Mark Nicholls never doubted whether he had the ability, but he did doubt whether it was worth pursuing his NRL dream. Now, having twice gone about two years between games during his career, the South Sydney prop will play in just the Rabbitohs' second grand final in 50 years - against Penrith at Lang Park on Sunday, unless a coronavirus outbreak forces the game to be relocated to Townsville. Nicholls has finally established himself in the NRL, taking nine years since his debut to bring up his 100th game. That journey started with the Canberra Raiders, before shifting to the Melbourne Storm for two years and then finding a home at Souths. He played just 19 games for the Raiders, which included a more than two-year gap between hit-outs in lime green from 2013-2015.