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The Parramatta Eels have named their side for Friday night's crucial clash with the Newcastle Knights.
Even though it is so early in the season the game is an absolute must win for the embattled Eels as they look to register their first win for 2003. So far the Eels are winless after two rounds and a loss to the Knights will see the Eels well off the pace so early in the season.
The Knights are not without their own problems. Injuries have caused Michael Hagan to name several rookies in their side but the Knights should still start favourites against the Eels.
1.Brett Hodgson 2.Luke Burt 3.Jamie Lyon 4.David Vaealiki 5.Jason Moodie 6.Adam Dykes 7.Paul Green 8.Nathan Cayless (c) 9.John Morris 10.Michael Vella 11.Steven Crouch *(subject to judiciary hearing) 12.Dean Widders 13.Daniel Wagon
INTERCHANGE: 14.Shayne Dunley 15.Lee Hopkins 16.Daniel Heckenberg 17Alex Chan
Knights: 1. Robbie O?Davis 2. Timana Tahu 3. Matthew Gidley 4. Kurt Gidley 5. Joshua Smith 6. Sean Rudder 7. Andrew Johns (c) 8. Josh Perry 9. Danny Buderus 10. Adam Woolnough 11. Steve Simpson 12. Matthew Jobson 13. Daniel Abraham
INTERCHANGE: 14. Matthew Kennedy 15. Todd Bates 16. Luke Quigley 17. Craig Hall