The day after being forced to endure endless replays of the tackle that paralysed Alex McKinnon, Jordan McLean fell further into the abyss when his brother was sent to prison for a one-punch attack.
Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald
Wests Tigers general manager Mark O'Neill has resigned from his position after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Jack Bird still doesn't see his long-term future in the centres, but the Cronulla firebrand says he was "crazy" when he called the position boring at the start of the year.
Craig Bellamy knows the suffering that comes from being labelled a cheat. Which is why when Shane Flanagan went through a similar ordeal during the ASADA investigation, the Melbourne coach was in his corner offering advice and support on a regular basis.
Tension between Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster has intensified after the Cronulla winger questioned why his counterpart reopened old wounds ahead of the biggest game of their young lives.
Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says Andrew Fifita's unpredictability makes him near impossible to plan against, but the Storm are more focused on nullifying his impact than shutting him down altogether.
A pre-season night out in Brisbane that cost eight Queenslanders a chance to play Origin in 2016 has divided two of the NRL's young superstars, who will square off in Sunday's decider.
The shame of what he forced his family to endure amid allegations of domestic violence almost tormented Ben Barba to the point of no return.
The Melbourne Storm have asked the NRL for a please explain after an embarrassing refereeing error that could have had major ramifications on the outcome of Saturday night's preliminary final.
Paul Gallen was labelled disrespectful by the Maroons for turning his back on Cameron Smith while accepting the State of Origin shield this year, but Smith has accepted Gallen's reasons.