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Sam Tagataese at Sharks training during Grand Final Week.

Sharks star Sam Tagataese, his wife Ana Tagataese, and Penrith and Australian forward Trent Merrin join hosts Krit Schmidt and Amie Lindsell in the second episode of the NRL podcast.

Tagataese opens up on his grand final appearance and the amount of rehab he underwent in order to get himself available for grandest stage of them all. 

"I worked hard to get that grand final game," Tagatase says.

"I thought I was ready for the Cowboys game, but lucky they won and I got my chance for the grand final.

"The hurdles I had to jump over just to get there, I was blessed to get that chance and thankful to the coaching staff, the medical team and everybody that helped to get me there. 

"Also to Flanno (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) who picked me, he could have picked someone that was 100 per cent fit, but thought that I deserved the spot, because I had been a big part of the team."

Trent Merrin's Penrith Panthers were knocked out of the 2016 finals series, with the larrikin forward and former premiership-winner at the Dragons admitting an unusual superstition on the podcast.

"I haven't touched my premiership ring since 2010, I have a bit of a voodoo on it I think," Merrin says.

"Mine is tucked away, I never touch it but I do look at it on grand final day and it still gives me goosebumps and the memories. 

"Hopefully I get another chance at it."

Ana Tagataese gives her thoughts on the modern game and tells us who her favourite player was when growing up. She also gives us an insight into what it's like to be the wife of an NRL player.

"It's about building a strong foundation for you, your family and your children," she says.

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