From the editor's desk:
We preview the clash for the minor premiership between the Rabbitohs and Roosters and farewell those players whose careers in the NRL are coming to a close.
There have been 206 clashes between the Rabbitohs and Roosters to date but perhaps none will have had the build-up than this showdown for the minor premiership;
For a number of the games longest servants the end is nigh, we ask those closest to them to pay tribute to the legacies they leave behind and the friendships that have been forged;
Benji Marshall is heading to rugby union and Matt Bowen is contemplating a stint in England and as the pair prepare to face off for the final time we remember the joy they have brought to countless footy fans over the past decade;
Fox Sports commentator Greg Alexander outlines the checklist hed like to see referees tick off on before the finals; and
We count down eight of the biggest final-round games that the game has seen over the past 50 years.
Some of the games biggest stars throw their support behind the Auckland Nines tournament; we debate whether Broncos fans can expect better from their team in 2014; we profile Blacktown product and Storm young gun, Matthew Lodge; Michael Hagan outlines what Fridays big clash means for both the Rabbitohs and Roosters ahead of the finals and we pay tribute to Luke Douglas extraordinary effort to equal the record for consecutive games played.
All this and official team lists, comprehensive previews, Little League section for the young fans including a Matt Cooper tribute poster and all the finals teams for both the Intrust Super Cup in Queensland and the Ron Massey Cup.