NRL 2021: Parramatta Eels star Junior Paulo boxing fight, Neville Costigan, news, rugby league fight night,


Paramatta Eels powerhouse Junior Paulo has had a request to to skip his side’s pre-season training so he can prepare for an upcoming boxing bout denied.

The prop is set to don the gloves against former Raiders and QLD star Neville Costigan at the All Stars Rugby League fight night on February 12 in Townsville.

But despite his hopes that Eels coach Brad Arthur will allow him to skip pre-season to focus on the fight, the Eels on Sunday tweeted that he would return to pre-season training ‘as agreed’.

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Warriors ready to face adversity in 2021

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Dragons boost depth with former Eels prop


St George Illawarra have added further depth to their forward pack with the addition of former Parramatta prop Daniel Alvaro on a two-year NRL deal.

The 27-year-old Alvaro is the third signing under new coach Anthony Griffin, joining Jack Bird and Poasa Faamausili in the Dragons squad for 2021.

Alvaro was granted a release from the final year of his contract with the Eels to join the Dragons immediately, where he will reunite with Griffin who was his under 20s coach at Brisbane.

Alvaro had a mixed season in 2020, playing just two games for the Eels before he was loaned to the Warriors for six matches.

After five solid seasons with the Eels from 2015, Alvaro fell out of the starting side in 2020 after the addition of representative prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard and the emergence of Oregon Kaufusi.

The addition of Alvaro comes after the Dragons released Korbin Sims and Jason Saab, leaving three spots in the squad to fill before the new campaign kicks off.





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NRL 2020: Contracts, Roosters, Daniel Alvaro to the Eels, Brad Takairangi, transfer centre, signings tracker, new deals


The Roosters have locked down young stars Sam Verrills and Sitili Tupinoua on big contract extensions.

Young gun hooker Verrills tore his ACL and missed most of the 2020 season, but Tupinoua was a standout and improved his stocks as a gun forward.

Both players have extended to the end of 2024 with the Chooks,

Front-rower Daniel Alvaro has been granted a release from his Eels contract to take up a two-year deal with the Dragons.

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The 27-year-old played just two games for the Eels in 2020, however he lined up for the Warriors on six occasions as part of a loan deal.



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NRL 2020 Transfers: David Nofoaluma, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Pay rise, Michael Maguire


The Wests Tigers could lose winger David Nofoaluma amid reports he will consider shifting to a Sydney rival as he chases a pay rise.

Nofoaluma comes off-contract at the end of next year and would command significant interest on the open market after a strong 2020 season.

The Daily Telegraph reports Parramatta are a likely suitor for the 27-year-old who could command as much as $450,000 a season on the open market.

Nofoaluma has a relationship with Eels coach Brad Arthur and considered joining teammate Mitchell Moses as a replacement for Semi Radradra in 2017.

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David Nofoaluma, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, contract, Michael Maguire


The Wests Tigers could lose winger David Nofoaluma amid reports he will consider shifting to a Sydney rival as he chases a pay rise.

Nofoaluma comes off-contract at the end of next year and would command significant interest on the open market after a strong 2020 season.

The Daily Telegraph reports Parramatta are a likely suitor for the 27-year-old who could command as much as $450,000 a season on the open market.

Nofoaluma has a relationship with Eels coach Brad Arthur and considered joining teammate Mitchell Moses as a replacement for Semi Radradra in 2017.

The Eels have Blake Ferguson coming off contract at the end of 20201

It is understood the Tigers have tabled a three-year offer to Nofoaluma but have yet to secure his signature.

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Nofoaluma has been at the Tigers since making his NRL debut in 2013 but admitted to the Daily Telegraph last week that he could leave if it meant capitalising on his last chance at setting himself up for the future.

“I obviously love the Wests Tigers and the fans, you can tell by my passion.” Nofoaluma said.

“But in reality, I am heading into what could potentially be my last contract.

“I am going to explore all my options and weigh up what’s the best decision for myself and more importantly my future.”

