Sharks fullback Nathan Gardner has been added to the VB NSW Cup representative team where he will join teammate Tim Robinson in the side to play Queensland Residents in a curtain-raiser to State of Origin Game 3.
Gardner, who has been an attacking standout for the NSW Cup Sharks so far this season and was also a major reason the 2013 side managed to claim the NSW Cup premiership, will now miss the Sharks match with the Newtown Jets on Saturday.
Gardner has played two games for the Sharks in the NRL this season, while he scored three tries in his last outing which was in the NSW Cup Sharks loss to the Bulldogs at Henson Park last weekend.
Sharks NSW Cup coach Tony Herman also has a role as a coaching assistant with the VB NSW Cup representative side.
The NSW Cup Rep side to play Queensland Residents is as follows:
Nathan Gardner – Cronulla Sharks
Chanel Mata’utia - Newcastle Knights
Isaah Yeo - Penrith Panthers
Waqa Blake - Penrith Panthers
Nathan Stapleton - Newtown Jets / Sydney Roosters
Jack Ahearn - Mounties / Canberra Raiders
Mitch Cornish - Mounties / Canberra Raiders
Sam Anderson - Penrith Panthers
Mitch Williams - Wyong Roos
Jack Buchanan - Wests Tigers
Lachlan Burr - Canterbury Bulldogs
Jake Foster - Mounties / Canberra Raiders
Tim Robinson - Cronulla Sharks
Tyler Randell - Newcastle Knights
Willis Meehan - Sydney Roosters
Mark Nicholls - Mounties / Canberra Raiders
Nathan Brown - Wests Tigers
COACH: Jason Taylor – Sydney Roosters
MANAGER: - Brett McKenna