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Slade Griffin's test debut will bring a wry smile to the faces of even the most hardened rugby league battler.
England's players are confident they can adjust to the effects of playing at altitude before running out at Denver's Mile High Stadium.
Fiji coach Matt Adamson has set his team the task of beating a "vulnerable" Australia to win the next Rugby League World Cup, claiming there's no reason why the Pacific Nation can't do it.
The Warriors are one of New Zealand's most heavily supported teams, but perhaps none are more fitting of the term "die-hards" than the McKees.
Former Warriors legend Michealâ Luck made a living burying his nose into the dirt. But off the field, he's always been stuck into a good book.
Robbie Farah has revealed a text message from Benji Marshall reunited the pair, enabling them to share NRL career finales at Wests Tigers.
Kiwis enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has not put any extra pressure on himself to lead from the front against England in Denver.
Centre and the makeup of his forward rotation are the two areas Michael Maguire is weighing up after the Kiwis coach delayed naming his team to face England in Denver.
Brisbane prop Matt Lodge says he thinks about the victims of his 2015 US assault every day of his life after revealing he had taken out a bank loan to pay compensation to the victims.
Kalyn Ponga's stress levels seem to be closer to someone boarding a council bus than preparing for a State of Origin debut. He speaks the ways he plays, with effortless confidence and the conviction that he belongs.
The one person who would be proudest of new NSW prop Matt Prior will not be in the stands at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night but looking down from above.
The man tasked with ensuring the welfare of the Kiwis squad has played down the altitude factor after they touched down in Denver.
Jarryd Hayne has called for a Pacific test to be taken to the United States, arguing it would attract a bigger crowd in his once-adopted home than the clash between England and New Zealand will.
NSW coach Brad Fittler has voiced his opposition to the standalone State of Origin concept, warning the shortened preparations for both NSW and Queensland could harm the quality of rugby league's most watched spectacle.
It is embarrassing, but whether Rugby Australia should be calling it embarrassing is another question.