ST George Illawarra claim Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah is up there as one of the biggest threats in the NRL.
FORMER rugby league hardman Mark Geyer has warned NRL players about the dangers of late night binges.
TEST fullback Brett Stewart insists Manly are fitter and stronger than last season and ready for another early NRL onslaught.
PARRAMATTA coach Michael Hagan says suspended trio Jarryd Hayne, Weller Hauraki and Junior Paulo are not guaranteed immediate returns to the NRL next week.
GOLD Coast playmaker Scott Prince fears North Queensland will gain extra motivation to upset the Titans in Friday's NRL blockbuster.
BRISBANE'S fitness guru Jeremy Hickmans believes Darren Lockyer is capable of playing a full 80 minutes in his comeback game against Penrith on Sunday.
COACH Wayne Bennett has named five new faces in Brisbane's 18-man squad for Sunday's NRL season opener against Penrith at Suncorp Stadium.
NEWCASTLE have announced the re-signing of Test star Kurt Gidley to a new three-year deal, keeping him at the club until at least 2012.
MANLY'S Test fullback Brett Stewart says he has fully recovered from off-season knee surgery and will play in their NRL opener against Cronulla on Saturday.
PARRAMATTA officials say they have few issues with star halfback Tim Smith being intoxicated in the early hours of Saturday morning.