Here is all you need to know about the Parramatta Eels 2023 Telstra Premiership draw.
Teams they play twice
Panthers, Roosters, Cowboys, Broncos, Storm, Sea Eagles, Titans, Bulldogs.
Teams they play once
Sharks, Tigers, Dolphins, Dragons, Warriors, Rabbitohs, Knights, Raiders.
- Thursday: 4 games
- Friday: 9 games
- Saturday: 5 games
- Sunday: 4 games
- Monday: 2 games
- 5 Days: 3 games
- 6 Days: 7 games
- 7+ Days: 13 games
Round 14, 18 and 27.
Season shapers: Eels
Brad Arthur’s men have the honour of opening the 2023 season when they host Melbourne at CommBank Stadium on Thursday, March 2. They are at home again in Round 2 against the Sharks before a trip to the northern beaches to face the Sea Eagles in Round 3 and a shot at grand final revenge against Penrith in Round 4 in front of the CommBank faithful.
If Nathan Cleary stays fit then he’ll be the NSW halfback so Mitch Moses will be free to concentrate on the Eels but forwards Junior Paulo, Shaun Lane and Reagan Campbell-Gillard could all be in the Blues frame. The Eels will face an under-strength Cowboys outfit in Round 13 ahead of Origin I and then tackle Manly in the week before Origin II and the Warriors before Origin III.
The run home
The Eels face the Storm at a venue yet to be decided in Melbourne (Round 22) and the Broncos at the Gabba (Round 24) as the NRL makes way for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Rugby league was last played at Brisbane’s iconic Gabba ground in 1956 when Australia and New Zealand met in a Test match. After a massive game against Penrith in Round 26 the Eels have the luxury of a bye in Round 27 to rest weary bones and ready themselves for another finals campaign.
And another thing...
The Eels are the kings of the public holiday Monday game, featuring on Easter Monday against Wests Tigers at Accor Stadium in Round 6 and again in Round 15 on the Queen’s Birthday when they face the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium. Both those games resulted in shock losses for the Eels in 2022 – a 21-20 loss to Wests Tigers and a 34-4 humbling at the hands of the Dogs.