You'd be forgiven for not knowing that there was actually any rugby on this week the way the press have focussed on England coach Wayne Bennett's approach to his media commitments, but there's plenty to be concerned about on field, as well.
Despite beating England by a point and almost pegging Australia back in a narrow defeat, New Zealand know that victory against Scotland will all but cement their place in Four Nations final at Anfield next week. With points difference a possible factor should England win, the Kiwis will want to put as much on the board as possible against the winless Scottish, so that could be an ugly encounter should they get their way.
England, meanwhile, have to do something they haven't for some time and overcome the powerhouse Australia outfit, and that might not even be enough. A good showing against New Zealand in which many felt they defeated themselves was a distance memory against Scotland, a game in which England really struggled to get going, and found themselves 8-0 down before starting to wake up.
Far from the level of performance needed against this much fancied Kangaroo side, anything less than their best will result in heavy defeat. It's not the easiest task in the world, but it wouldn't be an England national side if it was - that's something we're all too well aware exists in us as a nation.
New Zealand vs Scotland
Friday 11th November, 20:00
Live on Premier Sports
So far we've predicted Scotland to lose by a 50-point margin twice, and each time they've turned in a performance good enough to avoid a landslide defeat. Some wayward goal kicking and a fortunate deflected try was all that stopped a second string Australian side from doing the damage, but last week, England didn't even threaten to come close.
Having shown the type of grit, commitment and willingness to work for one another that will allow the side to grow from strength-to-strength, this Four Nations experience will likely be marked down as a positive by the Scottish set-up, despite having failed to spring at least one surprise victory.
This time around, however, New Zealand will know that a large victory will all but confirm their place in the final, so the Scotland side would do well to brace themselves for somewhat of an onslaught.
Talismanic back Shaun Johnson has been in wonderful form in both matches he's played - putting him well in line for a player of the tournament nomination - and if he attacks the Scottish line with the same speed and invention that he did against England and Australia, they might not have enough to stop him.
There's a lot of power in the Kiwi pack and an extreme amount of speed across the backline, so if they click early, we might finally get the margin of victory we've been expecting.
Scotland have proven that there's life beyond the big three nations in rugby league by participating in this tournament as valiantly as they have done, but there's still a long way to go before they can confidently step up to this level and expect to come away with anything more than a lesson in how to play the game. New Zealand will win, and they'll win big.
Recommended Bet: New Zealand to beat Scotland by +51pts @ 29/10
England vs Australia
Sunday 13th November, 15:30
Live on BBC One
As far as talent is concerned, this England side is more than capable of getting a result against Australia, with more than enough power in the forwards, skill across the back and commitment between them to turn over what many believe to be the best international side in rugby league. What they appear to lack, however, is the belief.
There's a mental block present that stops England expressing themselves against the Kangaroos, they make mistakes they otherwise wouldn't, allow softer tries than they might otherwise and go inside a collective shell that has cost them victory after victory - and this Sunday, it might well do again.
It's not as if England lay down and die though, far from it. What's perhaps worse, and definitely more painful, is that these results usually go against them in moments where you just start allowing yourself to believe again, and then the worst happens. In his press conference, coach Wayne Bennett refused to entertain the idea too closely, but also didn't go as far to deny its existence, either.
With so many players now based in the Australian NRL - widely recognised as the premier rugby league competition on the planet - there's no denying the level of player that we can boast, but there's a big difference between theory and putting that in to practice.
If it's a performance anything like what they put in against Scotland, then England will be beaten by some margin. However, with the gravity of the situation hard to ignore, both pride and a place in the final on the line, it's hard to believe that they'll allow themselves to be that inept two matches straight. Expect a tight, hard fought, close game, with discipline and defence rigidity likely to make the difference.
Ultimately, this is likely to end in heartbreak for England because well, doesn't it always?
Recommended Bet: Australia to beat England by 1-10pts @ 21-10