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Trials: Eels v Rabbitohs

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Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been named to make his club debut for the Eels in Friday night's trial against the Rabbitohs at Ringrose Park in Wentworthville.

The marquee front-row recruit headlines a 25-man squad that also includes Nathan Brown, Michael Jennings, Shaun Lane, Reed Mahoney, Kane Evans and David Gower.

Campbell-Gillard, who is returning from an elbow cleanout, is expected to be on the park for around a quarter of the hitout.

The likes of Mitch Moses, Ryan Matterson, Clint Gutherson and Maika Sivo have been rested after playing at the NRL Nines last weekend.

While South Sydney are technically fielding a Canterbury Cup squad, a smattering of NRL-calibre talent including Corey Allan, Tom Burgess, Junior Tatola, Keaon Koloamatangi, Patrick Mago, Hame Sele and Edene Gebbie will don the cardinal and myrtle.

The rundown

Squads

Parramatta Eels: Daniel Alvaro, Nathan Brown, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Rhys Davies, Levi Dodd, Haze Dunster, Elie El-Zakhem, Kane Evans. John Fonua, David Gower, George Jennings, Michael Jennings, Oregon Kaufusi, Brad Keighran, Shaun Lane, Eli Levido, Reed Mahoney, Makahesi Makatoa, Marata Niukore, Ethan Parry, Jaeman Salmon, Will Smith, Ray Stone, Peni Terepo, Stefano Utoikamanu

South Sydney Rabbitohs (Canterbury Cup): 1. Corey Allan 2. Jaxson Paulo 3. Steven Marsters 4. Cory Denniss 5. Edene Gebbie 6. Lachlan Ilias 7. Blake Taaffe 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Joshua Cook 10. Junior Tatola 11. Patrick Mago 12. Jack Johns 13. Keaon Koloamatangi. Interchange: 1. Ben Talty 2. Hame Sele 3. Jack Quinn 4. James Tautaiolefua 5. Patrice Siolo 6. Brad Zampech 7. Bronson Garlick 1. Jacob Gagai 2. Nick Mougios 3. Matt French 4. Trent Peoples

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Sione Fonua
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey Allan
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Haze Dunster
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Jaxson Paulo
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Steven Marsters
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Ethan Parry
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Cory Denniss
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 George Jennings
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jacob Gagai
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Lachlan Ilias
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Rhys Davies
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Blake Taaffe

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Kane Evans
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Thomas Burgess
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Joshua Cook
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Tevita Tatola
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jack Johns
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 22 Patrick Mago
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 0 Levi Dodd
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 13 Hame Sele
  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Ben Talty
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Jack Quinn
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 David Gower
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 James Tautaiolefua

Reserves

  • Reserve for Eels is number 15 Oregon Kaufusi
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 15 Nicholas Mougios
  • Reserve for Eels is number 18 Peni Terepo
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 18 Patrice Siolo
  • Reserve for Eels is number 19 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 19 Bradley Zampech
  • Reserve for Eels is number 20 Jai Field
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 20 Bronson Garlick
  • Reserve for Eels is number 21 Eli Levido
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 21 Edene Gebbie
  • Reserve for Eels is number 22 Elie El-Zakhem
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 23 Matthew French

Parramatta Eels: Centre Waqa Blake is pushing for round one as he recovers from a shoulder reconstruction. Blake Ferguson and Brad Takairangi are on All Stars duty.

Casualty ward

South Sydney Rabbitohs: Ethan Lowe's knee injury suffered at the Nines has him in doubt for round one. Liam Knight (foot) and Kurt Dillon (calf/hamstring) aren't expected to play until the Charity Shield against the Dragons. Cody Walker pulled out of the All Stars match as he recovers from a shoulder reconstruction, while Mark Nicholls (shoulder) isn't due to play until round one. Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts, Alex Johnston and Bryson Goodwin are on All Stars duty.

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The big question

Parramatta Eels: Will the Eels hit the ground running? Expectations are heavy on Parramatta after their impressive 2019 season. With a settled team, plus the additions of Matterson and Campbell-Gillard, they look like heavyweights on paper. Trials aren't the be-all and end-all, of course, but we'll get an insight into Parramatta's all-important depth in the trials.

South Sydney Rabbitohs: Who will fill out the forward pack? South Sydney's backline is stacked but they're a touch light on big men following the departures of John Sutton, Sam Burgess and George Burgess. There's a great chance for players like Patrick Mago, Keaon Koloamatangi and Hame Sele (who is on a train-and-trial contract) to grab a jumper.