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New faces will line up for both the Dyldam Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors sides in their season opening match at Pirtek Stadium this Sunday, March 9, which will be filled with excitement for the year ahead. 

Eels fans are eager to see a repeat of the 2013 season launch, which saw a 40-10 romp including a Jarryd Hayne hat-trick in front of a packed home crowd. 

Several new faces will be making their Eels Premiership debuts, including recruits Nathan Peats, Corey Norman and Will Hopoate all named to play in the starting side. 

The recruits, along with new Head Coach Brad Arthur, are being named as the players to bring the Eels back to success, along with injury-free performances from co-captains Hayne and Tim Mannah. 

Arthur has named young wingers Semi Radradra and Vai Toutai for the first game, who both impressed in a strong pre-season and the Auckland Nines, alongside a tough battle for spots in the forwards, with Kelepi Tanginoa making his return from an extended period absent with injury. 

Manu Ma’u is also set to make his NRL debut for the Eels, after being signed to the club after impressing for the Auckland Vulcans in NSW Cup in 2013. 

The pre-season has been solid for both teams, with the Eels enjoying a win in Alice Springs over the Wests Tigers and also topping their pool at the NRL Auckland Nines, before being defeated by the Sea Eagles a fortnight ago. 

The Warriors have also tested out their new players, with Sam Tomkins and Shaun Johnson combining to be very promising at the Nines, as well as in their trial win over the Broncos and narrow losses to the Titans and the visiting Wigan side. 

Tomkins will join his fellow new Warriors players Jayson Bukuya and Chad Townsend in the starting line-up, with the Johnson-Townsend halves combination also a 

Kick-off is at 6.30pm, with gates opening from 4pm ahead of the NYC curtain-raiser at 4.15pm.

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Dyldam Parramatta Eels

1. Jarryd Hayne (c)

2. Semi Radradra

3. Will Hopoate

4. Willie Tonga

5. Vai Toutai

6. Corey Norman

7. Luke Kelly

8. Tim Mannah (c)

9. Nathan Peats

10. Fuifui Moimoi

11. Ben Smith

12. Manu Ma’u

13. Kenny Edwards


14. Joseph Paulo

15. Peni Terepo

15. Darcy Lussick

17. Kelepi Tanginoa

18. David Gower

19. Mitch Allgood


New Zealand Warriors:

1. Sam Tomkins

2. Glen Fisiiahi

3. Dane Nielsen

4. Carlos Tuimaveve

5. Manu Vatuvei

6. Chad Townsend

7. Shaun Johnson

8. Sam Rapira

9. Nathan Friend

10. Ben Matulino

11. Jayson Bukuya

12. Simon Mannering (c)

13. John Palavi


14. Jacob Lillyman

15. Suaia Matagi

16. Sione Lousi

17. Feleti Mateo

18. Jerome Ropati

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