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NRL Team List

Round 26, 7:50PM Thursday 24th August, BlueBet Stadium


2023 ends with a trip to Penrith for the embattled Eels with naught but a sliver of pride to play for on Thursday night. Brad Arthur has included Shaun Lane in his final line-up for the season as Parramatta’s resident tall-timber returns from his third serious injury of the year – this time a dislocated elbow. Lane will play from the interchange bench against the Penrith Panthers will Arthur choosing to start Ryan Matterson on the left edge. That of course frees J’maine Hopgood up to return to his specialist role at lock.

Brendan Hands drops out of the team in the resultant reshuffle and will pilot the NSW Cup team in the halves this week instead. Andrew Davey looks to have been shutdown for the final game of the year as he navigates a concussion sustained against the Broncos back in Round 24. That is the extent of the changes for the Eels this week and really there isn’t too much to preview. Given how the team has approached recent games with their season in the balance, there is a pretty reasonable chance that the Panthers take the Eels to task this week.

Obviously I want to see legitimate fight from our boys but honestly the major priority this week is simply to escape the game without any serious injuries. Adding any kind of long-term injury to the insult of this season and creating an early setback for 2024 would honestly just be soul crushing.

As for the Panthers, well they are looking like they are surging almost perfectly into the finals. Perhaps it could be argued they don’t look quite as formidable as they have in the last two years but they are a serious chance at joining the 1981-83 Eels in the spectacular achievement that is a three-peat.

Parramatta Eels Penrith Panthers
Clinton Gutherson 1 Dylan Edwards
Maika Sivo 2 Sunia Turuva
Will Penisini 3 Tyrone Peachey
Bailey Simonsson 4 Stephen Crichton
Sean Russell 5 Brian To’o
Daejarn Asi 6 Jahrome Luai
Dylan Brown 7 Nathan Cleary
Reagan Campbell-Gillard 8 Moses Leota
Joey Lussick 9 Jack Cogger
Junior Paulo 10 James Fisher-Harris
Ryan Matterson 11 Zac Hosking
Bryce Cartwright 12 Liam Martin
J’maine Hopgood 13 Isaah Yeo
Luca Moretti 14 Soni Luke
Shaun Lane 15 Lindsay Smith
Wiremu Greig 16 Spencer Leniu
Joe Ofanhengaue 17 Luke Garner
Makahesi Makatoa 18 Jaeman Salmon
Brendan Hands 19 Luke Sommerton
Waqa Blake 20 Jesse McLean
Ky Rodwell 21 Tom Jenkins
Ofahiki Ogden 22 Matthew Eisenhuth


NRLW Team List

Round 6, 11:05AM Saturday 26th August, Nestrata Jubilee Stadium


The Eels are hunting for an elusive first victory in their 2023 season but their efforts in recent weeks have the team trending upwards in just about all categories. This week they ‘host’ the North Queensland Cowboys in a game billed in the absolutely loosest terms as a home fixture. In the obviously Western Sydney trappings of Nestrata Jubilee Stadium, Dean Widders and his ever-so-slightly-tweaked team will look to knock over one of the newest franchises in the competition.

The backline remains unchanged but the pack is boosted by the return of Jade Fonua as she overcomes a broken hand sustained in Round 1 against the Tigers. She takes over at lock forward which in turns sees boom rookie Tyla Amiatu move into the starting front row. NSW Under 19s rep Noaria Kapua will make her NRLW debut from the interchange bench with young backrower joining the Eels from the all-conquering Canterbury Bulldogs Tarsha Gale squad. She gives the Blue & Gold another goal-kicking option as well in the unfortunate event of anything happening to Rachael Pearson.


