For five young guns, there has been plenty of hard work.
The Roosters have one more challenge to overcome, it just happens to be a wounded Melbourne side, after identifying an intense three game period to test their premiership worth.
NSW on-course bookmakers are set to fight back against their corporate cousins after finally being able to offer tote odds as part of their service this month.
A-League: Attracting fans to games has been prioritised in the draw for the upcoming season despite a record television deal in which the competition will be televised on both free-to-air and pay TV.
A Richmond premiership in the next few years would prompt Trent Cotchin to consider retirement, even if only in his mid-20s.
Wycliff Palu is as hard on himself as he is the Waratahs.
Nathan Lovett-Murray has been told to rest for a week while his stab wounds heal, but remains intent on attending the Dreamtime match on Saturday.
For so long the whipping boys of Australian rugby, as pointed out by a sniping New Zealand pundit who bemoaned their rivals' lack of depth, the Rebels are finally commanding respect.
Hugh Seward admits it has historically been 'assumed' - but not always reliably verified - that footballers who have travelled overseas to treat injuries had not breached anti-doping rules.
This week it's AFL indigenous round, as we pay tribute to the indigenous culture of footy and also reflect on the iconic photograph of Nicky at Victoria Park.