Trail team tomorrow
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan will finalise his trial team for Saturday’s game against Manly tomorrow with a strong side set to be named and a number of the clubs big name stars expected to be on deck.
After the success of the last weekend it will be a confident Sharks outfit which travels to Pittwater Park, however due to the workload of many at the Nines a handful of players will be rested from the trial.
The match however will present a further opportunity for many of the Sharks young stars to press their claims for an NRL berth prior to the round one clash with the Raiders.
The SHARKS v MANLY trial is scheduled for a 5.30pm kick off on Saturday (Feb 7) at Pittwater Park, North Narrabeen, with the NYC match starting at 3:30pm
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Surgery for Nu this week
Scans were conducted almost immediately after he stepped off the plane on Monday with Fa’amanu Brown to undergo surgery on his knee later this week that will see the Sharks young gun set to miss up to six months of football.
The injury comes as a major disappointment for Brown who was well and truly in the mix for a place in the Sharks 17-man squad for the round one match against Canberra in little over a month’s time.
After having only recently turned 20, Nu has plenty of footy ahead of him and it is expected he will be back better than ever after recovering from his ACL knee reconstruction.
Sharks News Today wishes him a speedy recovery.
In further news on the injury front, while a few players are carrying minor niggles, the only other significant concern surrounds prop Sam Tagataese who has a groin strain. Taga won’t be fit to play this weekend with a date for his return to full training yet to be confirmed.
The Sharks are set to visit more than 20 schools next Monday as a part of the NRL Community Carnival and blitz, where they will interact with over 6,000 students all in the one day, with the half-hour schools session involving an educational-type presentation on WELLBEING while also delivering key healthy living messages relating to Physical Activity, Nutrition and Mental Wellness.
Each player will be assigned two schools and will be accompanied by a Sharks representative or NRL Game Development Officer.
The two days following, on Tuesday and Wednesday a yet to be determined four Sharks will then be in Taree/Forster delivering the NRL’s Community Carnival Wellbeing Resource.
Also on the Monday, the Sharks in partnership with NRL Development will conduct a Come and Try Clinic designed to introduce kids to Rugby League.
To be held at Waratah Oval, Sutherland from 4.30-5.30pm and run by NRL Development Officers, the Come and Try Clinic is free and is focussed on fun, where the kids can meet Sharks NRL team members while enjoying some simple rugby league drills and skills.
Junior League representatives will be on hand at the Come and Try Clinic to register any kids who are keen to sign up to their local club for the 2015 season.
For more information on the Come and Try Clinic go to the Sharks website link – CLICK HERE
Gallen anointed Blues skipper in 2015
Sharks captain Paul Gallen yesterday flew to Coffs Harbour yesterday in joining Laurie Daley to announce the NSW North Coast town as the NSW Origin team’s training base for the next two seasons.
While at the Coffs Harbour press conference, Daley anointed Gal as the man to lead the Blues into battle once again in 2015.
The inspirational leader helped steer NSW to victory in 2015, their first series win in nine years.
There was also some contract talk at the press conference, however Paul just wanted Sharks fans to be clear on his message, that he is committed to the Cronulla club in 2015 and when the time comes will sit down and negotiate an extension with the club into 2016.
Should he remain fit and healthy over the next two seasons, Gallen will come close to playing 300 NRL games, all for the Sharks, in a distinguished 14-year NRL career.
Shark dates to remember
Saturday, February 7- Trial match v Manly, Pittwater Park, NRL kick off at 5.30pm
Monday, February 9 – Community Carnival and Come and Try Day
Monday, February 16 – Community Forum 1 – Sharkies Leagues Club – 7.00pm - more info - CLICK HERE
Saturday, February 21 – Trial match v Wests Tigers, Campbelltown Stadium
February 22 – Season Launch and Fan Day – Remondis Stadium – for more info - CLICK HERE
Monday, February 25 – Community Forum 2 – Club Menai – 7.00pm - more info - CLICK HERE
Sunday, March 8 – NRL Round 1 – Sharks v Raiders, Remondis Stadium – kick off 6.30pm