The club season may have ended but the war with the Southern hemisphere returns as the Four Nations is set to commence once more.
Two representing nations this time around as England and Scotland become indirect unlikely allies as they face up against Australia and New Zealand.
Australia Vs Scotland
First up is the clash at the Lightstream Stadium as the vast underdogs Scotland take on tournament favourites Australia.
The Kangaroos are set to hand debuts to five players in Justin O’Neill, Matt Moylan, James Maloney, Jake Trbojevic and Jake Friend.
Making way are the experienced pack of Greg Inglis, Jonathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Matt Gillett and Darius Boyd.
The Bravehearts meanwhile, include Wests Tigers player Tyson Frizell plus veterans Danny Brough and Andrew Henderson are included.
Australia have named a weakened team by all accounts but still possessing talent such as Cameron Smith in the squad should remain them as red hot favourites.
Scotland have showed bouts of resistance in previous International tournaments, their surprise win over Tonga in 2013 being a prime example.
However, against the Aussies, it is a bridge too far.
Led by Brough, they may show as much resistance as Wales did in 2000 but the Australians should condemn them to a consecutive defeat.
An Australian as most expect is imminent but the Scots should take positives if they hold them for a considerable period of time.
Prediction: Australia 46-10 Scotland
England Vs New Zealand
Game two of the tournament sees England play New Zealand at a sold out John Smiths Stadium in Huddersfield.
Just another game? Arguably, this is the match that will probably determine who will face the green and golds in the final.
The previous three World Cups have seen to that plus previous Four Nations tournaments so there’s no surprising it is packed out.
Onto personnel and England have skipper Sam Burgess returning from suspension.
He is one of five to come into the squad following the win over France as Chris Hill, John Bateman, Dan Sarginson and George Williams are all included.
The Kiwis will be a strong test and will hope to redeem themselves after their disappointing 26-6 defeat to Australia last time out.
Shaun Johnson and Thomas Leuluai are expected to feature and will be more than a handful.
However, England have the superior record in recent history against the Kiwis on home soil and bolstered by a sell-out crowd, England should edge home.
Gareth Widdop and Williams have been superb all season and with a seasoned forward pack, England should possess enough quality to beat the Kiwis.