There will be a strong showing from the Cronulla Sharks contingent in the opening round of the Rugby League World Cup this weekend.

Along with Wade Graham who will make his debut for the Kangaroos, Valentine Holmes (Australia), Andrew Fifita (Mate Ma'a Tonga) and Gerard Beale (New Zealand) have all been named in their respective teams earlier today.

For the rest of the Sharks players, there is a widespread amount of talent on show across a range of nations.

Chris Heighington has been named on the bench for England's opener against the Kangaroos, while James Segeyaro has also been named on the bench for Papua New Guinea's clash against Wales.

Toa Samoa will see the largest number of Sharks players selected with Joseph Paulo set to play five-eight which Ricky Leutele and Fa'amanu Brown have both been named on an extended bench.

See the full team lists below.

Australia v England
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, 8pm Friday
 
ENGLAND
1   Jonny LOMAX
2   Jermaine MCGILLVARY
3   Kallum WATKINS
4   John BATEMAN
5  Ryan HALL
6   Gareth WIDDOP
7   Luke GALE
8   Chris HILL
9   Josh HODGSON
10  James GRAHAM
11  Sam BURGESS
12  Elliott WHITEHEAD
13  Sean O'LOUGHLIN (c)
14  Alex WALMSLEY
15  Chris HEIGHINGTON
16  Thomas BURGESS
17  James ROBY

18  Ben CURRIE
19  Kevin BROWN
20  Mark PERCIVAL
21  Scott TAYLOR

Papua New Guinea v Wales
Oil Search NSF Stadium, Port Moresby, 3pm Saturday (4pm AEDT)

PNG
1  David MEAD (c)
2  Justin OLAM
3  Kato OTTIO
4  Nene MACDONALD
5  Garry LO
6  Ase BOAS
7  Watson BOAS
8  Stanton ALBERT
9  Wartovo PUARA
10  Luke PAGE
11  Rhyse MARTIN
12  Rod Griffin
13  Paul AITON
14  Kurt BAPTISTE
15  Willie MINOGA
16  James SEGEYARO
17  Enock MAKI

18   Lachlan LAM
19   Stargroth AMEAN
20   Wellington ALBERT
21   Moses MENINGA

SAMOA
1   Young TONUMAIPEA
2   Peter MATA'UTIA
3   Timoteo LAFAI
4   Joseph LEILUA
5   Ken MAUMALO
6   Joseph PAULO
7   Ben ROBERTS
8   Junior PAULO
9   Jazz TEVAGA
10   Sam LISONE
11   Joshua PAPALII
12   Frank PRITCHARD (c)
13   Leeson AH MAU
14   Pita GODINET
15   Herman ESE'ESE
16   Suaia MATAGI
17   Bunty Afoa

18   Zane MUSGROVE
19   Ricky LEUTELE
20   Frank WINTERSTEIN
21   Fa'amanu BROWN