Four young Sharks, including Bronson Xerri who has been training with the NRL squad throughout the summer, have been named in NSW Pathways age group squads.
The NSWRL today announced the initial NSW Under-18s and Under 16’s Pathways squads for 2018, with Xerri and Franklin Pele chosen in the 18’s and Billy Burke and Blake Hosking in the 16’s.
All four will assemble at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen on 15-17 January for a pre-season camp.
Xerri, an outside back and Pele who plays in the front row, were both members of the Sharks SG Ball side in 2017 and are once again eligible to compete in the NSWRL Junior rep under 18’s competition which begins in a little over a month’s time.
Burke and Hosking, both forwards, will turn out for the Sharks in the Matthew’s Cup in the coming season.
All four are from local junior league clubs, with Xerri and Burke from the Aquinas Colts, Pele from Gymea, while Hosking played for the Engadine/Yarrawarrah/Bosco combined team in 2017.
The initial Pathways squads are listed below, with players to be added when identified during the upcoming Junior rep season.
2018 NSW Uunder 18’s Pathways squad
Mateo Tatola Canterbury Bulldogs
Franklin Pele Cronulla Sharks
Bronson Xerri Cronulla Sharks
Max Feagai Illawarra Steelers
Mathew Feagai Illawarra Steelers
Josh Schuster Manly Sea Eagles
Max Lehmann Manly Sea Eagles
Albert Hopoate Manly Sea Eagles
Jaron Purcell Newcastle Knights
Phoenix Crossland Newcastle Knights
Bradman Best Newcastle Knights
Sam Hughes Parramatta Eels
Stefano Utoikamanu Parramatta Eels
Tyler Field Parramatta Eels
Kyle Schneider Parramatta Eels
John Paul Nohra Parramatta Eels
Shawn Blore Penrith Panthers
Lindsay Smith Penrith Panthers
Duwanye Fuimaono Sydney Roosters
Egan Butcher Sydney Roosters
2018 NSW Under-16s Pathways squad
Clay Webb Canberra Raiders
Jack Williams Canberra Raiders
Junior Tupou Canberra Raiders
Billy Burke Cronulla Sharks
Blake Hosking Cronulla Sharks
Tyreece Matangi Manly Sea Eagles
Kaeo Weekes Manly Sea Eagles
Unitoni Mataele Manly Sea Eagles
Noah Griffiths Melbourne Storm
Kodi Crowther Newcastle Knights
Nicholas Russell North Sydney
Trey Mooney Parramatta Eels
Oscar Mezzomo Parramatta Eels
Caleb Tohi Parramatta Eels
Jai Wynbergen Penrith Panthers
Hohepa Puru Penrith Panthers
Zach Maling South Sydney
Zach Kambos South Sydney
Josh Bevan Sydney Roosters
Cameron Lawrence Western Suburbs