Current Vodafone Warriors back rowers face a Parramatta combination comprising three ex-Warriors – including one on his way back to the club – in tonight’s 18th-round NRL clash at CommBank Stadium in Sydney (7.55pm kick-off local time; 9.55pm NZT).
The visitors will line up with Euan Aitken on the left edge, Josh Curran on the right and Jazz Tevaga back in #13 after wearing the #10 jersey the past few weeks.
Patrolling the left edge for the Eels up against Curran will be one-game Vodafone Warrior Shaun Lane while 2017-2020 Warrior and Kiwi Isaiah Papali’i will be on the right facing Aitken with Marata Niukore, returning home next year, in #13.
Another former Vodafone Warrior is in Parramatta’s 19-man squad in the shape of Hayze Perham, who played nine times for the Warriors in 2019 and 2020.
Ex-Vodafone Warriors NRL squad member Ofahiki Ogden was on Parramatta’s initial 22-man squad named on Tuesday.
There’s more New Zealand flavour elsewhere in the home side’s line-up with current Kiwi Dylan Brown at standoff and 2019 Kiwi World Nines squad member Bailey Simonsson on the wing.
The Eels also boast New South Wales prop Junior Paulo – who was born in Auckland – with New Plymouth-born and raised Cook Islands international Makahesi Makatoa and Auckland-born Oregon Kaufusi on the bench.
The Vodafone Warriors are rank outsiders tonight paying $5.85 to win with the New Zealand TAB and $6.50 to win with Sportsbet in Australia.
Match: Eels v Warriors
Round 18 -
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton GuthersonFullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika SivoWinger for Warriors is number 2 Marcelo Montoya
Centre for Eels is number 3 Will PenisiniCentre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa BlakeCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Winger for Eels is number 5 Bailey SimonssonWinger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan BrownFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell MosesHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-GillardProp for Warriors is number 10 Tohu Harris
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed MahoneyHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran
Lock for Eels is number 13 Marata NiukoreLock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Eels is number 14 Makahesi MakatoaInterchange for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Interchange for Eels is number 15 Jake ArthurInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy Lussick
Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon KaufusiInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ky RodwellInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie
Replacement for Eels is number 19 Elie El-ZakhamReplacement for Warriors is number 18 Eliesa Katoa
- Referee: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Senior Review Official: Chris Butler