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Eels named in City v Country Teams

The Parramatta Eels are proud to announce seven junior players and staff have been named in the City and Country squads for the upcoming representative round.

The Club also boasts 14 players and staff from the inaugural NRLW team for the women's open age City and Country teams.

The opening day of the competition on Saturday 14 May will include matches for Under 16s, Under 18s and Women’s Open Age at 4 Pines Park, Brookvale; while a Wheelchair Rugby League match will be played at Niagara Park Stadium on the Central Coast.

The second day of competition on Sunday 15 May will include matches for Physical Disability Rugby League, Women’s Police, Men’s Police and Men’s Open Age at Leichhardt Oval.

The Country v City concept made a successful return to the NSWRL calendar in 2021 with the selection criteria based on residency.

The fixture was previously based on residency from 1928-1986 before acting as a pathway for the NSW team with selection based under Origin selection rules from 1987-2017.

Selected Eels players and staff are in BOLD in the squad lists below.


Under 16s (10.30am 4 Pines Park)
Country: Riley Buchanan (Northern Rivers Titans), Samuel Carr (Northern Tigers), Harry Chadburn (Northern Rivers Titans), Archie Duncombe (Monaro Colts), Lachlan Greatz (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Zane Harrison (Northern Rivers Titans), Harry Hudson (Monaro Colts), Ezekiel Kennedy (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Aaron Keppie (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Drew Langdon (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Kimball Liufau (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Callum McMenemy (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Riley Oitmann (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Amazon-Paul Pua'avase (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Zachariah Taufa (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Broc Thomas (Central Coast Roosters), Harry Wald (Western Rams), Lewis Sargent-Wilson (Illawarra South Coast Dragons). Coach: Aaron Hertsch.
City: Jaxson Allen (Sydney Roosters), Alex Challenor (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Lachlan Dooner (Sydney Roosters), Jaxen Edgar (Penrith Panthers), Zach Fittler (Sydney Roosters), Nathaniel Gallagher (Western Suburbs Magpies), Jacob Halangahu (St George Dragons), Jack Hilliar (Newcastle Knights), Tom Kirk (Illawarra Steelers), Simione Laiafi (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Finau Latu (St George Dragons), Luke Laulilli (Western Suburbs Magpies), Hokafonu Lemoto (Penrith Panthers), Zaidas Muagututia (Parramatta Eels), Toby Rodwell (Sydney Roosters), Jordan Uta (Parramatta Eels), Connor Votano (Newcastle Knights), Baxter Warner (Sydney Roosters), Mitchell Woods (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs). Coach: Kyle Churchill. S&C Trainer: Neil Dunkley (Parramatta Eels NRLW)

Under 18s (12.10pm 4 Pines Park)
Country: Taj Blackman (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Taye Cochrane (North Coast Bulldogs), Bryce Davis (Central Coast Roosters), Shane Davis-Caldwell (North Coast Bulldogs), Noah Goodman (Central Coast Roosters), Kane Graham (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Kyan Hjaltason (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Oscar Holt (North Coast Bulldogs), Oliver Juras (Central Coast Roosters), Remi Mant (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Kyle McCarthy (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Nick Murphy (Western Rams), Jack Piccirilli (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Joshua Power (North Coast Bulldogs), Wesley Pring (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Joseph Roddy (Riverina Bulls), Thomas Fisher (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Vaenuku Vatuvei (Illawarra South Coast Dragons). Coach: Kurt Hancock.
City: Michael Abdow (Sydney Roosters),  Taj Brailey (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks), Samuela Fainu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Joshua Feledy (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Ethan Ferguson (Newcastle Knights), Charlie Guymer (Parramatta Eels), Harrison Hassett (Penrith Panthers), Myles Martin (Newcastle Knights), Jordi Mazzone (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Samuel Mcculloch (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Jordan Miller (Western Suburbs Magpies), Joash Papalii (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs),  Venasiotangifetaua Patuki Case (Sydney Roosters), Ethan Sanders (Parramatta Eels), Chevy Stewart (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Ethan Strange (Sydney Roosters), Siteni Taukamo (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Lajuan Vito (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs). Coach: Stephen O'Dea. Head Trainer: Greg May.

Women’s Open Age (2pm 4 Pines Park) 
Country: Teagan Berry (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Sam Bremner (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Keele Browne (Wests Tigers), Shawden Burton (Central Coast Roosters), Abbi Church (St Marys Saints), Phoebe Desmond (Newcastle Knights), Kirra Dibb (North Sydney Bears), Vanessa Foliaki (St Marys Saints), Jayme Fressard (Central Coast Roosters), Olivia Higgins (Newcastle Knights), Rikeya Horne (St Marys Saints), Melanie Howard (Newcastle Knights), Caitlan Johnston (Newcastle Knights), Jocelyn Kelleher (Central Coast Roosters), Olivia Kernick (Central Coast Roosters), Bobbi Law (Newcastle Knights), Kaitlyn Phillips (Brisbane Broncos), Tayla Predebon (Newcastle Knights). Coach: Ruan Sims.
City: Shaylee Bent (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Jaime Chapman (Tweed Heads Seagulls), Kennedy Cherrington (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Emily Curtain (Wests Tigers), Jocephy Daniels (Mounties), Leianne Fiaoo (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Filomina Hanisi (Mounties), Fatafehi Hanisi (Mounties), Talei Holmes (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Tommaya Kelly-Sines (Mounties), Shirley Mailangi (Mounties), Taina Naividi (Mounties), Aliti Namoce (North Sydney Bears), Christian Pio (Wests Tigers), Tayla Preston (Wests Tigers), Maddie Studdon (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Mareva Swann (Mounties), Renee Targett (North Sydney Bears). Coach: Darrin Borthwick

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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