SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Eric Grothe of the Eels runs the ball during the round three NRL match between the West Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at Sydney Football Stadium on March 26, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Eric Grothe Jr was one of the toughest and most powerful wingers to ever grace an NRL field.

His career spanned over a decade, playing predominately for the Parramatta Eels as well as a brief stint with the Sydney Roosters. He played a total of 142 games, scoring 67 tries and 268 points.

Debuting in 1999, Grothe Jr was hampered with injuries throughout the early part of his career, before starting to hit his strides in 2005 when he was named to Australia’s Tri-Nations squad. The following year, he was one of NSW’s best players in their series loss to Queensland.

In 2010, Grothe Jr announced his retirement from the game after struggling to overcome persistent knee injuries. He attempted to resurrect his career in 2014 with the Cronulla Sharks but was again hampered by injuries.

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Nowadays, Grothe Jr and his legendary father Eric Grothe Sr, host a podcast called UnderGrothe, where they talk all things NRL amongst a host of other topics. You can find them all over social media, including YouTube and Instagram, so be sure to have a listen.

Eric spoke to us during the week and gave us his tips for Round 7!

Thursday, April 19

Bulldogs vs Roosters

ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

“Bulldogs had a good win last week and should put together back-to-back wins.”

Tip: Bulldogs by 10 

Friday, April 20

Warriors vs Dragons

“Warriors in an upset. The right Warriors will turn up and they will get it done.”

Tip: Warriors by 8 

Broncos vs Storm

“Big occasion up there at Suncorp. Bellamy will have them all fired up.”

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Tip: Storm by 2

Saturday, April 21

Rabbitohs vs Raiders

“Raiders will be pretty pumped after smoking the Eels, but the Rabbitohs looked better against the Roosters.”

Tip: Rabbitohs by 12 

Wests Tigers vs Knights

“Tigers are on fire at the moment so let’s stick with them.”

Tip: West Tigers by 6 

Cowboys vs Titans

“Cowboys are in a bit of a rut, the Titans will bounce back after losing badly to the Panther.”

Tip: Titans by five 

Sunday, April 22

Eels vs Sea Eagles

“Bit of a do or die for the Eels and I will back them in.”

Tip: Eels by 8 

Sharks vs Panthers

James Maloney will really drive it home that they should not have got rid of him.”

Tip: Panthers by 8 

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