably be in the sewers deep beneath Auckland shovelling muck for a living.
The Dragons couldn’t end their hoodoo Melbourne Storm hoodoo on Monday night but they managed to extend their unbeaten streak against the Warriors to 10 with a 20-10 win at WIN Jubilee Oval on Saturday.
He's 50, played his last game of football in 1993 but Craig Catterick has skills that NSW Origin captain Paul Gallen acknowledged made him a hot property in the modern game.
Souths forward Chris McQueen says if Canterbury has proven one thing in recent weeks it is that they are genuine premiership contenders.
Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored late to clinch victory for his side against Cronulla.
Officials involved in the obstruction call that robbed Cowboys could be axed after refs boss admitted "real questions" about the decision.