Parramatta Eels North Queensland Cowboys
Abbi Church 1 Francesca Goldthorp
Zali Fay 2 Vitalina Naikore
Kimberley Hunt 3 Jasmine Peters
Cassey Tohi-Hiku 4 Shellie Long
Monique Donovan 5 Krystal Blackwell
Pihuka Berryman-Duff 6 Tahlulah Tillett
Rachael Pearson 7 Kirra Dibb
Talesha O’Neill 8 Tallisha Harden
Rueben Cherrington 9 Emma Manzelmann
Tyla Amiatu 10 Makenzie Weale
Amelia Mafi 11 Bree Chester
Mahalia Murphy 12 Libby Surha
Jade Fonua 13 Tiana Raftstrand-Smith
Capri Paekau 14 Jetaya Faifua
Noaria Kapua 15 Jessikah Reeves
Shannon Muru 16 China Polata
Nakia Davis-Welsh 17 April Ngatunpuna
Kyra Simon 18 Sareka Mooka
Ruby-Jean Kennard-Ellis 19 Mia Middleton
Madeline Jones 20 Sera Koroi
Lindsay Tui 21 Merewalesi Rokouono
Rosemarie Beckett 22 Essay Banu


NSW Cup Team List

Round 26, 2:00PM Saturday 26th August, BlueBet Stadium


Jordan Rankin is hanging up his boots and signs off with a game against one of Parramatta’s closest rivals. He will captain the team for one final game on Saturday as he joins Brendan Hands in the halves. Rankin has been a fantastic leader for the club, both on and off the field, and will begin the earnest transition into a career in coaching after the full-time whistle on the weekend.

Like Shaun Lane in the NRL, Zac Cini returns from injury in time to play one last game for the year. He immediately takes over in the centres while the bench is loaded up with young players in the form of Jacob Davis, Lachlan Mears-Crabbe and Lachlan Blackburn as well of course as the big hyphen himself in Jontay-Junior Betham-Misa. 

The Eels have found a minor vein of form in recent weeks and they have the chance to play spoilers for the Panthers this week. Penrith enter the round in sixth place as they battle the Blacktown Worker Sea Eagles for the final berth in the Top 5.


1 Arthur Miller-Stephen
2 Haze Dunster
3 Jirah Momoisea
4 Zac Cini
5 Waqa Blake
6 Brendan Hands
7 Jordan Rankin
8 Makahesi Makatoa
9 Jayden Yates
10 Ofahiki Ogden
11 Jack Murchie
12 Dan Keir
13 Ky Rodwell
14 Jacob Davis
15 Jontay-Junior Betham-Misa
16 Lachlan Mears-Crabbe
17 Lachlan Blackburn


Jersey Flegg Team List

Round 26, 12:30PM Saturday 26th August, BlueBet Stadium


The lone team left in finals contention this year is our Flegg squad but even they need a dose of luck this week in order to book a spot in the finals. While they take on the Penrith Panthers in Penrith this week and need a win as the first part of the equation, simultaneously (quite literally, both games kick off at 12:30PM) the Canberra Raiders and Melbourne will be playing with the Eels needing the Raiders to spring an upset.

Parramatta are boosted by the returns of Joshua Lynn, Matthew Arthur, Charlie Guymer and Sam Tuivaiti from a stint in the NSW Cup but have lost Richard Penisini to injury while Jock Brazel looks to be missing in action as well this week. Blaize Talagi takes over at centre with Lynn returning to the halves as the Blue & Gold gear up for an assault on the postseason.

It is brutal to have to rely on another result but as always they will reflect on plenty of winnable games earlier this season. If they do have the stars align properly between the two results, this is a team that could make more than a bit of noise in the finals so cross your fingers!


