The Cronulla Sharks have named their final team for the World Club Challenge clash with the Wigan Warriors at DW Stadium in Wigan.
Cronulla are desperate to ensure they maintain the stranglehold NRL clubs have on the World Club Challenge trophy when they meet Wigan on Sunday.
Sharks star Valentine Holmes has opened up on the protracted contract talks that almost resulted in him leaving the Shire.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan will cast an eye over Gerard Beale and Jack Bird as potential fullbacks when they take on Wigan in the World Club Series.
Indigenous All Stars representative Jack Bird has spent the past few days in Newcastle teaching young kids, but also learning about his own personal identity.
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Sharks centre Jack Bird hasn't ruled out a switch to fullback if teammate Valentine Holmes fails to recover from the grade two hamstring strain.
He's set to join the NRL's illustrious 300 club in 2017 but Sharks back-rower Chris Heighington says he is not yet considering retirement.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan is hopeful forgotten hooker James Segeyaro will join the club sooner rather than later with their starting No.9 still a mystery.
Gerard Beale looms as the man most likely to start the season at fullback for the Sharks if Valentine Holmes is unable to recover from a hamstring injury.