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Graham not convinced by new interchange rules

Phil Lutton 6:08 PM   The Bulldogs prop isn't sold on rule changes but Michael Ennis says the moves to reduce interchanges didn't go far enough.

Barba can return to his prime for Sharks, says Ennis

Holding on: Ben Barba is locked in a three-way scrap with Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird for the fullback jumper.

Phil Lutton 4:19 PM   Ennis believes a fit Barba can thrive in the Shire after overcoming injuries that put the brakes on a patchy 2015 campaign.

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan wants All Stars match scrapped

No more All Stars matches: Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan wants an end to the annual clash.

Adrian Proszenko   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has called for the "outdated" All Stars game to be scrapped after the fixture left him without almost $4 million of talent for his club's first trial of the season.

Barba prepared to revive utility role

Selection scrap: Cronulla's Ben Barba is in the running for the fullback slot.

Ben Barba may keep his super-sub tag, with the Cronulla utility uncertain whether he has done enough to claim the No.1 jersey.

Auckland Nines: The rookies to watch

Hot property: Panthers recruit Te Maire Martin was invited to train with the Kiwis before he had even played an NRL match.

Michael Carayannis   The Auckland Nines has been a launching pad for some of the brightest talents in the game in recent seasons. Michael Carayannis runs his eye over the uncapped NRL players who are expected to take the tournament by storm.

Holmes stood down from Nines

Feeling sheepish: Valentine Holmes.

An apologetic Valentine Holmes has been dropped from this weekend's NRL Auckland Nines by Cronulla after his early morning brush with police in Brisbane.

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Maroons ban for duo after run-in with police

Cameron Munster of the Storm.

Brad Walter   Cronulla fullback Valentine Holmes and Melbourne utility Cameron Munster have been told they will not be considered for State of Origin selection this year and four other Queensland players may suffer the same fate after breaking curfew during last weekend's Emerging Maroons camp.

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Sharks coach tips Bird for NSW Origin

Popular with fans: Cronulla star Jack Bird.

Laine Clark   Competition for spots has made players "pull their finger out" at Cronulla training - and maybe help the re-signed Jack Bird put his hand up for NSW Origin duty.

Bird rejects Dragons to re-sign with Sharks

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07:  Jack Bird in action during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium on ...

Cronulla have scored a victory over traditional rivals St George Illawarra by re-signing rookie of the year Jack Bird.

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New Sharks pairing will need time to fire

Half chances: Chad Townsend and James Maloney.

They have already done enough to ensure boom NRL youngster Jack Bird won't play in his preferred position. But new Cronulla halves pairing James Maloney and Chad Townsend may take until mid-season to finally gel as a combination, Michael Ennis warns.

Ennis trusts staff despite Essendon ruling

Pre-season training: Wade Graham, Michael Ennis, Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita joke around during a Cronulla Sharks ...

Laine Clark   Michael Ennis admits it might sound naive but the supplements saga that embroiled his NRL club Cronulla and devastated Essendon in the AFL won't stop him following support staff orders without question.

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Why the Bombers' penalty was so different to Cronulla's

Paul Gallen was among the suspended Sharks.

Roy Masters   A full-season suspension of Essendon players for taking performance enhancing drugs and only a three-game ban for Cronulla footballers?

Gallen says it would be 'strange' for Queensland to turn to Walters as coach

Maroons man: Kevin Walters is now favourite to be Queensland coach.

Michael Carayannis   NSW skipper Paul Gallen believes it would be a "little bit strange" for his Queensland counterparts to offer Kevin Walters the coaching position after initially rejecting him in favour of Paul Green.

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I want to be Sharks No.1 says Holmes

Hateful eight: Valentine Holmes is among those banned from Queensland selection.

James MacSmith   Valentine Holmes has his sights set on taking over the fullback spot at Cronulla next season, sparking a battle for what is sure to be one of the most hotly contested positions in the NRL.

Maloney ready to star for Sharks

New Shark: James Maloney has left the Roosters to join Cronulla.

Adrian Proszenko   James Maloney, during what turned out to be an extended holiday, has already been told he'll regret his decision to swap Bondi Junction for the Shire.

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Cronulla board meet to discuss Carney texts

Todd Carney

Daniel Lane   Cronulla's board held a meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss, among other matters, the emails that were sent by Sharks board member Craig Airey to Todd Carney last year after the footballer was sacked when a photograph of him performing a lewd act was circulated on social media.

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Gallen targets SBW but must overcome next Kiwi challenge

Punching on: Paul Gallen throws a right at Randall Rayment during their heavyweight bout during the Footy Show Fight ...

Daniel Lane   Cronulla Sharks skipper Paul Gallen said despite the demand for him and All Blacks forward Sonny Bill Williams to lock horns in the boxing ring, he's all but ruled out any chance of it happening this summer.

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'I feel I was harshly done by': Carney to sue Sharks

Todd Carney feels he was harshly done by when he was sacked by the club last year.

Todd Carney is suing Cronulla for close to $3 million in what he calls a bid to protect fellow players.

Robson joins Warriors for 2016

On the move: Jeff Robson.

Jeff Robson will swap roles with Chad Townsend for the 2016 NRL season, after the veteran Cronulla playmaker was snapped up by the Warriors on a one-year deal on Wednesday.

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Carney to sue Cronulla over 'unfair sacking'

Legal action: Todd Carney.

Daniel Lane   Former Cronulla star Todd Carney will commence legal action against his old club and argue they were in breach of their own contract when they sacked him last season, said his barrister Julieanne Levick.