Brett Keeble Former Dally M Medallist Ben Barba emerged from an early-season slump to inspire Brisbane to a comprehensive 32-6 victory over a flat and frustrated Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium on Friday...
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: Corey Norman returns home to Brisbane for the first time as an Eel. He'll be desperate for a big game, so too his halves partner Chris Sandow.
Brisbane co-captain Justin Hodges admits he won't know how strong his injured Achilles tendon is until he returns to the NRL on Friday night.
Cbus Super Stadium, Robina, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Phil Lutton Brisbane must try to defeat the Roosters minus both first-choice props but the presence of rising star Corey Oates has given the undefeated Broncos fresh impetus as they host the premiers on Friday...
Michael Chammas Former Roosters prop Martin Kennedy is expected to start against his former club on Friday night with Ben Hannant likely to miss the clash against the reigning premiers due to a hamstring injury.
Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters
Michael Chammas The Broncos came out of the blocks well against the Bulldogs in round one, while the Cowboys took the opposite approach, coming from behind to knock over the Raiders.
Michael Chammas and Chris Boulous Join Michael Chammas and Chris Boulos for the NRL team news as it comes as well as plenty of Ultimate League chat.
The North Queensland Cowboys have gatecrashed the party for the emotional return of Brisbane winger Jharal Yow Yeh, thrashing the Broncos 32-8 in their trial at Redcliffe on Saturday night.
Steve Mascord Last week Discord was rightly criticised for posting yet another column on the Origin I biff, a couple of readers pointing out that they'd already read much more than enough on the subject.
Jon Tuxworth Canberra have backed dumped Maroon David Shillington to use his snub as motivation to ''prove people wrong'' against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown on Saturday night.
Phil Gould Queensland selectors have chosen only one genuine front-row forward for Game II of the 2013 Origin series.
Glenn Jackson NSW coach Laurie Daley says Queensland's decision to highlight perceived illegal tactics at the ruck is a sign of desperation by the Maroons, and lays bare the pressure they are under for Wednesday...
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Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 2pm (AEST) (4pm local)
Michael Chammas Michael Chammas brings you the NRL teams for round 17 as they are announced.