NSW: Reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks will open the 2017 season with a blockbuster against the Brisbane Broncos.
MATT CARR The Manly-bound winger stands as Newcastle's all-time leading tryscorer.
Joshua Bartlett NSW: Many Sharks supporters weren’t even born when Cronulla last played in a grand final.
And it all comes down to this ... clubs name their squads for grand final day 2016.
It was the penultimate week of the 2016 NRL season. And what a heartstopper it was.
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