Huge wrap on Parramatta Eels' 17-year-old Bevan French

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  1. eels81236

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    When is it on, Pete?
     
  2. lingard

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    Thanks for that, Pete.
     
  3. eelinfo

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    Should be interesting to see him in action. Just keep him away from sandow, not a good influence. And more importantly keep him away from Hillsong we don't need anymore players brainwashed.
     
  4. Barry O'Speedwagon

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    I hope he has made SofO by May.

    Anyway, he's got a great name, and if he at least wants to do a degree at Uni I reckon that's at least a sign that he might have his head screwed on a bit tighter than some.
     
  5. Eels Dude

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    It's handy that he can play fullback or in the halves then... because they are both very important positions. Were you expecting him to be a potential front rower or something? Just because he doesn't have the build of Greg Inglis doesn't mean he can't be a good player.
     
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  6. Poupou Escobar

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    What if he only ends up as big as Matty Bowen?
     
  7. Tone83

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    I know but I feel in the modern game, and more and more into the future, the small fullback will be found out. So I just think they should start grooming him for 5/8 now if he's looking like he'll turn out small (which I'm not even sure of yet, but those close to him should have a good idea).

    Barba and Bowen are/were great, but Bowen should have been turned into a 5/8 a while back, and Barba should be too (although I'm not sure if barba even has the attributes, but bowen definitely did - an amazing kicking game that was never really utilised).
     
  8. parra pete

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    Nathan Blacklock is one of the most impressive sporting identity that I have had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing.
    What you see is what you get..No ego, just down to earth, from the heart - telling it how it is.
     
  9. Eels Dude

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    I don't know if I agree with that. In fact I think it's in some ways the opposite. From what I recall Barba WAS being groomed as a 5'8th/half, but he simply wasn't big enough to play in that position in first grade as he got steam-rolled in defence. He was too talented to keep out of the side though so was moved to fullback.

    I don't think you need a fullback who is tall, if they are athletic enough so they can jump, have good hands, and are quick off the mark they can make up for it.
     
  10. Joshuatheeel

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    Brett Stewart
    Ben barba
    Matt Bowen
    Billy slater
    Matt moylan
    Kevin Locke
    Daris Boyd
    Anthony min.....
    Michael Gordon

    Are all pretty small players - and no where near inglis / Hayne in size .
     
  11. Joshuatheeel

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    The guy didn't mind a drink either and never got into the right "mind set" while at the roosters. In addition the end of his career wasnt that impressive for a number of reasons.

    He may be a good bloke now, but he was no angel during his playing days
     
  12. Tone83

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    Exactly.

    Although I would argue that Stewart, Barba, bowen and slater were still ok players.
     
  13. Poupou Escobar

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    The only ones I would call small are Barba and Bowen. Maybe Slater and Locke. The rest are all average sized, for backs.
     
  14. parra pete

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    He made his name as a player with St George/Illawarra and not when he was at the Roosters, playing lower grades....
    BTW....Who doesn't mind a drink????? I take blokes as I find them and he is one of the most inspirational bloke that I have met. HUmble, friendly and an outstanding ambassador for his race and SPORT. I say sport, rather than League, because Tinga says he doesn't follow the NRL due to its 'predictability'. He hates players being 'robotised' by coaches..he prefers playing on instinct. I agree with him btw. The players today are highly skilled, higher than ever before. BUT every attacking set of six seems to go the same ruck it for five and kick into the ingoal on the sixth...BORING, BORING...Zzzzzzzz.
    AND I can't remember him EVER getting into trouble because of alcohol. EVER.
    He played for Australia, and overseas in ESL before switching and playing Super Rugby with Waratahs....That's a pretty impressive 'end of career'...AND he donated a huge sum of money to the Tinga community so it could purchase a bus to transport kids to the Pool in Inverell.
    A CHAMPION...
     
  15. magpie4ever

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    Full credit to Nathan.
     
  16. parra pete

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    Works with Aboriginal people to get them employment, and to get pointed in the right direction. He represents his people at events like NAIDOC week, visiting schools etc.
    He is a regular visitor to gaols and institutions to visit inmates, and mentor them in life. As I have posted - a humble man, from humble beginnings who has grown into an inspirational speaker and role model.
    I met him in 2013 when he visited our town as the GUEST SPEAKER at our Sportsperson of the Year Award. I was the MC for the night, and when Nathan spoke, you could have heard a pin drop. We had a crowd of over 200, and in my time as MC of the Annual event - about 30 years - he was probably the best received speaker we have had. AND we have had Greg Brentnal, Dermott Brereton, Peter Daicos, Tommy Hafey, Frank Hyde, Johnny Peard, Les Boyd, Rodney Hogg, Doug Walters, Dean Jones, Brett Goldspink, Ray Bright, Peter Fitzsimons, Doug Hawkins, Andrew Cooper (Oarsome Foursome) amongst others as our guests...
     
  17. Poupou Escobar

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    "Hey kids, make sure you stay in school because you might be a professional athlete one day!"

    ...

    "What was that? What do you do if you don't make it in sports? You're asking the wrong bloke."

    #inspirational
     
  18. Bigfella

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    I heard the reason you couldn't hear a pun drop was that the mc had put everyone to sleep?
     
  19. Gary Gutful

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    Was the event in NZ?

    Actually, I reckon Parra Pete would have been dropping dodgy puns left right and centre.
     
  20. Barry O'Speedwagon

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    I think that would make him a witch, wouldn't it?

    Probably have to burn him.
     

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