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Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys celebrates

'I was obviously very rusty' - Johnathan Thurston makes playing return in Cowboys' pre-season loss

The superstar made his first appearance after eight months out with a shoulder injury.

Kodi Nikorima runs with the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session

'I just want to keep proving people wrong' - Kodi Nikorima thriving at Broncos despite pressure from critics

"There's always something to prove; there's always critics and doubters," the Kiwi said.

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The Rabbitohs gave themselves breathing space with less than five minutes left in the 18-8 win.

Bunnies secure World Club Challenge win over Wigan with textbook try in final minutes

The Rabbitohs gave themselves breathing space with less than five minutes left in the 18-8 win.

Kieran Foran.

Kieran Foran has quiet debut for Bulldogs in close NRL preseason win over Raiders

Despite handling the ball a fair amount in the 16-12 win, Foran had little impact.

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Nelson Asofa-Solomona got a bit carried away after the Storm's win over Leeds.

Watch: Kiwis forward drops hilarious F-bomb in man-of-the-match speech

Nelson Asofa-Solomona got a bit carried away after the Storm's win over Leeds.

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The winger's athletic finish helped earn a staunch 20-14 win to start the year.

David Fusitu'a flies over to score in Warriors' gutsy pre-season win over Storm

The winger's athletic finish helped earn a staunch 20-14 win in Rotorua.

Watch: Suliasi Vunivalu carves Leeds defence to pieces with sensational solo try as Storm dominate World Club Challenge

The Fijian winger couldn't be stopped as he carved his way to the tryline in the 38-4 win.

Wayne Bennett to continue as England coach despite link to Kiwis - report

The NZRL changed its eligibility rules to allow them to appoint an Australian as head coach following the Kiwis' disappointing World Cup.

Wests Tigers Benji Marshall.

'He's been there and done that' - Tigers praise new captain Benji Marshall

The ex-Kiwis star is one of five captains for the Tigers this season.

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Warriors CEO Cameron George praised McFadden's contribution to the club.

'He was a bit emotional' - Warriors assistant coach Andrew McFadden to leave NZ club after 2018 season

Warriors CEO Cameron George praised McFadden’s contribution to the club.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Tony Williams of Tonga is helped from the field during the 2017 Pacific Test Invitational match between Tonga and Fiji at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

'Shame on you, Mr Williams': NRL star drove 'shockingly intoxicated' with kids in car

Judge says Williams's driving was so dangerous members of the public had called police.

Wests Tigers Benji Marshall.

Three Kiwis included as West Tigers name five captains for new NRL season

Benji Marshall, Russell Packer and Elijah Taylor will share leadership of the side in 2018.

Ben Hunt of the Broncos

Ben Hunt and James Graham to debut for new club Dragons in league trial

The pair have been named to make their debuts in the Dragons' trial against English Super League outfit Hull FC.

James Tedesco of NSW attacks during game 1 of the State of Origin rugby league, Queensland Reds v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 31 May 2017. Copyright Image: Tertius Pickard / www.photosport.nz

NRL star James Tedesco struck down with mumps ahead of Roosters pre-season clash with Manly

Tedesco has been quarantined from his teammates, NRL.com reports.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Tony Williams of Tonga is helped from the field during the 2017 Pacific Test Invitational match between Tonga and Fiji at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Eels suspend Tony Williams for two NRL matches after drink-driving sentencing

Williams was today fined $A1000 and had his driver's licence suspended.

Andrew Fifita of NSW attacks during game 1 of the State of Origin rugby league, Queensland Reds v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 31 May 2017. Copyright Image: Tertius Pickard / www.photosport.nz

State of Origin home series up in air

Adelaide Oval was confirmed today as host of one of the first two games of the 2020 series.

Ata Hingano of the Warriors scores against the Gold Coast Titans v Vodafone Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina, Queensland, Australia. 10 June 2017 - Round 14 of the NRL season 2017.
Copyright photo: Scott P / www.photosport.nz

Warriors name young squad for Storm trial

Six new Warriors will make unofficial debuts for the club when they take on Melbourne in Saturday's NRL pre-season trial in Rotorua.

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Albert Vete was among those to attend a sausage sizzle fundraiser today.

Warriors stars attend fundraiser for Tonga's Cyclone Gita recovery

Albert Vete was among those to attend a sausage sizzle fundraiser today.

Vocal NRL star Valentine Holmes wants Sharks' No.1 spot

Holmes was one of the Kangaroos' best during last year's World Cup win, scoring five tries against Samoa and six against Fiji.

Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs bleeding from the nose 
NRL - Rabbitohs v Warriors, July 7 2013 
NIB Stadium, PERTH 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Photographer - Travis Hayto

'It's all about confidence now' - Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis on return from injury, depression

Inglis is coming off an ACL tear sustained in Round 1 last season.

Warrington Wolves' Andre Savelio, during the Betfred Super League match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Brisbane's new English import Andre Savelio out for NRL season

The 22-year-old was helped off the field just 14 minutes into his Broncos debut in a trial against the Central Queensland Capras.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18:  Jordan Kahu of the Broncos is tackled during the round 24 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on August 18, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

'I've always seen myself as a fullback' - Jordan Kahu chasing Broncos No.1 jumper in NRL

Broncos captain Darius Boyd is still on light duties as he strives to return to full fitness.

Kiwis coach David Kidwell

Kiwis top coaching role open to international candidates

Current NZ coach David Kidwell's position is under serious threat.

NRL to crack down on dodgy play-the-balls

The game's governing body sent a directive to all 16 clubs before Christmas telling them referees would scrutinise the ruck more heavily this year.

The Kiwis' skipper won’t take the reins at his new club.

'Everyone wants to be supporting a winning team' - Warriors CEO urges fans to keep the faith in 2018

But the club's membership numbers are down nearly 4,000 compared to last year.

New Zealand Kiwis fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck looks to break the tackle of Tongan interchange Peni Terepo during the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Pool B match between New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga played at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 11 November  2017.  

Copyright photo: © Bruce Lim / www.photosport.nz

Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck wins Kiwis player award

The dynamic fullback got the nod based on his attacking efforts in NZ's failed World Cup campaign, when they were eliminated by Fiji.

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The club hit the training paddock today as they build into the 2018 competition.

'It's an opportunity' - Warriors coach eager to see squad depth in first pre-season hit out

Stephen Kearney is looking forward to giving his side a run out against the Storm next week.

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