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The Parramatta Eels kick off this Sunday afternoon at Mt Smart Stadium against the New Zealand Warriors for their Round Six clash of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

The Warriors are coming off a come from behind victory against the Gold Coast Titans, with their performance led by Kieran Foran who returned to the field for the first time in almost twelve months, and Pritchard was excited to come up against his former teammate.

“I am looking forward to the clash, it is good to see Foz back on the field,” Pritchard said.

“He had a pretty good game last week, it will be good to see him this weekend, have a chat to him and play against him.”

“I thought he had a sore hammy and he carved it up!” Pritchard joked.

However whilst he knows that Foran is a danger in their side, he knows that the entire Warriors line up poses danger.

“Foz is a good player but so is the rest of the team, so we will have to watch all of them.” Pritchard said.

“He is another half, we will have to watch him because he is a good player, but so is Shaun Johnson. “

“We will have to watch them both.”

With the Eels kicking their season off with two wins, before going down in their last three appearances, Pritchard says the side need to hold the ball to give themselves any opportunity to get back to their winning ways.

“We just have to hold the ball. There are a few attention to detail things and once we get that right, we will be sweet.” Pritchard said.

Pritchard has been a regular starter this season, and after spending several portions of the last few years on the sideline through injury, the hooker is glad to be out on the field taking part in the action, alongside his brother.

“I am finding it alright. I feel good this year, I played a few games last year and it was good to stay on the field. I am loving it this year.” Pritchard said.

“It is hard at times playing along side Frank, but it’s all good. It’s the only time I get to tell him what to do and slap him around a bit!” he added.

And with plenty of media speculation around Mitchell Moses over the past few days, Pritchard did not want to discuss the issue.

“I don’t want to comment on recruitment. It is still all up in the air and I would rather not comment on it,” Pritchard said.

The Eels take on the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium for Round Six of the NRL Telstra Premiership on Sunday 9 April. Kick off is at 4pm NZ local time (2pm AEST).

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