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Team List Tuesday – Jaeman Begins Edition

NRL Team List

 

Did you really think Team List Tuesday was safe from change after a breakthrough victory against the Titans? The winds of change are blowing through the line-up of the Eels as three rookies rise up to stake claims as starters in Round 22.

Reed Mahoney’s star is well and truly rising while Marata Niukore progression has been more gradual but still noticeable. Now Jaeman Salmon well and truly enters the fray just one week after debuting in the NRL from the bench as he supplants Corey Norman at five-eighth in Parramatta’s Round 22 clash with the Dragons.

Brad Arthur’s new look spine, featuring two rookies, still includes Norman but the rangy play-maker will turn out at fullback this week as ‘BA’ seemingly looks ahead to 2019 to prepare his 6,7 and 9 combination.

We all saw it coming but the big loser out of this reshuffle is of course Bevan French. A lackluster season capped by a truly dreadful run of form in recent weeks have seen the dynamic flier dropped.

The backline shake-up continues as Clinton Gutherson shifts to centre while Jarryd Hayne returns to the wing to accommodate Salmon’s inclusion in the starting line-up.

With a spot opened up on the bench following Salmon’s promotion, Will Smith earns a recall from the injury ward. How Arthur uses Smith will be interesting given that Mahoney did not overtly struggle with the 80min workload against the Titans.

Like Smith, Ray Stone also returns from injury this week and is included on the shadow bench. He is joined there for the first time this season, if I am not mistaken, by another highly rated rookie prospect in Oregon Kaufusi. It seems unlikely that Kaufusi will feature in first-grade this season but look for him to be a factor in 2019.

 

Parramatta Eels side
1. Corey Norman
2. Jarryd Hayne
3. Michael Jennings
4. Clint Gutherson (c)
5. George Jennings
6. Jaeman Salmon
7. Mitch Moses
8. Siosaia Vave
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Tim Mannah (c)
11. Marata Niukore
12. Tepai Moeroa
13. Nathan Brown
Interchange
14. Will Smith
15. Kane Evans
16. Peni Terepo
17. Brad Takairangi
18. Bevan French
19. David Gower
20. Oregon Kaufusi
21. Ray Stone

 

Intrust Super Premiership Team List

 

Wowee. The exciting changes keep rolling through the team lists today! Just as the youth brigade is taking over the NRL team, so too are they encroaching deeply into the Wenty line-up. Haze Dunster, Dylan Brown and Salesi Faingaa all return to the action in the ISP but this time they are joined by a very notable inclusion as Parramatta’s monstrous young bookend Stefano Utoikamanu makes his ISP debut.

Stefano has been a standout in both the Jersey Flegg and Under 18s State of Origin this year and it seems the club is beginning to work him into a bigger plan in the context of 2019 and beyond as they blood him into senior rugby league.

With the likes of Oregon Kaufusi and Ray Stone also set to line-up for the Magpies this week, there are a whole stack of reasons to be excited for the talent pool at Parramatta moving forwards – even if their reserve grade team is struggling at the moment.

 

Wentworthville Magpies side
1. Nathan Davis
2. Haze Dunster
3. Dane Aukafolau
4. Josh Hoffman
5. Greg Leleisiuao
6. Arana Taumata
7. Dylan Brown
8. Magnus Stromquist
9. Rhys Davies
10. Piki Rogers
11. Haimona Hiroti
12. Salesi Fainga’a
13. Daniel Dole
Interchange
14. Abbas Miski
15. Stefano Utoikamanu
16. Eddie Aiono
17. Matt Woods
18. Yileen Gordon

 

Jersey Flegg Team List

 

Keep those rookie debuts coming! SG Ball prospects JP Nohra and David Hollis earn call ups to the Flegg this week as the Eels look to build on a convincing 36-18 victory over fellow post-season contenders the Sydney Roosters last week. Nohra has been a dominant presence at fullback for the Eels in the District Representatives and his inclusion in the #1 bumps the in-form Sione (John) Fonua to halfback as the Eels take on the the Dragons this week.

Hollis is a notable inclusion in his own right for the fact that he only turns seventeen this year. The towering prop forward performed strongly in the SG Ball in 2018 as he put his powerful frame to task in the Under 18s competition. It won’t be an easy jump for Hollis but like so many other roster moves today, it is the signal of the club quickly ramping up its internal projections for 2019.

Finally, one more SG Ball player earns a call up to the Flegg this week in Valance Harris. Harris however already possesses experience in this grade after the young bookend made his debut in the Holden Cup late last year as the Eels made their run to the grand final.

That caps what is arguably the most exciting Team List Tuesday of the season and perhaps since the inception of TCT. All three major grades have received huge infusions of youth and talent as the preparations for 2019 begin in earnest.

