This matchup has had everything over recent years – a seven-tackle try, a golden point win and an unthinkable comeback to snap an 11-game winning streak.
Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen can't wait for a rematch against the side that knocked the Sharks out of the 2015 premiership race: reigning premiers the Cowboys.
Between controversial finals and upset results, the Cowboys-Sharks rivalry is starting to grow according to North Queensland co-captain Johnathan Thurston.
Off-contract at season's end, Luke Lewis has made the most of a strong pre-season and is just weeks away from the birth of his first child.
Cronulla will become a more attacking side in 2016 as their overhauled playmaking line-up follows an edict from the coach to pile on the points.
Cronulla vice captain Wade Graham is keen to avoid a repeat of last season's losing start to the season - and is out to impress NSW coach Laurie Daley.
Sharks utility Ben Barba is fully fit for the first time in a couple of seasons and has declared he has fallen back in love with football.
Sharks recruit Matt McIlwrick thinks he can make the Cronulla utility role his own in 2016, able to play hooker and in the back row.
Cronulla's Jack Bird's desire to please a father whose own rugby league career was cut short by injury is a driving force to keep improving.
The NRL club captains have differing views on the impact the reduced interchange will have on the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season.