The Cronulla Sharks host the Manly Sea Eagles in a blockbuster showdown at PointsBet Stadium.
Regular Sharks skipper Dale Finucane is out for a few weeks with concussion issues, with Craig Fitzgibbon believing Nicho Hynes was the logical replacement as captain, while Cameron McInnes will fill the No.13 role.
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Aiden Tolman enters the starting line-up for Braden Hamlin Uele who has suffered a pectoral injury, with Royce Hunt joining the prop rotation from the bench.
The Sharks welcome second British rower Nikora from Covid protocols in a timely boost to their pack.
For the Sea Eagles, Morgan Harper returns from Covid protocols at center, with Tolutau Koula transferred to reserves, but he could be a late inclusion somewhere in the 17.
Prop Sean Keppie is out with a concussion with Ethan Bullemor and Kurt De Luis joining the bench.
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The No. 7 battle should be worth the price of admission alone with Daly Cherry-Evans and Hynes in top form to start the season.
Both teams will be desperate to win as they aim to carve out a place in the all-important top four.
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