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The Panthers, boosted by the return of some key players, welcome defending premiers Cronulla Sharks to Pepper Stadium on Easter Sunday.

Anthony Griffin is able to recall James Fisher-Harris to the starting line-up after missing three weeks with a fractured cheekbone. Bryce Cartwright is named in the 21-man squad as he looks to shake off an ankle injury that has sidelined him for a month.

Matt Moylan, Viliame Kikau and Waqa Blake also return to the side after a brief stint in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.

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Sharks coach Shane Flanagan is without former Panther James Segeyaro after the hooker broke his arm in their last-start victory over Melbourne. Youngster Jayden Brailey retains his spot at hooker, while Kurt Capewell comes on to the interchange bench.

A trio of familiar faces will also be in the Sharks squad with Luke Lewis, Wade Graham and Jeremy Latimore lining up for the visitors at a ground they once called home.

The Panthers will be hoping to bounce back this weekend after their disheartening one-point loss to South Sydney last Friday night. A last-minute Adam Reynolds field goal sunk a brave but under-strength Panthers outfit.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.