Eels partner with Country Rugby League

In an exciting addition to Country Rugby League’s new Junior Representative Competitions, CRL is pleased to announce the Parramatta Eels entry into the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups in 2019.

After a successful first season, which featured eight of the eleven competing franchises being linked with NRL clubs, the addition of the Eels creates a 12-team competition for the Under-16’s (Andrew Johns Cup) and Under-18’s (Laurie Daley Cup) Junior Representative Pathway; whilst providing an opportunity for over 550 of the best young players from Regional NSW to compete against some of the brightest talent from Metropolitan Sydney.

Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes the announcement and associated partnership with the Eels is a great endorsement for the new competitions.

“The Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups have been a great success in their first season and we are delighted to have the Parramatta Eels joining us in 2019,” said Quinn.

“Country Rugby League is committed to providing the best pathway for players from Regional NSW and it’s a great for our young players to have the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best young talent from a strong Rugby League nursery like Parramatta.

“We’ve received great support from both the Australian Rugby League Commission and NRL Clubs in forming these competitions and it’s pleasing to see Parramatta joining the St George Illawarra Dragons, Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders in being associated with our Junior Representative Pathway.”

Parramatta Eels Club CEO Bernie Gurr believes the opportunity to enter the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups presents a great opportunity for local juniors to be part of an extended representative pathway.

“We’re excited to be joining Country Rugby League’s Junior Representative Competitions next season in what is a great opportunity for players in our Junior Representative pathway,” said Gurr.

“Our entry into the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups’ provides us with the ability to have a greater number of players competing in higher levels of competition to assist in their development and progression through our pathways.”

The 2019 Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups will kick-off on Saturday, 16th February.