Of course our Jersey Flegg team is still well and truly in the hunt for the finals but they benefited massively from a similar injection of youth and talent late in their remarkable 2017 season. Will the same ring true in 2018?

 

Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side
1. JP Nohra
2. Tyler Tuigamala
3. Tuimavave Afualo
4. Ethan Parry
5. Taufa Afu
6. Todd Sapienza
7. Sione Fonua
8. Steve Dresler
9. Vea Tapaatoutai
10. Sean Keppie
11. Sam McGregor
12. Nick Okladnikov
13. Jesse Cronin
Interchange
14. Michael Tupou
15. Tyrone Faulkner
16. Valance Harris
17. David Hollis
18. Mitch Butfield
19. Jaydn Field
20. James Porter
21. Lorenzo Pritchard
22. Ayden Carling 

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DDay
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DDay

Pretty much as per your Whisky musings. Interesting to see so many forwards being promoted in each grade.
Introducing some youthful enthusiasm to wipe away the malaise of entitlement will liven up 2019 preparations!

The Captain
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And my hype has returned. I’m excited to see how this side plays. The switch of Norms to No 1 is interesting – not sure how to read that other than “we want to try Salmon in the halves and the only other place Norms can play is FB”.

It’s a big shuffle to a lot of big names to accommodate Salmon. No pressure kid!

Here’s hoping we help the Dragons continue their traditional late season fade.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

A very interesting NRL team selection. I like the changes overall but not too fussed on Smiths recall to the bench as I cannot see him adding anything to the team, he like a couple of others have not had a great year. So, is he there to cover Mahoney for the 9 spot to rest him or for one of the others? Mulling over that question, I would not be surprised if Smith is not chosen and Ray Stone given that spot, he has played a bit of hooker in ISP and done ok there, so we lose nothing… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden.
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Good write up 40/20. That line up looks good. To me it says find a new club Norman n French as we have the players to take your spots. If I’m correct the last time Norman played fullback we won back 2 back games. My way off thinking next years back line will be this way IMO. 1. Gutherson 2. Hayne 3. M, Jennings 4. Ferguson 5. G, Jennings 6. Salmon 7. Moses. I’m liking the influx of jrs coming thru. I really hope Oregon kaufusi kicks on. I think with a good year under the NRL forwards I think… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

I like it Rev and see that the same. One or two more players brought to Parra would be good; even one more prop and or back would be promising….

The rev aka Snedden.
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The rev aka Snedden.

I say 1 more top prop. I’m hoping big Marty kapow comes over.

Salty Pete
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Salty Pete

Gents, let’s let Salmon ease his way. This time last year he was lying in a hospital bed with a broken neck. He’s only 19 with a big future. We don’t want to weigh him down with unrealistic premature expectations. Let’s face it if Parra were top 8 we wouldn’t be seeing him this year.

The rev aka Snedden.
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The rev aka Snedden.

Salty Pete it’s time we give these kids a go in the NRL side give them experience. After all we have nothing to loose n these young up n comers have a lot to gain.

Dday
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Dday

Rev
The sense of expecting to win because of success last year & complacency at the this year hasn’t helped. So equally we need the cultural shift and hunger that comes with young guys wanting to establish themselves.

The rev aka Snedden.
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The rev aka Snedden.

I agree Dday we need youth to bring energy n can also show us what the future holds see if these up n comers have what it takes.

John Eel
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John Eel

As DDay says, this was Forty’s intuitive comments on Sunday in Whiskey Musings “but should Bevan French be dropped as I hope, there is a very good chance that Salmon can feature prominently in the back line for the remainder of the season.” Maybe these changes are not the remainder of the season yet but certainly a good start. I would like to think that Smith’s inclusion is a good insurance policy in case something happens with Salmon. Maybe he can come in and take some pressure off him in the unlikely event this action is required. I like the… Read more »

John Eel
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John Eel

Sunday should read Monday above

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Only way it could be done in my opinion , if fish is going to be 5/8 next year the experience is invaluable now .

West Coast Eel
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West Coast Eel

I love the look of this team. This is the most excited I’ve been to watch an Eels game since rd 1.

MattL
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MattL

Depending on how the forwards handle the Dragon’s pack, this backline looks like points.

Offside
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Offside

I’m told Oregon is close yo a start if not this week very soon

John Eel
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John Eel

Obviously you are correct as he is on the extended bench but without wanting to go over the development player thing again what is the logic to get him dispensation. There has been injuries to Williams, Scott and Mau. would that be enough.

Offside
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Offside

I think but im not sure releasing matagi opened up a spot and with Alvaro out he fits the criteria to be upgraded

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If theres cap players that canplay that spot you cant leap frog them

Offside
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Offside

True but what other front rower is there in the squad?

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Evans

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Also Gower would be a prop

Offside
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Offside

I know that the club has put the paperwork into the nrl for exception its up to them now. If not this season expect him in the 30 next year.