Ricky Stuart was one of many NRL coaches who promised - and ultimately failed - to take Cronulla to the promised land.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has ruled out Joseph Paulo from the NRL grand final, but won't reveal if Sam Tagataese will return in place of Luke Capewell.
Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith hasn't ruled out playing on into the 2019 NRL season.
Jordan Rapana and Joseph Tapine are among the players added to the Kiwis training squad following breakthrough NRL campaigns with the Canberra Raiders.
Former rugby league star Anthony Mundine has urged NRL and AFL players to boycott the Australian anthem at this weekend's grand finals.
He played over 200 games in the famous red 'V', now former skipper Mark Coyne is back at the club to try and get them back to the top of the NRL immediately.
Who should neutrals cheer, could the kicking game win it and who leads the Churchill race?
The maligned NRL bunker faces its biggest test when it makes its grand final debut in Sunday's decider between Cronulla and Melbourne.
Brad Fittler knows all about the hype in grand final week, having been through six, and says he got better at them with experience.
A back injury has forced St George Illawarra centre Dylan Farrell to retire from the NRL.
The Melbourne Storm deserve to start favourites over the Cronulla Sharks in Sunday's decider, according to NRL players.
Veteran Cronulla star Luke Lewis believes livewire back Valentine Holmes is ready to make his mark on the NRL grand final, and earn a Kangaroos call-up.