Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen is set to be fit for round one after being named for the side’s final NRL trial against the Wests Tigers on Saturday.
Gallen pulled out of last week’s All Stars game with a calf injury and was in doubt for their season opener against premiers North Queensland on March 5.
The Sharks earlier in the week said they would err on the side of caution with his return but the NSW Origin captain has been named to take on the Tigers at Campbelltown.
Coach Shane Flanagan has named young gun Jack Bird at fullback ahead of Valentine Holmes and Ben Barba.
Bird will be given every opportunity to stake his claim for the vacant No.1 jumper while Barba, who was a standout out for the Indigenous All Stars will start off the bench but will spend time at the back.
Holmes has been named on the wing and appears to have missed out on the spot.
Sharks: Jack Bird, Valentine Holmes, Gerard Beale, Ricky Leutele, Sosaia Feki, James Maloney, Chad Townsend, Sam Tagataese, Michael Ennis, Andrew Fifita, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Jayson Bukuya, Joseph Paulo, Ben Barba, Matt Prior, David Fifita, Chris Heighington.