NRL trials

Why NRL trials are more important than ever

The unprecedented number of transfers during the summer months, particularly among big-name playmakers, is why pre-season matches are more significant than previous years.

While only the World Club Challenge between Melbourne Storm and Leeds at AAMI Park and the international double-header at ANZ Stadium - featuring the St George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs - attracted NRL-sized crowds, the other six trials were still of value to the clubs.

NRL trials week one injury update: Lussick to miss 4-6 weeks

Scans revealed Lussick suffered a high ankle sprain, but no fracture, which will see he sidelined for between four and six weeks.

His rehabilitation is already underway with Sea Eagles medical staff. 

In other injury news from the opening weekend of the pre-season, Storm fullback Billy Slater isn't expected to be in doubt for round one despite coming off early in his team's World Club Challenge win over Leeds.