History will be made on Sunday when the Sharks play their first game in the NRLW competition.
In their season opening game in their first year of participation in the elite level NRL women’s competition, the Sharks host another of the NRLW newcomers in the Canberra Raiders in a match kicking off at 1.50pm. The game will be the second of three to be played at PointsBet Stadium on Sunday, with an NRL match between the Sharks and Sea Eagles to follow and a Jersey Flegg game before the NRLW as the curtain-raiser.
Sharks coach Tony Herman has named a team to play the Raiders with a mixture of experience and youth, with the side to be captained by NSW Origin and Jillaroos outside back Tiana Penitani.
Others with representative experience in the Sharks squad include Emma Tonegato, Quincy Dodd, Vanessa Foliaki and Brooke Anderson, while exciting youngsters Jada Taylor, Andie Robinson and Annessa Biddle get their opportunity to showcase their abilities at the NRLW level.
Kiana Takairangi has also represented New Zealand, Ellie Johnson was a member of the NSW Country team and the NSW Sky Blues Origin extended squad earlier this year, while Tayla Preston played for the NSW City Women’s outfit in 2023.
The Sharks come into the game on the back of a solid trial hit out where they managed to keep the Wests Tigers scoreless while crossing for four tries of their own.
The Sharks v Raiders game, which will be immediately preceded by a performance from recording star Samantha Jade, is scheduled for a 1.50pm kick off at PointsBet Stadium on Sunday.
See following the Sharks team list.
NRLW Sharks v Raiders
1 Jada Taylor
2 Annessa Biddle
3 Tiana Penitani ( C )
4 Kiana Takairangi
5 Andie Robinson
6 Emma Tonegato
7 Tayla Preston
8 Ellie Johnston
9 Quincy Dodd
10 Tegan Dymock
11 Talei Holmes
12 Vanessa Foliaki
13 Brooke Anderson
14 Sereana Naitokatoka
15 Harata Butler
16 Rhiannon Byers
17 Jazmon Tupou-Witchman
18 Cassie Staples
19 Chloe Saunders
20 Maddie Studdon
21 Fiona Jahnke
22 Georgia Ravics
Match: Sharks v Raiders
Round 1 -
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Jada TaylorFullback for Raiders is number 1 Apii Nicholls
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Annessa BiddleWinger for Raiders is number 2 Madison Bartlett
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Tiana PenitaniCentre for Raiders is number 3 Cheyelle Robins-Reti
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Kiana TakairangiCentre for Raiders is number 4 Mackenzie Wiki
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Andie RobinsonWinger for Raiders is number 5 Shakiah Tungai
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Emma TonegatoFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Zahara Temara
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Tayla PrestonHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Ashleigh Quinlan
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Ellie JohnstonProp for Raiders is number 8 Tommaya Kelly-Sines
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Quincy DoddHooker for Raiders is number 9 Chanté Temara
Prop for Sharks is number 15 Harata ButlerProp for Raiders is number 10 Sophie Holyman
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Talei Holmes2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Monalisa Soliola
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Vanessa Foliaki2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Hollie-Mae Dodd
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Brooke AndersonLock for Raiders is number 13 Simaima Taufa
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Sereana NaitokatokaInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Emma Barnes
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Rhiannon ByersInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Grace Kemp
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Jazmon Tupou-WitchmanInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Kerehitina Matua
Interchange for Sharks is number 19 Chloe SaundersInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Tara Reinke
Replacement for Sharks is number 18 Cassie StaplesReplacement for Raiders is number 18 Elise Smith
- Referee: Kasey Badger
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen