Three new laws will be trialled at the Boxing Day challenge match at Headingley between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Bradford Bulls' Adrian Purtell has been given the all-clear to resume his career after a heart attack.
Leeds prop forward Kylie Leuluai is facing the threat of a two-match ban for an alleged offence while playing against Wakefield on Saturday.
Tributes have been paid to the former Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity rugby league star Steve Prescott who has died at the age of 39 after a long battle with cancer. Lisa Walton reports.
RIP To a gent ,a legend and an inspiration #steveprescott
Sad news to hear the loss of #StevePrescott an inspiration.I had the pleasure to play against and in the same team. His memory will live on
Former rugby league international star Steve Prescott has died at the age of 39. The Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity star had been suffering from a rare type of stomach cancer and had spent the last couple of weeks in hospital.
Prescott raised thousands of pounds for charity and was awarded an MBE in 2009.
Daniel Holdsworth's career at Hull FC is over after the Super League side granted him permission to return to Australia.
The 29-year-old joined the Black and Whites from Salford last winter but - partly through injury - failed to live up to his billing as a marquee signing.
The former Canterbury Bulldog asked to leave the KC Stadium at the end of the season for personal reasons and Hull say he has joined Cronulla, although the NRL side are yet to officially confirm it.
The Black & Whites' ambitious owner Adam Pearson wants a big-name replacement for Holdsworth to win fans over and new coach Lee Radford has been using the current World Cup to scout for replacements. He's also keen to bring in free agent Ryan McGoldrick, who had a short spell with the club in 2012.
Leeds Rhinos have signed Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton from Wakefield Wildcats for an undisclosed fee.
28-year-old Aiton, who was Wakefield’s Player of the Year last season, will join Rhinos on a three year contract.
He’s also set to lead Papua New Guinea in their Rugby League World Cup clash with World Champions New Zealand at Headingley Carnegie this Friday.
Castleford prop forward Ryan Boyle has signed a two-year contract extension.
The 26-year-old, who rejoined the Tigers from Salford in mid-season, was under contract until the end of next term but has now extended his stay until the end of 2016.
Hull FC loose forward Joe Westerman has committed his future to the club after agreeing a two-year contract extension.
Westerman, who has made 77 appearances since joining the Black and Whites from Castleford in 2011, has signed a new deal which will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016.
Former England full-back Shaun Briscoe is to return to Hull KR after being appointed to their backroom staff.
Briscoe, who played 100 games for Rovers from 2008-11 and retired from playing at the end of the 2013 season, will work closely with Hull KR head of youth Pete Grayburn to develop and improve the club's youth system. He is now also assistant coach for the club's Under-19's.
Three brothers from Dewsbury will hopefully make Rugby League history later this month by stepping out together for England in the World Cup.
Sam Burgess and his identical twin brothers Tom and George - who now live and play in Australia - are all in Steve McNamara's 24 man squad for the competition. At the moment they're at England's training camp in South Africa, where our cameras caught up with them. John Shires reports.
More than a third of Super League players say they've struggled with depression. The figures have thrown a worrying light on mental health in top level sport. Tina Gelder reports.