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Parramatta Elvers and new faces

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has ushered in a new era at the club. He announced 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

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The Judiciary – It’s a busy week!

Seven players have been charged following a marathon sitting by the NRL’s match review committee on Monday. Eels’ forwards Ben Smith (grade two dangerous contact) and Fuifui Moimoi (grade one careless high tackle) headline the long list of charges, while Cowboys prop James Tamou (grade two striking) is facing a two week stint on the sidelines. Moimoi can escape a ban if he pleads guilty while the remaining four – Trent Hodkinson (dangerous throw), Jason Ryles (dangerous contact), Anthony Minichiello (dangerous contact) and Ben Cross (careless high tackle) – have all been slapped with grade one charges but will be also be free to play next weekend if they enter early guilty pleas. Parramatta have placed leading Sydney lawyer and judiciary expert Geoff Bellew SC on standby should the club opt to fight either charge. The match review committee took most of Monday to come up with the season-high list of charges.

In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.

Can you reinvent the Eel ?

Daniel Anderson certainly thinks so and will endeavour to do just that in an effort to keep his troops fresh and to go that step further in this years premiership. After last years mid season form reversal any changes to the line up would almost be deemed unnecessary, but when you throw the names Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW), Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF) and Shane Shackleton ($192,500 FRF/2RF) into the mix it would be a brave man that says the Eels won’t be sniffing around come finals time. As with most coaches (DT included) not all positions are spoken for within the squad, Tahu will almost certainly dislodge Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) or Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) whilst Poore could unsettle stalwart Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) or crowd favourite Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF). As mentioned at the NEX Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) is fighting hard to regain his spot in the halves keeping both Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Jeff Robson ($227,300 HLV) honest, although having the confidence from the back end of last season with the inclusion of play-offs, it will be difficult to break. “We have to get the best out of them while playing with the players that we already have here so that’s what I mean we’ve got a different dynamic.” Anderson said “It would be naive to think that we’d be able to start the same and finish the same but obviously we’d like to be more consistent in our application as a team.”

Trial games to Parra, matter!

It was reported earlier at the NEX that Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,600 2RF) could be missing for an indefinite number of games due to a wrist injury, luckily this seems not to be the case as he listed in a very strong Parramatta side this weekend take to on the Panthers. All the guns except for Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW) are listed to play, and Tahu most likely would have been there if it wasn’t a 2 match suspension for a tackle on Israel Folau in ’07, that has yet to be served. He is expected to be named for the Roosters clash in Gosford Saturday week leaving Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) and Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) 80 minutes to stake their claim for a regular season berth. The forwards will also have their share of battles for starters, with Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) and Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF) being pressured by new recruit Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF). The team list for the Eels is as follows –

Luke Burt, Nathan Cayless, Eric Grothe, Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Hindmarsh, Krisnan Inu, Kris Keating, Matt Keating, Tim Mannah, Feleti Mateo, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Mortimer, Justin Poore, Joel Reddy, Jeff Robson, Shane Shackleton, Ben Smith.