Young Sharks in NSW call up

After a Matthews Cup season which saw the Sharks go through the home and away rounds undefeated, three Cronulla youngsters have won selection in the NSW Under 16’s team to play Queensland in the curtain-raiser to State of Origin game one.

Bronson Xerri, Franklin Pele and Isaac Longmuir, members of the 2016 Sharks Matthews Cup squad, have been rewarded for their teams’ spirited defence of the under-16’s title by being named in Coach Brad Fittler’s NSW team.

Five players from Matthews Cup winners Parramatta were chosen, along with four from the runner-up Newcastle Knights.

Sharks Matthews Cup skipper Kai Broadhurst and the competition’s leading try-scorer Cameron O’Connor were members of a 27-man train-on squad and could be rated as unlucky not to receive the call-up into the final 18-player team.

The Sharks boys and their NSW Under 16’s teammates will now prepare to play the Queenslanders in a match scheduled for June 1 at ANZ Stadium.

They will come together for training later this week before going into camp ahead of next Wednesday’s match.

A handful of Sharks SG Ball players have also been included in an extended under-18’s squad, with a final team to be announced before they tackle the Maroons before the second origin game at Suncorp Stadium.  

NSW Under 16’s

1. John Paul Nohra       Parramatta Eels

2. William Kei               Parramatta Eels

3. Bronson Xerri         Cronulla Sharks

4. Max Lehmann           Manly Sea Eagles

5. Cliff Lea’aetoa           Parramatta Eels

6. Jock Madden            Newcastle Knights

7. Pheonix Crossland     Newcastle Knights

8. Mathew Dragisic        Canberra Raiders

9. Kyle Schneider          Parramatta Eels

10. Franklin Pele       Cronulla Sharks

11. Shawn Blore           Penrith Panthers

12. Mateo Tatola          Balmain Tigers

13. Brock Gardner        Newcastle Knights

14. Isaac Longmuir   Cronulla Sharks

15. Tom Baker             Newcastle Knights

16. Lindsay Smith        Penrith Panthers

17. Egan Butcher         South Sydney Rabbitohs

18. Harry Duggan        Parramatta Eels

Head Coach                Brad Fittler

Assistant Coach           Mark O’Meley