It’s the scourge of the game, the biggest turnoff for fans, players and coaches alike. But the NRL admits it is all but powerless to stamp wrestling out of rugby league.
Newcastle has moved to ward off the poachers by tabling lucrative offers to retain Sione, Chanel and Pat Mata'utia until the end of 2018.
There's plenty to play for as teams with final aspirations go into the last round.
Rabbitohs star is free to play against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday.
It's the battle between the elephant and the rhinoceros - that's how Jamal Idris eloquently puts it.
Parramatta has said the prospect of playing against ex-coach Ricky Stuart is by no means an added motivation to win Saturday’s final-round clash against Canberra.
Russell Crowe's vision of an expanded World Club Challenge will move a step closer to reality.
Join Chris Boulous for the NRL team news as it comes as well as plenty of Ultimate League chat.
A showdown is looming on Wednesday as some of the game's most powerful figures prepare to confront NRL chief Dave Smith over his plan to demand independent directors at clubs, and raise other issues that have left them increasingly disenchanted with League Central.
Spectators rising to their feet to witness a miracle Manly try have been blamed for an NRL timekeeper missing referee Matt Cecchin signalling time-off in the dramatic final minute at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.