North Queensland has been dealt a blow ahead of their knockout final against the Roosters, with backrower Tariq Sims lodging an early guilty plea and copping a five-week suspension for his shoulder charge on Justin Hodges.
Brett Morris has requested a release from the final year of his Dragons contract.
Parramatta are investigating evidence that former directors, staff and members were intimidated and harassed "with the full knowledge" of the former Eels board and ex-chief executive Bob Bentley and announced that members allegedly involved in the club's membership tampering scandal will be called to explain their actions.
South Sydney's Alex Johnston is on the verge of becoming the least experienced Australian player in more than a decade with the Rabbitohs winger emerging as a Kangaroos bolter.
One of Mick Potter's final acts as Wests Tigers head coach could be telling his assistants and candidates in line to replace him – Todd Payten and David Kidwell – to have the week off training.
It's now or never for South Sydney, but what few realise is how it could have been a season of nothing at all.
Sydney Roosters players admit North Queensland coach Paul Green knows exactly how they play from his time with the premiers last season and predict that Friday night's semi-final at Allianz Stadium will be a battle between two near-identical defensive structures.
Jamie Soward has revealed he almost gave the game away to play rugby union in Japan.
Manly are expected to roll the dice and risk losing Anthony Watmough for two weeks in a bid to have the star backrower available against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
It was Ken Arthurson, Max Krilich likes to say, who "built the cubby house that we all live in now".