The 2017 NRL finals are almost upon us! And even if your team won’t be competing, there are still plenty of things to be excited about.
Now, of course, this is only one man speaking so if you have anything thing else that you are looking forward to this NRL finals series, please leave it in the comments.
Parramatta back on the big stage
After 8 years out of the NRL finals series, the Parramatta Eels are back and are in it to win it!
The last time the Eels were in the finals they made the grand final unfortunately losing to the Melbourne Storm 23-16. During the Eels time out of the finals, they finished last on the NRL ladder in 2012 and 2013. They were not helped by the multiple scandals they faced over this period of time and the loss of their “golden son” Jarryd Hayne who went to play in the NFL in late 2014.
That is now all behind them as the Eels now look to push forward and attempt to become the 2017 NRL premiers. It will be interesting to see this Parramatta squad in the finals as most of them do not have finals experience, so it will be exciting to see players like Semi Radrada and Mitchell Moses getting a taste of finals footy.
Another exciting aspect is that Parramatta is the team that has gone the longest amount of time without winning a premiership. The last time they won a premiership was in 1986 which was 31 years ago, meaning it would be one of the great rugby league return to glory stories if they were to win this year’s premiership.