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Game Day Guide: Knights v Eels, Round Nine

The Parramatta Eels face the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle on Sunday 12 July in Round Nine of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

The clash was originally scheduled to be played on the Central Coast, but with Clubs transitioning to approved home bases from Round Eight, the Knights will return to McDonald Jones Stadium this weekend.

The venue is capped at 7,500 attendees due to COVID-19 with access restricted to Knights Members only, so tickets are not available to purchase for Blue & Gold Members and fans.

Kick off is at 4:05pm

Here are all the details you need to know ahead of kick off!

Milestone games

Eels forward David Gower is set to play his 100th Eels game whilst young forward Stefano Utoikamanu is set to make his NRL debut and become Eels player 807 this weekend.

Gower signed with the Eels ahead of the 2014 season, after stints with Salford, Wests Tigers, St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He has been with the Blue & Gold ever since, playing 16 games in the 2019 season. This will be his second game this season.

Young forward Stefano Utoikamanu has progressed through the ranks at the Blue & Gold, having impressed throughout his junior career. A talented 20 year old with a big engine and a big frame, Stefano has represented the NSW Origin Under 16s and Under 18s sides and played in the Canterbury Cup competition over the past few seasons.

He was upgraded from his development contract in January 2020 to the Eels Top 30 squad ahead of the season.

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Stay connected!

The best way to follow the Eels on game day and during the week is through the Eels website, social media channels and on the app.

We will be posting all the interviews, exclusive content, match previews, pre-game and post game analysis and much much more! Our social media channels will provide all the latest updates and breaking news so make sure you follow us and get all the updates as they happen.


The broadcast will run on Nine and Foxtel - Fox League, while fans with Kayo Sports will be able to stream the match on their preferred device.

Coverage will kick off from 4:05pm.

Telstra customers will have FREE access to all matches of the NRL Telstra Premiership on the NRL App.

The clash will also be broadcast on radio via ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane.

International Coverage

·      Sky Sports Arena (UK & Ireland)

·      TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea – PayTV)

·      SkyPacific (Pacific Nations – PayTV)

·      Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Aus and NZ domestic airlines)

·      Watch NRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific regions

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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