Mark Nicholls is the epitome of what hard work and resilience can get you in life. His former Canberra Raiders teammate David Shillington said for the South Sydney prop to start in the NRL grand final against the Penrith Panthers was a massive achievement - given where he's come from. The 31-year-old took until his 10th season in the NRL to bring up his 100th game and only started for the second time this year. Twice he's gone about two years between NRL games - once as a Raider and the second time when he was with the Melbourne Storm. But he's found a home at Souths under Wayne Bennett and will lead an underrated Rabbitohs forward pack against their more fancied Penrith counterparts, like James Fisher-Harris and Isaah Yeo.