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Ultimate Guide: Eels name team for Sunday

The nib Newcastle Knights will return home for their next battle against the Parramatta Eels this Sunday.

Ahead of the NRL's ANZAC round, the Knights will line up in a special edition jersey as the club pays tribute to all Australian and New Zealand personnel who have served for their country.

The Knights will be looking to respond after four straight defeats and will be fired up to play the Eels at home.

The match also shapes as an Elimination Final re-match as the Eels knocked the Knights out of the competition in the 2021 finals series.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 7 clash against the Parramatta Eels.


Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium

'I'm honoured and humbled': KP addresses the team


Gates/ Fan Zone open: 11:15am

NSW Cup: 11:30am

Tickets: Purchase here

50/50 Charity Raffle: Invictus Australia

Match Day Spnsor: Brydens Lawyers

Kids will also be allowed on the field post match - subject to change pending weather and stadium direction.


Since: 1988

Played: 56

Knights: 30

Eels: 25

Draws: 1


Team Lists


  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Hayze Perham
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Enari Tuala
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Bailey Simonsson
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Jake Clifford
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 17 Jake Arthur
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses


  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Kurt Mann
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown


  • Interchange for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Makahesi Makatoa
  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Ryan Matterson
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Leo Thompson
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
  • Interchange for Knights is number 18 Simi Sasagi
    Interchange for Eels is number 18 Bryce Cartwright


  • Replacement for Knights is number 17 Sauaso Sue
    Replacement for Eels is number 20 Wiremu Greig

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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TEAM LIST TUESDAY: Knights Head Coach, Adam O’Brien, has named Adam Clune at halfback as well as David Klemmer and Edrick Lee who both made successful returns last weekend from injury.

Phoenix Crossland moves back to the interchange bench while the remainder of the team is unchanged from the loss to the Dragons.

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For the Eels, representative prop Junior Paulo makes a return after missing the Easter Monday clash through suspension, shifting Oregon Kaufusi to the bench.

Marata Niukore (leg tightness) is out, replaced by Will Penisini in the centres with Hayze Perham coming onto the wing.

Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been named despite picking up an ankle injury on Monday.

Mitch Rein reverts back to the reserves with Jakob Arthur coming onto the bench.


The Knights suffered their fourth straight loss at the hands of the Dragons last round and will look to return to the winners circle against the Eels.

After a ding-dong battle, the 21-16 defeat to St George has slipped the Knights to 11th on the ladder ahead of the clash with Parramatta.

The Eels went down 21-20 in a thrilling battle against the Wests Tigers last time out.

Parramatta had previously won three on the trot before the Tigers game and currently sit in fourth spot on the ladder.

The Eels won the last occasion between the two sides in the 2021 Elimination Final coming away victors, 28-20.


Kalyn Ponga v Clint Gutherson: The battle of the fullbacks will light up McDonald Jones Stadium this Sunday.

Fresh off the massive news of his re-signing with the Club, Ponga will be ready to fire on all angles against the Eels.

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The Captain put in an incredible display in a beaten outfit last round running for a game-high 240 metres, scored a try and set-up another.

The Knights will look to limit Gutherson's impact having scored at least one try in his last four games.

The Eels No.1 has also averaged 160 running metres per game so far in 2022 while Ponga has made 15 tackle breaks this season.


The match poses an interesting contest for field position with the Knights leading the NRL in kick metres (3,717) while the Eels lead the NRL in kick return metres (1,340).

Jake Clifford tops the NRL stats with the most support plays in the NRL with 59.

Knights hooker, Chris Randall, sits second on the NRL tackle count with 264 so far this season.

Parramatta halfback, Mitchell Moses, leads the NRL for try-assists with 12.

The Eels currently hold a four-game winning streak over the Knights while Newcastle hold the lead on the overall head-to-head record.