Young stars to battle for junior rep glory

Cronulla will be supported by Immortals and legends when they look for success in both age groups against the Townsville Stingers in the national junior championships at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday.

The Sharks will take on the Stingers in both the under-16s and under-18s age groups in the national finals, beginning at 11am.

Both matches will be streamed live through nrl.com, nswrl.com.au and qrl.com.au.

“It’s an incredible effort from both Cronulla and Townsville to have teams in both national finals,” NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said.

“The national finals concept is now into its fourth year and has been a great success so far. This Saturday’s games will highlight another example of the game’s junior talent and the success of our pathways systems.”

The Cronulla squads will include Monty Raper, the great nephew of Immortal John as well as the grandson of Sharks legend Monty Porter, and Jack Williams, the grandson of the late Immortal Reg Gasnier.

Joining them will be Kyle Flanagan, the son of current NRL Head Coach Shane Flanagan, Jack Gould, the son of Phil Gould, Trace Davidson, the son of Les Davidson, Rhys Ward, the son of Colin Ward, and William Kennedy, the son of William ‘Bubba’ Kennedy.

The national championships matches will be between the winners of the Harold Matthews and Cyril Connell Cups (under-16s) in NSW and Queensland respectively, and the SG Ball and Mal Meninga Cups (under-18s).

The Stingers will be attempting to win their second consecutive under-18s national title. They have emerged as a strong rugby league nursery, representing a significant part of North Queensland.