The NRL has sought the counsel of its greatest competitor, the AFL, as it prepares to adopt the biggest equalisation measure since the introduction of the salary cap.
Adrian Proszenko is Chief Rugby League Reporter.
Moments after Junior Paulo took off his shirt, revealing a rippling frame almost 20kg heavier than his own, Paul Gallen spoke with a bravado befitting his second occupation.
The only sure thing about Ben Barba's future, according to Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan, is that no one can be sure what it holds.
Canterbury's inability to offload out-of-favour forward Lloyd Perrett is the reason the club breached the salary cap this year.
Ben Barba could make a shock defection to Japanese rugby after cashed-up clubs targeted the troubled Cronulla star about a code switch.
Sam Kasiano, despite a change in eligibility rules that makes it easier to do so, can't bring himself to pull on a Maroons jumper.
Peni Terepo is the latest leaguie set to make his professional boxing debut, but he is not new to the fight game.
It is a signing the Wests Tigers hope will lead to a slew of player re-signings. Kelly Egan, the right-hand man of Des Hasler for almost a decade, will join the joint-venture outfit as its new general manager of football.
The NRL will reinvest the $5 million it saves by abolishing the National Youth Competition into a new pathways structure designed to ease the pressures on youngsters attempting to break into the NRL.
Had Ivan Cleary still been at Penrith, his son Nathan would likely still be waiting to make his debut. Which is why Jed Cartwright, also the son of a gun, is relieved his famous father won't be joining him at the foot of the mountains.