Parramatta Two Blues: Has someone woken the sleeping giant in the west?

In the mid 1980’s, Parramatta were the dominant force in Sydney’s Shute Shield competition. The Two Blues produced a number of Wallabies during this period and played in three consecutive grand finals against Randwick from 1984, winning the Shute Shield premiership in 1985 and 1986. More recently though, things haven’t been quite so promising. Situated right in the middle of Australia’s most competitive sporting market in Western Sydney, Parramatta’s juniors have been routinely raided by rival clubs and codes and the Two Blues have struggled both on and off the field. But things appear to be improving for Sydney rugby’s sleeping giant. Last year, the Two Blues beat reigning premiers Eastwood twice but lost six matches by less than a converted try and finished the season in 10th place. In 2017, Parramatta have four players in the Waratahs training squad – Taqele Naiyaravoro, Senio Toleafoa, David Lolohea and Tyrone Viiga – and have recruited former Australian Schoo
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