The rookie initiations for new players in Mate Ma'a Tonga keep getting better and more brutal, with the latest task involving a man-made runway and some searing flip flops.
Moeaki Fotuaika, Junior Tatola and Robert Jennings were all named as possible debutants heading into this weekend's Pacific Test against Toa Samoa for Tonga but with it comes some unique welcome traditions from their teammates.
The latest initiation the rookie trio endured saw them run through a "gauntlet" - a runway lined with players on either side - where they were struck by teammates using flip flops as they ran through.
The trio protected their heads as they dashed through the painful pathway while star teammates such as Konrad Hurrell and Will Hopoate filmed the hilarious action.
It's not the first bit of fun and pain rookies in the Tongan squad have endured either.
Earlier, they exposed their backs to teammates who fired ping pong balls at them as well.
Mate Ma'a Tonga had their first training today after yesterday's sqaud announcement.
They play Toa Samoa on Saturday night at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney at 9pm.
Melbourne centre Will Chambers isn't about to reignite his on-field feud with Sydney Roosters counterpart Latrell Mitchell in NRL grand final week.
But that doesn't mean he's forgotten he has a score to settle with the young NSW star.
The battle between Mitchell and Chambers was one of the highlights of the Origin series, beginning with June's opener in Melbourne.
Chambers baited his opposition centre at every opportunity and Mitchell responded with his actions. He even admitted it had spurred him on.
In the first two games with the series on the line, Mitchell busted through 18 tackles and scored two tries. Importantly, while Chambers had 11 misses in defence, Mitchell had none.
"I haven't got the wood (over him) yet," Chambers said on Monday.
"We've played each other about four times already this year and we are playing each other for the fifth."
The showdown between the pair on the Storm's right edge will be crucial at ANZ Stadium.
This year's decider features the two best defensive teams in the competition, and Mitchell is the Roosters' Ferrari sitting in the garage.
After missing last week's preliminary final win over South Sydney through suspension for a crusher tackle, Mitchell is the kind of X-factor that can decide the title.
"He is a big boy and he is hard to handle," Chambers said.
"I know they will be getting him the ball and I will have to be on my game defensively.
"It is another tough night and it will be a tough challenge ... I am looking forward to it.
"I know he will be up for it. He is a big-game player."
What Chambers won't discuss though is the on-field sledging.
Asked on Monday if he would try to get under Mitchell's skin again, he responded bluntly: "I don't want to talk about that mate."
Nor is Chambers fussed by his own reputation.
Banned two times this year for crusher tackles and once for dangerous contact on Damien Cook in Origin, Chambers did not believe he had to change his game or owed the Storm anything come the back end of the season.
While popular among his teammates, Chambers is aware of what it's done to his image off the field.
"It's the media and however I'm portrayed, I'm portrayed," he said.
"I'd like to think I'm a loving, caring father and a great friend to the boys at the club.
"That's footy, that's life. I live in front of these cameras and that's our life printed in media.
"It's pretty easy to be a keyboard warrior, people don't really say stuff to your face.
"It's easy to print it in a newspaper but they won't come and say it to you.
"But everyone wants a story, it's pretty funny don't you think?"
Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell in action against the Warriors.
When the full-time siren rang out at Allianz Stadium on Saturday and Dylan Napa realised he hadn't cost the Sydney Roosters a grand final berth, the Tri-Colours enforcer was a whirlwind of emotions.
For the past month Napa has been forced to sit on the sidelines for an ugly shot on Andrew McCullough in which he led with his head.
He was suspended for three weeks for the incident which led to calls for him to change his tackling technique, having also connected with Korbin Sims in similar fashion earlier in the year.
Asked about the tackle, and the feeling of not being able to contribute during the Roosters' finals games to date, Napa said: "I didn't feel guilty because I feel like I've given my all to this team every time I've played.
"It's a funny feeling but I'm just really excited that I've been given the opportunity to play."
Without the Queensland prop in their engine room, the Roosters beat Cronulla and South Sydney to win through to Sunday's grand final against Melbourne.
The match will be Napa's first in a little over five weeks.
On game days, he was subjected to a brutal assault bike circuit in the gym by the Roosters training staff, leading him to insist he'll be primed to go against the Storm.
"When you spend a few weeks on the sideline with suspension you usually get flogged in the gym," Napa said.
Being forced to watch on as his side battled to keep their premiership dream alive was a difficult experience for the 26-year-old.
He said he never wavered in his belief that his teammates could get the job done without him.
"I had so much faith in our team to get here," Napa said.
"It's really rewarding to be here at the end of the year.
"I was just really proud of our team and what we've achieved getting into the grand final.
"Make no mistakes, we're not going out there (to be runners up), we want to win it.
"It's been our goal. We're going to finish off the year."
Referee Gerard Sutton places Dylan Napa of the Roosters on report as Jake Friend of the Roosters watches on during the round 24 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium.