Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway has needed to plot his pre-season training - and honeymoon in a tropical paradise - around a bung big toe.
Given the number of injuries he has already suffered, Jacob Loko's NRL career is a blank canvas.
Rugby league superstar Paul Gallen's actions surrounding his potential boxing career have been much louder than his words, with revelations the Cronulla captain flew to Perth and trained with four-time world champion Danny Green before he played his role in Australia's World Cup triumph.
Prominent English racehorse owner Marwan Koukash has revealed his interest in coming to Sydney for next year's rich autumn carnival and will use the trip to continue efforts to recruit Sonny Bill Williams and Billy Slater to the Salford Red Devils.
Manly supporters have been warned they risk becoming a Parramatta-esque shambles if the incumbent board isn't re-elected at the coming elections.
A final, dark chapter is being added to the game's original home.
Richie Fa'aoso has been granted a conditional medical clearance which will allow the Manly forward to resume training next week.
The NRL season will open with three blockbusters, highlighted by Barba's clash against former club.
The Kangaroos have touched down on home soil feeling proud but also fatigued after an arduous World Cup campaign tagged on the back of a long NRL season.
Players face the prospect of missing the opening rounds of the NRL season if they are put on report for "serious misconduct" during the Auckland Nines tournament in February.
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