The former Brumbies flanker has been in brilliant form for Irish powerhouse Leinster, while Springboks great Bryan Habana has announced his retirement.
It wasn't long ago that Wayne Bennett considered Souths to be stodgy. A new coach at Redfern has changed that ahead of their intriguing round-eight clash.
Greg Inglis will spend the season at centre if Johnston continues the strong form that helped Souths easily account for Manly at ANZ Stadium.
Mitchell Pearce thought he would be a Rooster for life. Now he takes on his former club leading a Knights side full of players wanting to topple the tricolours.
Jack Bird could be the answer to a whole lot of questions for Brisbane this year, with the 23-year-old to get his first taste of action in 2018 against the Tigers.
The Blues Origin representative could take the field as early as Friday night as he races the clock to beat a long-term shoulder injury.
Welcome to the twilight zone as the NRL continues to pitch curveballs at the start of the season.
While NRMA issued a rebuke, other sponsors have backed the club and the NRL over Lodge, while Todd Greenberg said he was already aware of the latest allegations.
Brisbane love nothing better than to wave a win in the face of their critics. On Friday, they reminded everyone why they are loved and loathed in equal measure.
Another slow start, another blistering finish. Penrith have made it two wins from as many games in 2018 after a stirring comeback against the Rabbitohs.