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2020 NRL preview: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks team guide

Young talent may help the Sharks reach new heights in 2020.

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The Sharks put up a strong NRL campaign in 2019 despite having to deal with injuries and salary cap drama. The team finished seventh on the ladder and made it to the finals, where they lost to the Sea Eagles.

One of the defining aspects of the club last year was the emergence of young talent. Players like Blayke Brailey, Briton Nikora and Braden Hamlin-Uele made a name for themselves, which is excellent news, especially given Paul Gallen's retirement. Bronson Xerri was also a rising star but a positive ASADA drug test has clouded his future.

Coach John Morris was also able to enjoy a full pre-season this time around, so he has had more time to build culture and come up with a strategy that ensures the Sharks will reach their full potential during the 2020 NRL season.

How to watch Cronulla Sharks NRL matches

Fans of Cronulla are facing a tough time if they only plan to watch their team free on the Nine Network. In the revamped schedule, just 3 of their remaining games are on Nine. That leaves no less than 15 matches exclusive to FOX LEAGUE, with no Sharks action airing on free-to-air TV between rounds 3-6, 8-11 or 14-20.

If you don't want to miss a minute of the NRL and want to enjoy everything the competition has to offer, you might want to look into free-to-air alternatives like Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now.

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Kayo Sports is affordable, with subscriptions starting at $25/month with a 14-day free trial. There are no contracts, you get access to more than 50 sports and you can watch on a variety of devices, from smartphones to smart TVs.

Kayo Sports also offers features like SplitView and Interactive Stats that are sure to appeal to sports fans. Check out our Kayo vs Foxtel guide to figure out which of the two options better fits your viewing habits.

Additionally, you can keep up with the Sharks via NRL Live Pass, available for free to Telstra customers. The downside is that live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display size, so you can't watch on the big screen, but it's a worthwhile alternative if you spend a lot of time on the go.

For more details, we have a comprehensive guide on how to stream the 2020 NRL season, which includes a full breakdown of providers.

Watch Cronulla Sharks matches overseas

You can keep up with the Sharks even when travelling outside Australia with Watch NRL. We have a full guide on how to stream the 2020 NRL season from overseas.

When do the Sharks play next?

You can see the complete NRL draw here.

Cronulla Sharks squad

New blood includes Connor Tracey, Jesse Ramien and Cameron King. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the 2020 NRL season.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks history

The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks were admitted to the NSWRFL premiership, predecessor of the current NRL competition, in 1967. In other words, they have been competing for more than 52 years.

During this time, the Sharks have appeared in four grand finals. The team won their first premiership in 2016, after defeating the Melbourne Storm.

They usually play their home games at PointsBet Stadium. However, the stadium is currently undergoing reconstruction, so prior to the pandemic the Sharks were sharing Netstrata Jubilee Oval with the Dragons.

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