SHARK WEEK: Cronulla players Jack Bird, Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita, James Maloney and debutant Wade Graham get close at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.
SHARK WEEK: Cronulla players Jack Bird, Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita, James Maloney and debutant Wade Graham get close at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort. Trevor Veale

Sharks circling to finish Origin series on a high note

THE inclusion of Wade Graham into the New South Wales team for the final State of Origin match of the series gives the Blues a distinct Shark flavour.

When Graham makes his Origin debut next week he will have plenty of mates to call on for support.

The 25-year-old is one of five Cronulla-Sutherland players chosen in the Blues team with James Maloney, Jack Bird, Andrew Fifita and captain Paul Gallen the others.

Seeing the Sharks have won their past 12 matches, it’s little wonder the team is dominated by the NRL’s most in-form team.

For Graham the camp at Coffs Harbour’s Novotel Pacific Bay Resort this week is a second chance at living out a dream.

He was chosen to make his debut in Game 2 but was robbed of the opportunity by the NRL judiciary.

This time around there’s no question marks over him and NSW coach Laurie Daley said it’s a debut that’s been a long time coming.

“Obviously ‘Wade-O’ was disappointed to miss out in game two but now gets an opportunity to start as a left back-rower,” Daley said.

“He’s been on the verge for a couple of years, he’s been in the system and I know how passionate he is about playing for New South Wales and I know he won’t let anyone down.”



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