Jamie Buhrer – the man slated to replace the departing Glenn Stewart – has hit out at suggestions that his contract negotiations have led to divisions in the playing group.
Will Smith is no stranger to responsibility.
The Wests Tigers are at breaking point after captain Robbie Farah told club officials he was not coming to training on Wednesday because he believes he has been hung out to dry over the demise of coach Mick Potter.
The all-conquering Manly Sea Eagles have won just about every major title in recent years but now they are turning their attention to one prize which has eluded them since 1997: a minor premiership.
Long before they locked horns in Origin, Johnathan Thurston threw down the gauntlet to Josh Reynolds.
Wests Tigers could be facing more disruption at their head office with the upcoming Balmain Leagues Club elections to impact on the board of the joint-venture club.
West Tigers come together for Simon Dwyer's big battle.