South Sydney Rabbitohs clinched a 22-20 victory over Brisbane Broncos, with Damien Cook putting in an impressive performance.
The fixtures for the 2019-20 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been revealed, with Saracens starting their title defence at Racing 92.
Despite being seen as a potential successor to Eddie Jones, Jim Mallinder is leaving his role with England for a job in Scotland.
David Pocock has not played since March but Michael Hooper expects him to be key for Australia at the Rugby World Cup.
Jordan Petaia, 19, is the only uncapped Australia player in Michael Cheika's squad for the showpiece event, which starts on September 20.
For the first time in over a year, George Ford and Owen Farrell will be in England's starting line-up when they face Ireland.
Canterbury Bulldogs stopped Parramatta Eels moving into the top four and booking their place in the NRL finals on Thursday.
Ross Byrne will start Ireland's meeting with England at fly-half as Johnny Sexton and Joey Carbery struggle with injury.
MMA promotion Bellator has signed former England rugby union star James Haskell, who is expected to make his debut in 2020.
The NRL welcomed Jack de Belin's decision to end his process against the no-fault stand down policy.