The Parramatta Eels admit the concern for the health of teammate Kieran Foran acted as motivation in their emotion-charged victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night.
At the start of the week it was shaping up as a mouth-watering contest between two potential top four teams, however the shock omission of Kieran Foran saw the odds swing sharply in Canterbury's favour.
The lure of playing in next year's World Cup could trigger some fringe representative players to shun the City-Country clash, instead opting to represent an island nation in the Pacific Test match doubleheader.
New Zealand internationals Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson and Konrad Hurrell are among six Warriors players dumped by coach Andrew McFadden after going out until 3am following the team's return from their ANZAC Day thrashing.
A text message from Parramatta captain Kieran Foran has thanked the rugby league community for their concern for his wellbeing but he's also urged for his privacy to be respected while he works through what he called "some personal issues".
Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker is on the verge of breaking the club's all-time points record.
Sia Soliola insists New Zealand selectors "would be silly" not to consider Jordan Rapana for next week's Test.
Parramatta captain Kieran Foran was rushed to hospital in an ambulance earlier this week after overdosing on prescription medication.
Another milestone for Craig Bellamy, why Mal loves Blake Ferguson and time for Souths fans to get out the grand final DVD.
It never rains but it pours for the Parramatta Eels.
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor says he doesn't fear for his job.
In a wide-ranging interview, the new Kangaroos coach says the Kiwis want it more.
The best rugby league team in the world is not Australia, or New Zealand. It's Queensland. They know it, you know it. Mal knows it. Question is: How can he change it?
Trent Barrett is adamant the doping saga that has engulfed Manly won't impact his team's 2016 NRL campaign.
Parramatta Eels star Kieran Foran has been granted a leave of absence by the NRL club.
Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco is in doubt for next week's City-Country clash after dislocating his shoulder in Thursday night's win over South Sydney.
South Sydney were jeered by their own fans after giving up a 20-point start to the Tigers in a loss that that equalled the longest losing streak at the club under Michael Maguire.
Geoff Toovey has rubbished allegations Manly were powered by banned substances during their 2011 NRL grand final win.
Live coverage of the NRL round nine clash between South Sydney and Wests Tigers.
Dragons coach Paul McGregor has been fined $10,000 for drinking driving but is more concerned about the damage to his reputation.