Vodafone Warriors second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner bends Gold Coast's defensive line in Saturday night's trial in Rotorua. Image | www.smpimages.com

The footy is back.

It started with the English Super League kicking off early on Thursday morning (NZT) followed by a round of NRL trials on Saturday night including the annual Charity Shield encounter between 2014 NRL premier South Sydney and St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium.

NRL TRIALS | Manly 42, Cronulla 22; Gold Coast 22, Vodafone Warriors 12; Canberra 32, Melbourne 20; South Sydney 12, St George Illawarra 12; North Queensland 18, Brisbane 16; Penrith 36, Wyong 8. 

ENGLISH SUPER LEAGUE | Widnes 22, Wigan 22; St Helens 18, Les Catalans 7; Warrington 22, Salford 8; Hull Kingston Rovers 30, Leeds 40; Huddersfield 0, Hull FC 19; Castleford 22, Wakefield 24.