Players are ramping up talk of a potential boycott of the Dally M medal ceremony and NRL commercial activities during the semi-finals, as the pay deal saga rolls on.
Mathematically possible. The Raiders are now in the realms of those two dirty words for any finals aspirants.
But Josh Papalii confident it won't happen again as they look to keep slight finals hopes alive.
But the Canberra Raiders have left the door open for him to get a second chance.
Thursday night's clash in Brisbane between the Broncos and Parramatta stands to be a spicy affair, with Josh McGuire not changing his aggressive approach as a top-two spot beckons.
Jarryd Hayne was once a superstar rugby league player. Now he's a verb.
The initiative has been backed by Penrith's star halfback Nathan Cleary.
This was about far more than his relationship with Jarryd Hayne, the Titans said. What those factors are remains the domain of Henry and the club's leaky board as the embattled coach was finally given his marching orders.
Dylan Napa played rugby as a teenager in Queensland but changed codes after school for a reason only a hardman like him would come up with.
The NRL will have to rubber stamp the Gold Coast Titans coaching appointment and the value of the contract as the club moves to appoint a successor to Neil Henry.
Former Knights winger James McManus has claimed a significant early victory in his legal battle to prove the club was negligent in its handling of a series of concussions that ended his career.
The Titans board decided this afternoon to sack the embattled coach
Kevin Proctor and Jarrod Wallace want Neil Henry and Jarryd Hayne at the club next year, even if they don't know whether the latter was actually at their match against the Eels last week.
The Panthers' 26-22 win in Canberra secured their finals appearance.
In a season of under-performance and uncertainty, around their coach and the their salary cap for next year, smiles have been few and far between. They were back on the dials of Canterbury players, however, on Sunday after a 30-16 win over Manly.
A look at the Top 4 and Top 8 hopes for each of the teams still in the hunt.
A mass meeting of NRL players on Monday may vote to boycott this year's World Cup as the RLPA increases pressure, despite the NRL's 16 clubs unanimously agreeing last week to grant them an effective 52 per cent pay increase.
Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has slammed an alleged spitting incident directed at the referees.
Trent Barrett concedes Manly are in a hole and must "man up" and find a way out of it very soon.
Manly are walking an NRL finals tightrope after they were beaten 30-16 by Canterbury on Sunday.