Sharks to face Sea Eagles in 2019 Trial

The Sharks will play the Manly Sea Eagles on February 23 in their opening trial match of 2019, in what will be their first serious hit out ahead of the start of the season proper on March 15.

The trial will give a number of the Sharks young up and coming prospects the chance to play against NRL opposition and alongside some of the Club's senior players.

Graduates from the Sharks premiership winning Jersey Flegg side in fullback Luke Polselli, outside backs Bronson Xerri, Isaac Lumelume and Jackson Ferris, half back Braydon Trindall, along with back rowers Teig Wilton and Josh Carr, will be among those most likely to be given their chance to impress in senior company.

Briton Nikora, Billy Magoulias, Daniel Vasquez, Jaimin Jolliffe, Blayke Brailey and Kyle Flanagan, after playing with the Newtown Jets in 2018, will also be a part of the senior squad to contest the Sea Eagles trial.

The Sharks second trial, which is yet to be confirmed, is likely to include the majority of the returning players and more experienced NRL squad members.

Wade Graham is the only player set to be unavailable for the trials and the start of the 2019 season, with the representative back rower continuing his rehabilitation and recovery from knee surgery.

The trial with the Sea Eagles is scheduled to be played at Lottoland (Brookvale Oval) on February 23, with the main game getting underway at 7.30pm.

After a second trial the week following, the Sharks will then play the Newcastle Knights to kick off their 2019 season in a Friday evening clash at McDonald Jones Stadium. Start time for that round one game is at 6.00pm.

The NRL trial with the Sea Eagles will include Jersey Flegg and ISP games beforehand, with the day beginning at 3.15pm.

Details of the Sharks second trial, along with ticketing information for the Manly game, will be communicated when it becomes available.

Saturday, February 23
Sharks v Sea Eagles at Lottoland
3.15pm: Jersey Flegg: Sea Eagles v Sharks
5.15pm: Intrust Super Premiership: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles v Newtown Jets
7.30pm: NRL: Sea Eagles v Sharks