Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis says he would understand if Ben Barba wanted to quit the club for family reasons.
There's winning a State of Origin, and there's winning a State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium. The task ahead of NSW is highlighted by the fact that just six players in the present squad have ever experienced the latter, an Origin win in Brisbane.
Several club chief executives believe the NRL and clubs should consider supplying players with bodyguards to keep them out of off-field trouble.
The Newcastle Knights' immediate future appears safe, with Nathan Tinkler's $10.3 million club bank guarantee remaining despite the sale of his interest in Whitehaven Coal.
The wife of Bulldogs forward says she is unlikely to return to Manly following racial abuse.
Mal Meninga was asked to leave a bar on Tuesday while celebrating the birthdays of Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.
Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis has revealed his team is preparing for the possibility of Sydney Roosters forward Sonny Bill Williams starting at five-eighth in their match on Friday night.
Origin: For every Blake Ferguson there are any number of Nathan Merritts involved in rugby league, which makes the South Sydney winger's NSW call-up even more timely for the code.
Canterbury coach Des Hasler condemned the Manly spectators who racially abused Frank Pritchard's wife during last Friday's controversial Bulldogs victory at Brookvale Oval as ''disappointing''.