The battle for control of Manly has been won in a move that will have huge ramifications on and off the field.
Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.
Pakistan batting line-up were intent on keeping the Aussies in the desert heat for as long as possible.
A mass player shortage confronting the NSW Blues has been exacerbated by former Test seamer Trent Copeland succummbing to stress fractures of the back.
Parramatta are set to upgrade and extend the contract of head coach Brad Arthur.
Essendon senior official Neil Craig is adamant James Hird will be senior coach next season.
Injured Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy will use the Super Rugby season to launch his bid for World Cup selection, admitting Australian rugby faces "a pretty strange time" after appointing its third coach in 15 months.
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has vowed to unite the states behind the Australian team.
A horse owned by Sheikh Fahad winning a Geelong Cup with Craig Williams in the saddle is an ominous pointer to bigger things.
The announcement of Michael Cheika as the new Wallabies coach on Wednesday was the first big step Australian rugby is making to pick itself up from the crisis that has engulfed it in recent weeks and to rebuild for next year’s World Cup.