#SharksNewsToday - March 25

Bird set to fly
If Jack Bird was nervous about his potential NRL debut on Saturday night nobody could have guessed by his demeanour at Sharks training today.

The 19-year-old Bird was full of confidence as he trained strongly with the NRL squad, however coach Shane Flanagan was tight-lipped as to the role he expected his young gun to play this weekend.

Bird has been named on a 5-man interchange bench but is expected to take his place it the final 17 for the game against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday night. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

Wade Graham was also seen working on his kicking game at the conclusion of the session, indicating he will almost certainly fill the five-eighth role in place of the suspended Ben Barba.

The Sharks have no serious injury concerns ahead of the Gold Coast game.


#Heighno250NRL
Further to Saturday night, while one Shark is set to play his first game, another runs out for his 250th, with Chris Heighington to achieve a significant personal milestone.

In a career which began, as he tells Sharks TV, back in 2003 when he was an “87kg, 19-year-old forward told to just go out and make 20 tackles,” Heighington has won a premiership and forged a reputation as a reliable and hard-working player for both the Wests Tigers and Cronulla clubs.

Sharks TV caught up with Heighington in the lead up to his milestone match, with his interview now playing. Click on the following link to view - http://www.sharks.com.au/news/2015/03/25/sharks_tv_heighingto.html

 

#PlayNRL and win with the Sharks
It’s not too late to register, with the Sharks encouraging young Rugby League players to get down to their local club prior to the start of the 2015 season.

And as further enticement, as a part of an exciting promotion, all newly registered players in the Cronulla junior district competition will go into a draw to win a Sharks VIP, behind-the-scenes experience.

The ‘Inner Sanctum’ experience will see the lucky winners and their families invited to attend a Sharks NRL open training session, before taking a tour of Remondis Stadium.

The winners will also be granted entry into the Sharks dressing shed, while a barbeque will provide a special opportunity for the children and their parents to get up close and personal with the entire Sharks NRL squad.

To be considered for the prize, players must register with one of the 14 Cronulla Sutherland Junior Rugby League clubs prior to the season’s kick off, which for the junior age groups gets underway on April 18.  

For registration and other enquiries, please contact the Cronulla Sutherland District JRFL Office on 9527 8273.

Dates and further details of the promotion are to yet to be confirmed, with the respective clubs to determine their winners of the competition.

 

Project Youth 
The Sharks continued with their Wednesday morning program with Project Youth and the PCYC, with school age youngsters from year 7 to 10 at Remondis Stadium this morning.

The local area students taking part in the program arrive at 7.00am for an hour of fitness, followed by a healthy breakfast, before being transported to the various local schools.

This morning a few of them had the added bonus of meeting and having ‘selfies’ with Sharks skipper Paul Gallen ahead of the teams’ morning training session.

For more on Project Youth, the work they do and the programs they conduct, go the facebook link at - https://www.facebook.com/project.youth.inc