Parramatta are also still a chance of taking out the premiership while the Tigers are largely considered to still be a few seasons away from contention.

They have the current longest finals drought in the NRL and with Nofoaluma’s career nearing its end, he may opt to leave for the Eels if it means a better shot at the premiership.

Nofoaluma had 17 tries, 164 running metres and 112 tackle busts from 20 games in a stellar 2020 that saw him in Origin contention.



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NRL 2020: coaches under pressure in 2021, John Morris, Sharks, Kevin Walters, Broncos, Michael Maguire, Tigers, Brad Arthur Eels


Who would want to be an NRL coach? It’s got to be one of the toughest gigs in Australian sport.

Unless you’re Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bennett or Trent Robinson, your days are numbered. Although, even master coach Bennett knows what it’s like to be shown the door.

If anyone can attest to the pressure cooker role it’s the five men who were either axed or walked from their jobs in 2020. Stephen Kearney, Dean Pay, Paul McGregor, Anthony Seibold and Paul Green all left their respective clubs last season and it’s a real reminder of just how ruthless the gig is.

While all 16 coaches will be under pressure in one way or another in 2021, we expect these five coaches to feel the heat the most.

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NRL draw 2021: Parramatta Eels full draw, fixtures, news


The 2021 NRL draw is out and Parramatta Eels will play four of their opening five games at their home ground fortress Bankwest Stadium.

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Broncos vs Eels, Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm

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NRL 2020: biggest player transfers, Latrell Mitchell, Rabbitohs, Sonny Bill Williams Roosters, Kyle Flanagan, Brodie Croft, Broncos, Ryan Matterson, Eels


It’s not an NRL season without some big and sometimes unexpected player movements.

This year we saw the return of cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams in a highly unusual deal, Val’s Holmescoming to rugby league and Latrell Mitchell in new colours AND in a new position.

Some of this year’s player movements were an overwhelming success — like Harry Grant becoming the Wests Tigers’ cult hero — while others fell flat.

Foxsports.com.au has dissected 10 of the biggest transfers for 2020, whether the deal was done last year or they were mid-season signings, and rated them on how well the transfer worked out.

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Eels sure they can best out of Cartwright


Parramatta insist they can get the best out of Bryce Cartwright after giving the back-rower an NRL lifeline for next season.

The Eels on Thursday confirmed Cartwright’s signature on a one-year deal, with the former Gold Coast and Penrith forward to commence training soon.

A teenage prodigy when he debuted at the Panthers in 2014, Cartwright has fallen by the wayside in recent years.

He managed just seven games at the Titans last season, with his defence often called into question.

However, at his best the 26-year-old can still be an X-factor in attack, known for his ability to offload at will.

“Bryce is a unique talent having ball skills like few other forwards in the NRL competition,” Eels GM of football Mark O’Neill said.

“He will add size and skill to our forward pack and depth and quality to our overall squad.

“Bryce was looking for an opportunity in Sydney and is keen to play under Brad Arthur and with our team at the Eels.

“Like Bryce, we believe that through our coaching, quality playing roster and a balanced environment will bring the best out in him, something we are all committed to achieving in season 2021.”





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Parramatta Eels inform Blake Ferguson he won’t be at the club beyond 2021


The Parramatta Eels have told Blake Ferguson he will not be at the club beyond the end of next season, opting against extending the contract of the former NSW winger.

The Herald can reveal the Eels informed Ferguson’s management a fortnight ago that there won’t be a spot for him at the club after the 2021 season. Ferguson, who joined the club from the Sydney Roosters in 2019 on a three-year $1.5 million deal, still has another year to run on his contract.

Blake Ferguson has been told 2021 will be his final season at the club.Credit:NRL Photos

The Eels aren’t actively forcing Ferguson out of the club, but nor would they stand in his way should he land an extended deal at a rival club.

The Eels have had internal discussions about Penrith winger Josh Mansour, who is also aware of Parramatta’s interest, however the club is not in a position to take the next step unless Ferguson was willing to move on.



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