Since entering the NSW Rugby league Premiership in 1967, the Cronulla Sharks have, unfortunately, best been known for their long stretches of futility. The club managed just six finals appearances in its first 28 years of play, but their much-publicised failure to capture a single NRL premiership was finally ended with a Grand Final win in 2016.
A scintillating 15-game winning streak ensured the Sharks would play finals for a second straight year, and while they spluttered towards the end of the season, they recaptured their form just in time. Narrow wins over Canberra and North Queensland put Cronulla into their fourth Grand Final, but this time they came away with their first trophy after a thrilling win over Melbourne.
Senior coach: Shane Flanagan
Captain: Paul Gallen
2016 finish: 1st (3rd after home & away)
2017 Team List
Gerard Beale, Jack Bird, Fa’amanu Brown, Jason Bukuya, Tony Caine, James Segeyaro, Manaia Cherrington, Jordan Drew, Sosaia Feki, Andrew Fifita, Paul Gallen, Wade Graham, Chris Heighington, Valentine Holmes, Saulala Houma, Jeremy Latimore, Ricky Leutele, Luke Lewis, James Maloney, Daniel Mortimer, Joseph Paulo, Matt Prior, Sami Sauiluma, Sam Tagataese, Chad Townsend, Tony Williams
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