Englishman Richard Silverwood will referee Saturday's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford.
Ten Super League players are on the shortlist for the Rugby League International Federation's Team of the Year.
Wakefield have continued their rebuilding process with the signing of Brisbane Broncos prop Scott Anderson.
Australia forward Sam Thaiday will be aiming to make up for his disappointment of 2008 when he runs out for the World Cup final on Saturday.
Sheffield Eagles will open the defence of their Kingstone Press Championship title against newly-promoted Rochdale.
England's gut-wrenching World Cup defeat was tough on all 17 players, but for Gareth Widdop it was especially cruel.
New Zealand playmaker Shaun Johnson says his match-winning score against England at Wembley on Saturday was redemption for his worst performance of the tournament.
Sam Tomkins believes England needs more regular competition against Australia and New Zealand if they are to ever win the World Cup again.
Sam Burgess has sprung to the defence of his younger brother George for his role in England's last-gasp defeat by New Zealand.
Australia captain Cameron Smith was pleased with an immaculate defensive display in their 64-0 victory over Fiji in the World Cup semi final.
Kevin Sinfield insists England were more deserving of a place in the World Cup final after suffering a last-gasp defeat to New Zealand at Wembley.
Coach Steve McNamara insisted none of his players had anything to reproach themselves for following their agonising World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.