The NRL has today paid tribute to Greg Pierce, Cronulla's first Australian Captain, who died yesterday following a long illness, aged 66.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has defended Paul Gallen amidst calls for the New South Wales skipper to be denied a farewell State of Origin match in Game Three.
They might not get the plaudits of some of their fellow Cronulla forwards, but Matt Prior and Sam Tagataese are crucial for the Sharks each week.
Should Adam Reynolds fail to recover in time for Origin III, NSW utility Jack Bird believes he's ready to start, just not in the Blues No.7 jersey.
Suspended New South Wales Origin back-rower Wade Graham has picked up where he left off at Sharks training, according to veteran hooker Michael Ennis.
Fresh off the bye, the Sharks will be searching for their 11th consecutive victory over a Warriors side who head across the Tasman on a three-game winning run.
The Titans, Dragons and Warriors all had important wins during the major bye round, keeping pace with the top eight as the business end of the season looms.
Disappointed Cronulla back-rower Wade Graham insists the Blues must move on from his suspension and has backed close mate Tyson Frizell to impress in his place.
Johnathan Thurston is the best because of his ability to win key moments rather than because he does things no-one else can do, according to James Maloney.
Blues coach Laurie Daley says he is shattered for Wade Graham, whose one-match suspension has robbed him of an Origin debut next Wednesday.