The NRL will hand out a combined $7 million in COVID-19 relief packages to clubs to make up for lost revenue through a lack of crowds and home games.
With the Melbourne Storm locked in for Saturday week's preliminary final, flying fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen has a chance to look back on how he overcame a storied season that didn't go to plan on a personal level.
This week our rugby league experts look at a Grand Final in which the Panthers won't play the Storm, whether the Sea Eagles are finals pretenders and if the NRL did the right thing in moving the preliminary final.
After a rollercoaster career of highs and lows, milestone man Marty Taupau believes Saturday night's NRL semi-final with the Sydney Roosters also looms as his date with destiny.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard knows the bitter western Sydney rivalry from both sides but ahead of Saturday's semi-final he wants to be clear - Parramatta is his home now.
The Sydney Roosters' title hopes have been dealt a massive blow with hooker Sam Verrills only able to play again if they make the grand final after being banned for a high tackle.