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Parramatta Elvers and new faces

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has ushered in a new era at the club. He announcedĀ a team for the opening round of the NRL premiership which contains six new faces and only nine survivors from the side that played the final game of the regular season last year. Among the new faces in the 18-man squad to take on the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday night are local juniors Mitchell Allgood and Ryan Morgan, recruits Carl Webb, Casey McGuire and Chris Walker plus former Melbourne lock Billy Rogers. Kearney’s hand was forced somewhat given prop Fuifui Moimoi and centre Joel Reddy were unavailable as they are injured. Continue reading


McGuire provides spark for Eels

The signing of Casey McGuire by Parramatta in the off-season caused few ripples around the NRL, but on Saturday’s evidence that could soon change.

The 31-year-old former Brisbane utility has returned to Australia from a four-year stint with French side Les Catalans, and looked a class act against West Tigers at Campbelltown as the Eels eased to a 30-10 trial win.

Playing out of dummy-half, McGuire was sharp around the fringes of the ruck and gave Parramatta the energy in attack they so badly lacked last season.

Only Cronulla scoring fewer tries in 2010 as the Eels, pre-season premiership favourites, failed to make the finals. Continue reading

Thurston Update

Any relief the New Zealand Warriors might feel at Johnathan Thurston’s expected peripheral role on Saturday has been tempered by the restoration of North Queensland’s other star attraction, fullback Matt Bowen. Thurston arrived with the squad in Auckland today but the Kangaroos and Queensland halfback is supposedly a long shot for the 10th round National Rugby League match against a Warriors side anxious to end a three-match losing streak. Thurston damaged the AC joint of his right shoulder when playing against the Melbourne Storm in round eight, an injury that ruled him out of last Friday’s Anzac test against the Kiwis. The playmaker’s priority is now to be fit for the State of Origin series opener in Sydney on May 26. Cowboys head coach Neil Henry said Thurston’s shoulder was still “quite sore” and “it’s highly unlikely he’ll play and he’ll be pushing to be fit for Origin” before the team departed. While Thurston is touch-and-go, prop Carl Webb will almost certainly play despite not being named on Tuesday, after recovering from a high ankle sprain that has plagued him since the club’s seventh round match against Parramatta. Former Warriors back rower Leeson Ah Mau, who played two first-grade games in 2009, also makes his first start for the Cowboys after impressing off the bench against the Roosters.

In other news Johnathon Thurston has hired bodygaurds after rumours that two DT Coaches had armed themselves with guns and knives Not mentioning any names or associations it has been said that the rogue coaches are using the Dark of Knight to ambush the North Queensland Hero. The action was apparently in retalliation to poor Dream Team performances.

While I await the late mail to be posted, news arrived that returning Penrith back rower Trent Waterhouse will now not take part in the match against the Cowboys this Saturday night. Waterhouse will be missing his second successive match with a quad strain while interchange utility Nathan Smith was also scratched with a groin strain. Nigel Plum is set to start in the second-row with Frank Puletua to come on to the bench for his first match of the year.

In a boost to the home side, Henry declared lock Luke O’Donnell a certain starter despite sitting out training this week with a leg problem.Carl Webb (calf) is fit to return to the Cowboys pack but Henry hinted he would remain 18th man, and also miss out on some much-needed match fitness with their feeder club playing the same day due to the threat of Cyclone Ului The kick-off time for the match has been moved forward from 8.30pm local time to 6.30pm (Qld time). Fox Sports will not alter its schedule with the Cowboys V Panthers match being a delayed telecast.

Round 1 Teams – Cowboys Update

Cowboys forwards Carl Webb ($156,000 FRF/2RF) and Willie Mason ($178,100 FRF/2RF) are both in battle, but this time its for a place in the starting side and not in the ring. Mason’s arrival from Bondi to join Webb, Luke O’Donnell ($221,900 2RF) and Aaron Payne ($237,500 HOK) in the Cowboys pack would have at first appeared a certain starter, but due to his late arrival in the north, the former Test and State of Origin enforcer still lacks match fitness. Webb is in a similar boat after missing last theĀ trial against the Gold Coast in Darwin with a calf problem and Coach Henry cannot afford to take two underdone big men into such an important match. “If Willie plays then we might not be in a position to carry both,” the coach lamented. “There’s no doubt he will be underdone,” Henry said of Webb, who could find himself in the Queensland Cup playing for Northern Pride against the Sunshine Coast in Cairns. “We’re pretty happy with how the other players are going. Payne, O’Donnell, Matt Scott ($179,400 FRF) and Scott Bolton ($224,00 2RF) are certainties. Steve Southern ($155,300 2RF), Manase Manuokafoa (137,100 FRF), Antonio Kaufusi ($142,700 FRF), James Tamou ($141,600 FRF) and Steve Rapira ($161,400 2RF) all are worthy of an opportunity against the Broncos. Clint Amos ($93,500 HOK/2RF) is in consideration for a bench spot and Will Tupou (Not Listed) could land in the back row, wing or on the interchange.