Five Eels named in Prime Minister's XIII

Parramatta Eels players Reed Mahoney, Mitch Moses, Clint Gutherson, Blake Ferguson and Nathan Brown have today been selected in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII side to clash with Fiji on 11 October, making the first official Prime Minister’s XIII matches in the country.

After showing a keen interest last year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, was again heavily involved in helping men's coach Mal Meninga pick the players for the clash.

Sharks back-rower Wade Graham will captain the men's team and is one of five players to have represented Australia. The side includes 12 debutants.

“The Prime Minister’s XIII match is a key match in the representative calendar for a number of reasons,” Meninga said.

“It’s part of the representative pathway that rewards the players strong performances from the premiership season, as well as showcasing the positive impact rugby league has for communities throughout the Pacific.

“The Prime Minister and I had some discussions recently about the make up of the side and believe we’ve struck a solid balance of youth and experience for next Friday’s fixture in Suva.”

Both the men’s and women’s side will travel to Brisbane next Monday (7th October), before departing to Fiji the following day (Tuesday).

Australian PM’s XIII Men’s Squad

Clint Gutherson - Parramatta Eels

Kyle Feldt - North Queensland Cowboys

Paul Momirovski - Wests Tigers

Brad Parker - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Blake Ferguson - Parramatta Eels

Cody Walker - South Sydney Rabbitohs

Mitchell Moses - Parramatta Eels

Paul Vaughan - St George Illawarra Dragons

Ben Hunt - St George Illawarra Dragons

Payne Haas - Brisbane Broncos

Wade Graham © - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Tyson Frizell - St George Illawarra Dragons

Jake Trbojevic - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Jai Arrow - Gold Coast Titans

Reuben Garrick - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

David Fifita - Brisbane Broncos

Reed Mahoney - Parramatta Eels

Nathan Brown - Parramatta Eels

Chad Townsend - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Thomas Flegler - Brisbane Broncos

Coach: Mal Meninga