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Sharks pull out stars for NRL Nines

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/01/2017

Wade Graham. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Wade Graham. Wade Graham, Luke Lewis and Jack Bird headline a seven-strong contingent of grand final heroes in Cronulla's squad for the NRL Auckland Nines.

The trio join Matt Prior, Chris Heighington, Gerard Beale and Ricky Leutele, as members of the side who prevailed in last year's grand final win, to also be included in an 18-man squad for next weekend's tournament at Eden Park.

Coach Shane Flanagan has left several of his biggest names at home, including Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita and James Maloney, however the premiers have named one of the strongest line-ups.

One of the biggest points of interest will be the inclusion of under-20s halfback Kyle Flanagan, the son of coach Shane.

Wests Tigers recruit Manaia Cherrington will get a chance to make a statement about his desire to wear the No.9 jersey vacated by the retiring Michael Ennis.

Sharks: Wade Graham, Luke Lewis, Matt Prior, Chris Heighington, Gerard Beale, Kurt Capewell, Joseph Paulo, Jack Bird, Ricky Leutele, Manaia Cherrington, Jesse Ramien, Will Kennedy, Jayden Walker, Kyle Flanagan, Sione Katoa, Billy Magoulias, Malakai Houma, Kurt Kara.

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