Formed in 1947, the Parramatta Eels struggled enormously in the early history, claiming 11 wooden spoons in in their first 26 seasons. Fortunately, the club is best known for a dynasty in the 1980s that saw them claim four premierships in six seasons – although success has largely eluded them since.
Parramatta looked on track for a stellar campaign in 2016 with six wins in their first nine matches. Revelations of a salary cap breach however saw them forfeit all competition points earned and the Eels simply never recovered, with their eventual 14th place seeing the club miss finals for a seventh straight year.
Senior coach: Brad Arthur
Captains: Tim Mannah & Beau Scott
2016 finish: 14th
Premierships: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986
2017 Team List
Daniel Alvaro, Kirisome Auva’a, Nathan Brown, Isaac De Gois, Kenny Edwards, Bureta Faraimo, John Folau, Bevan French, David Gower, Clinton Gutherson, James Hasson, Josh Hoffman, George Jennings, Michael Jennings, Cameron King, Manu Ma’u, Tim Mannah, Suaia Matagi, Tepai Moeroa, Cody Nelson, Corey Norman, Rory O’Brien, Frank Pritchard, Kaysa Pritchard, Semi Radradra, Jeff Robson, Scott Schulte, Beau Scott, Will Smith, Brad Takairangi, Kelepi Tanginoa, Peni Terepo, Vai Toutai, Honeti Tuha, Alex Twal, Joseph Ualesi, Siosaia Vave, Matthew Woods
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