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It's been two steps forward and one back for a Gold Coast outfit desperate to stay in the NRL finals hunt in Townsville on Saturday night.
Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend admits the pressure is on to get their NRL title defence back on track but also believes they're not far off their best.
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy believes Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has been in the game long enough to put his club troubles aside and focus on their NRL clash on Monday night.
Canberra prop Brett White has announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 NRL season.
Embattled skipper Robbie Farah has returned to training with Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer saying they can sort out their differences and both remain at the NRL club.
Parramatta skipper Tim Mannah says the Eels' self-belief never wavered during a mid-season stumble and they are confident they can play NRL finals football.
Forget being chased by Freddy Krueger, free-falling, or being naked in public, winning the NRL wooden spoon is Canberra captain Terry Campese's "worst nightmare".
The Warriors need to find a way to win without Shaun Johnson, and then keep doing it.
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The Wests Tigers have confirmed skipper Robbie Farah will return to training on Friday morning ahead of Monday's home NRL game against Melbourne.
Dumped for a drinking binge a fortnight ago, Jack Reed and Daniel Vidot can "repay" the Brisbane Broncos by helping end the NRL's best home streak on Friday night.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has called on his troops to play with the spirit of injured skipper Peter Wallace when they clash with Canterbury on Friday.
Preview of NRL Round 21 matches (all times AEST):
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden cut a dejected figure after star playmaker Shaun Johnson all but ended any chance he had of taking part in Sunday's match against the Raiders.
The Brisbane Broncos have recalled stood-down players Jack Reed and Daniel Vidot to their starting backline for Friday night's NRL clash with Manly.
After creating a four-point buffer at the top of the NRL ladder, Manly say they are eyeing their first minor premiership in 17 years.
Sydney Rooster Michael Jennings says he expects to be tested by NSW State of Origin centre partner Josh Dugan in his NRL return on Saturday.
Canberra's NRL motivation will be spoon-fed.
Promising playmaker Ben Hampton has signed a new two-year deal with Melbourne Storm.
Once bitten, twice shy.
When it comes to away days, it's pretty clear Manly's Brookvale Oval isn't high on Todd Lowrie's must-visit list.
Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis is still wary of a Panthers side written off by many as a premiership contender following the end of season injury to playmaker Peter Wallace.
St Helens' Australian scrumhalf Luke Walsh has been ruled out for four to five months with a broken leg.
Catalan Dragons have distanced themselves from a move for controversial Australian five-eighth Todd Carney.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has turned to rookie NRL playmaker Will Smith to help solve the Panthers' halves injury crisis and arrest their late season form slump.
Teams named for round 21 of the NRL (all times local):
Key playmakers Shaun Johnson and Feleti Mateo return to the Warriors for their clash with Canberra.
South Sydney captain John Sutton is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in Monday night's win over Canberra, but a minor shoulder injury to Sam Burgess is unlikely to see him miss any NRL action.
He's barely fired a shot since his high-profile recruitment from Canterbury but Ben Barba believes his switch to five-eighth could be the catalyst to recapturing his best form for Brisbane.
The return of master playmaker Cooper Cronk is behind Melbourne Storm's surge back into NRL top four contention, according to backrower Kevin Proctor.
Brisbane forward Ben Hannant says nothing will change in how the Broncos prepare for Friday's clash with Manly regardless of the NRL pacesetters' off-field woes.
South Sydney enforcer Sam Burgess says he's been cleared of any "serious damage" to his right shoulder but could still miss part of the NRL season.
North Queenland prop Matt Scott has been named for make his return from a cheekbone injury for the in-form Cowboys for Saturday's round 21 match against the struggling Gold Coast in Townsville.
Canterbury captain Michael Ennis believes Josh Reynolds has to reconsider his tackling style with the NSW playmaker to return from a three-game shoulder charge suspension for Friday's crunch NRL clash with Penrith.
South Sydney forward Ben Te'o is facing another stint on the sidelines after being charged by the NRL over a lifting tackle in Monday night's win over Canberra.
The Sydney Roosters say prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has a target on his back when it comes to NRL referees after he was sinbinned for swearing by Gavin Badger in last week's loss to Newcastle.
Concerned about his remaining time in the NRL, rugby union-bound Sam Burgess is to undergo scans on his right shoulder following an injury during South Sydney's 34-18 romp over Canberra.