The nib Newcastle Knights NRLW side will take on the Parramatta Eels this Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Returning home for Round 3, the team will look to continue their streak of victories back in front of the Newcastle crowd.
Caitlin Moran, Tiana Davison and Jakiya Whitfeld are set to make their NRLW and Club debuts against the Eels.
This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 3 NRLW clash with the Parramatta Eels.
nib NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v PARRAMATTA EELS
Date: Sunday, 4th September
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Gates/Fan Zone open: 11:30am
NRLW kick-off: 12pm
NRL kick-off: 2pm
Theme: Old Boys Round
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Match Day Sponsor: Hunter City Motor Group
Match: Knights v Eels
Round 3 -
Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tamika UptonFullback for Eels is number 1 Gayle Broughton
Winger for Knights is number 5 Autumn-Rain Stephens DalyWinger for Eels is number 2 Zali Fay
Centre for Knights is number 3 Shanice ParkerCentre for Eels is number 3 Tiana Penitani
Centre for Knights is number 4 Bobbi LawCentre for Eels is number 4 Rikeya Horne
Winger for Knights is number 19 Jakiya WhitfeldWinger for Eels is number 5 Tess Staines
Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kirra DibbFive-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Ashleigh Quinlan
Halfback for Knights is number 7 Jesse SouthwellHalfback for Eels is number 7 Tayla Preston
Prop for Knights is number 8 Caitlan JohnstonProp for Eels is number 10 Ellie Johnston
Hooker for Knights is number 9 Olivia HigginsHooker for Eels is number 9 Seli Mailangi
Prop for Knights is number 10 Millie BoyleProp for Eels is number 14 Kennedy Cherrington
2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Romy Teitzel2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Christian Pio
2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Yasmin Clydsdale2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Vanessa Foliaki
Lock for Knights is number 17 Makenzie WealeLock for Eels is number 13 Simaima Taufa
Interchange for Knights is number 14 Emma ManzelmannInterchange for Eels is number 8 Filomina Hanisi
Interchange for Knights is number 15 Tayla PredebonInterchange for Eels is number 16 Najvada George
Interchange for Knights is number 18 Caitlin MoranInterchange for Eels is number 17 Ruby-Jean Kennard
Interchange for Knights is number 21 Tiana DavisonInterchange for Eels is number 18 Rueben Cherrington
Replacement for Knights is number 16 Kyra SimonReplacement for Eels is number 19 Abbi Church
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen
UPDATE: In three late changes, Caitlin Moran, Tiana Davison and Jakiya Whitfeld have come into the team.
The three will make their official NRLW and Club debut against the Eels.
For the Eels, a change on Saturday with Reuben Cherrington joining the bench for her NRLW debut and Brooke Anderson dropping out.
TUESDAY: Griffiths has stuck with the side that defeated the Gold Coast Titans 16-12 on Sunday to remain undefeated through two rounds of the season.
Tamika Upton and Simone Karpani have been named to play and will continue to be monitored through the week after failing to pass their HIA’s during the Titans match.
Yasmin Clydsdale passed her HIA on Sunday and has also been selected to play.
For the Eels, there are no changes to the team which took the field against the Dragons in Round 2 with Tayla Preston named to start after joining the side from the reserves last week.
Fullback Gayle Broughton is named after failing to finish the match against St George Illawarra.
The Knights sit 2nd on the ladder after the opening two wins, only behind the Sydney Roosters on points differential.
Our side defeated the Gold Coast Titans 16-12 last round.
Takairangi on strong start and Eels challenge
The Eels went down 16-10 to the Dragons in Round 2.
Parramatta sit 5th on the ladder after the first couple of rounds.
Shanice Parker v Tiana Penitani: Two game-breaking centres will do battle this Sunday.
Parker has had a strong start to the NRLW season in Knights colours forming a lethal right-edge combination with Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly.
Parker on team connection and combinations
The centre has provided two try-assists in two game plus averaged 86 run metres.
Shanice will look to contain NSW Blues centre in Penitani who has made 5 tackle breaks and averaged 140 run metres from the opening two games.
The Knights have previously played the Eels once in our inaugural 2021 season.
The Eels defeated the Knights 13-12 in our inaugural game in the NRLW from last season.
For percentage set completion, the Eels are in front with a 78% completion rate, while our side sits at 71%.
Tamika Upton leads the competition for kick return metres (149 metres) and runs (38) from the opening two games.