1 Apa Twidle
2 Matthew Komolafe
3 Samuel Loizou
4 Blaize Talagi
5 Ethyn Martin
6 Joshua Lynn
7 Ethan Sanders
8 Brock Parker
9 Matthew Arthur
10 Toni Mataele
11 Charlie Guymer
12 Max Tupou
13 Nicholas Lenaz
14 Saxon Pryke
15 Noah Reed
16 William Latu
17 Sam Tuivaiti
18 Araz Nanva

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19 thoughts on “Team List Tuesday – Jordan Rankin Appreciation Post Edition

    1. Murph

      I thought the same. What on earth is the point of bringing Lane back from long term injury for this game? Why not give some of the youngsters a crack? Arthur off the bench given Hands is relegated, AMS on the wing, Mataele or Jontay-Junior in the forwards? At least might give us a glimpse of hope for next year rather than the same rabble that’s trotted out the last month or so!

  1. Steven Clay

    Shaun Lane? Again, Should probably work his way through reserves before displaying his lack of match fitness post injury.

  2. Anonymous

    An extremely unlikely win here will merely paper over the chasm that is our Defence and Recruitment.
    Gutho- busted his guts this year. I don’t know he can do it again.
    Sivo- how did he get resigned? He needs to be released and we get 2 fast wingers with heart. Early release or player swap needed asap.
    Paulo – a bench player at best. Easily contained and slow. He lacks leg speed.
    Matto – becoming a bit of a show pony when we need workhourses. Should be 80 minutes at that rate.
    Lane- busted all year should be rested for last game
    Davey – finished poor signing
    Joffa – Going through the motions as are most of them
    Makatoa – needs to get the lead out. Show these guys how Fui used to run!

    Something seriously wrong with this club. Cannot recognise or attract talent?
    I think BA has done a great job. But he just might be out of ideas. Because we are easily read, too predictable and don’t adapt. Everyone knows what we are going to do next.
    2024, will be BAs last year if he allows recruitment to railroad him like it has! If Saunders goes Recruitment should be run out of town.

    1. Ray

      What a great post!!! So very true, we are a club that making Finals is a sucess , membership drive up, finances in the black, crowds high, that’ survives the board and business man no footy nouse Jim sarentos are happy with that , not good enough, even the great tct boys are fed up that’s saying something! Massive year for BA, if we don’t win the competition in24, even though contracted for 25 he must go , that 12 years of nothing , in heard of, cheers boys

      1. Anonymous

        I think we made the GF because Cowboys thought they had it in the bag and didn’t expect us to come back from there. Cowboys lacked the killer instinct as evidenced by this season. If we lost to Cowboys we would have been given a reality check a week earlier. We probably wouldn’t have been so complacent in the early rounds this year. GFs don’t happen every year. We blew it!! Panthers knew our game better than we did.
        The club were fools to go into the season with empty spots and lack of quality depth especially after WC.
        It’s negligence!!

  3. Cybapete

    Not a great way to make your first grade debut joining a struggling side to get flogged by the best team in the comp

  4. Milo

    Like some not sure why Lane is getting a gig unless he uses last game to play some Reggie’s.
    I’m more keen on seeing how Flegg go. They have some ticker…
    My NRL care factor has dropped like realising you’re the last one on dance floor and the decent girls have already gone…

  5. Offside

    I’m actually not even going to bother switching the TV on for this one.

    We will get flogged if pick the best available team or a bunch of rookies.
    No point subjecting them to that look at young Sam Loizou he got half a game in 2020 as we rested our squad got flogging and unless a miracle happens that’s his one game.

    Unfortunately the same squad that underperformed all season will be back next season unless we can move one or 2 big money players on to bring in new blood personally I’d shop Paulo and Matto around they seem to me the only two likely to get much interest from other clubs.

    BA is alot of things one of those is loyal players like Sivo will be here unless some other Rouse Hill Rhino steps up.

    This club is in the toilet at the moment it’s been mismanaged and lacks any accountability.
    Thank goodness the season is over and the premier league and cricket can fill the void.

  6. 55 years an Eel

    On paper, we have a team that can stand up to Penrith.
    Except for 4,5, and 6.
    5 and 6 need more time, 4 needs to leave.
    I hope we have some activity to resolve this lack of depth for next year.

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