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Rep Round preview

Its starts with the Test Match between Australia and New Zealand on Friday night and finishes with last-ever City v Country clash in Mudgee on Sunday, with the Rep Round offering up numerous games at various venues this weekend.

The Sharks are providing plenty of the talent across the weekend in almost all the games being played.

See what games are on, where they are set to be played and the Sharks taking part in our rep Round preview.


FRIDAY

Australia v New Zealand Anzac Test
Andrew Fifita was a late call up, Valentine Holmes is back in the green and gold after a successful Fur Nations Tour with the Kangaroos while James Maloney is waiting in the wings with Jonathan Thurston needing to prove his fitness before the game on Friday night.

The Kangaroos won the last meeting between the two teams in the Four Nations Final and were successful this time last year in beating the Kiwis in Newcastle. Despite a handful of withdrawals due to injury, Australia will again go in as heavy favourites.

Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
When: Kick-off – Friday, 7.50pm
Televised on Channel 9

Sharks – Andrew Fifita, Valentine Holmes, James Maloney (19th man on stand by)

Australia Jillaroos v New Zealand Silver Ferns
Women’s Test
Sharks Women’s Series player Ruan Sims will captain the Jillaroos who are hoping to build on their 3-0 whitewash of the Silver Ferns in the Auckland Nines earlier in the year.

Two Sharks in Sims and Corban McGregor are certain starters in the Jillaroos side, while Maddie Studdon has been selected on an extended bench.

The Ferns won 26-16 the last time the two teams met which was 12 months ago in a match played in Newcastle.

Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
When: Kick off – Friday, 5.25pm
To be broadcast on delay by Channel 9 following the Kangaroos v Kiwis Tests Match.

Sharks - Corban McGregor, Ruan Sims, Maddie Studdon

Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwis
Three Sharks have been recognised for their talents and also for their teams’ impressive start to the 2017 season by being selected for the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis for the annual clash between rugby league’s rising stars.

Centre Jesse Ramien will line up for the Junior Roos, backrower Briton Nikora and winger Sione Katoa for the Junior Kiwis in a match which is always keenly contested.

The first game on GIO Stadium on Canberra on Friday.

Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
When: Kick-off – Friday, 3.15pm

Sharks – Jesse Ramien (Australia), Briton NIkora, Sione Katoa (New Zealand)


SATURDAY

Samoa v England

Chris Heighington will make his first appearance for England since 2011 and play for his father's homeland for the fifth time in his career when he runs out against the Samoan’s on Saturday night.

In what should be a physical contest the English, made up from players flown out from the UK SuperLeague alongside those now plying their trade in the NRL, could have their hands full against an enthusiastic Samoan side.

Fa’amanu Brown plays for the Samoans.

Where: Campbelltown Stadium
When: Kick-off - Saturday, 7.40pm
Televised on Fox Sports

Sharks – Chris Heighington (England), Fa’amanu Brown (Samoa)


Tonga v Fiji
Usually a game where structure goes out the window as both teams rip in as they try to assert some ‘Pacific Island’ authority, the Tonga v Fiji game could end up being be the most entertaining of the night.

Tony Williams, just a week after his NRL debut with the Sharks is the only Cronulla player involved.

Where: Cambelltown Stadium
When: Kick-off – Saturday, 5.30pm
Televised on Fox Sports

Sharks – Tony Williams


Cook Islands v PNG
On paper two teams with the least recognisable rosters when it comes to NRL playing talent, however both the Cook Islands and PNG are sure to turn on an entertaining affair.

No Sharks players have been included in either side.

Where: Campbelltown Stadium
When:
Kick-off - Saturday, 3.15pm
Televised on Fix Sports

Sharks – None


SUNDAY

City Origin v Country Origin
The annual City v Country match, the last to be played with the NRL axing the game in 2018, has attracted some negative publicity in the lead up however once the team lists came out both squads somewhat surprisingly can boast good talent in their line ups.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen brought some respectability to the game when he announced he would play for City, with Cronulla teammates Chad Townsend and Joseph Paulo to join him in the blue and gold.

Matt Prior, originally from Thirroul and a player on the fringe of NSW State of Origin selection, will play for Country. The match is to be played in Mudgee on Sunday.

Where: Glen Willow Sports Complex, Mudgee
When: Kick-off – Sunday, 4.00pm
Televised on Channel 9

Sharks – Paul Gallen, Chad Townsend, Joseph Paulo (City), Matt Prior (Country)

NSW Residents v Queensland Residents
A game where the fringe NRL talents gets a chance to shine, the NSW Intrust Super Premiership team travels north to play the best players from the Queensland Intrust Super Cup in the annual resident’s game.

The Sharks and/or Newtown Jets are supplying two players to the NSW team, ironically one of them is a bona-fide Queenslander in Jordan Drew, the other Canberra recruit Jack Williams.   

Drew has been strong in the centres for the Jets this year, back rower Williams solid since regaining full fitness after injuries hampered his pre-season.

The game will be played at Langlands Park, the home of Easts Brisbane, which is located in Coorparoo in Queensland.  

Where: Langlands Park, Brisbane
When: Kick-off – Sunday, 1.40pm
Televised on delay by Fox Sports (Check local listings)

Sharks – Jack Williams, Jordan Drew (NSW)