Michael Cheika's old-school fitness camp before the Rugby Championship has prepped the Wallabies perfectly for the challenges of playing at high altitude.
North Queensland's run through the finals series was sparked by a nothing-to-lose approach borne out of their three days in NRL exile.
Sharks utility Joseph Paulo, who captained the United States at the 2013 rugby league World Cup, has has been left out of the squad for this year's tournament.
Penrith won their second NSW Cup premiership in four years, and added more misery to the Sydney Roosters' weekend, beating their reserve grade side Wyong 20-12.
The hero for Australia the last time they played in Bloemfontein, Kurtley Beale is aching for another win at altitude in South Africa.
Construction has begun on the 30,000 seat Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta, which the state government is touting as a game changer for sport.
Young outside backs James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic strengthened their case for World Cup selection after starring for the PM's XIII in Port Moresby.
Melbourne forward Dale Finucane has played in three grand finals without a win and is out to break his duck in next week's NRL season decider.
Both the Rugby League World Cup and the Dally Ms will feature their biggest attractions - the players - after they ruled out a boycott.
Billy Slater endured nearly two years on the sidelines with back-to-back shoulder injuries and has been rewarded with another NRL grand final appearance.
England's Australian coach Eddie Jones is at it again - saying England prospect Marcus Smith is in a training camp solely to shine George Ford's boots.
Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions omitted from England's squad for their three-day training camp in Oxford.
Western Force foundation player Pek Cowan has shed light on the worrying impact the club's Super Rugby axing has had on the playing group.
Queensland Cup grand finalists PNG Hunters will use Sunday's clash against Sunshine Coast to push their case for inception into the NRL.
Sydney Roosters forward Aidan Guerra grew up in North Queensland, but the lack of an under-20s competition in 2005 saw him leave the region.