Eels captain Tim Mannah praises Lebanon teammate and Wests Tigers recruit Alex Twal



  • PARRAMATTA pinched Mitchell Moses, but the Wests Tigers did well to sneak under the Eels’ guard and steal Alex Twal, who will line up for Lebanon in the World Cup.

    Eels Holden Cup coach and Lebanon assistant Luke Burt said 21-year-old Twal was likely to become a ‘’long-time first-grader’’.

    “He plays big minutes for a front-rower, he has a great work ethic, he’s a top kid. The thing with ‘Twally’ is you know what you will get out of him every game.’’

    Parramatta skipper Tim Mannah said Twal had the ability to become the Tigers forwards leader, despite the high-profile signings of Russell Packer and Ben Matulino.

    “He reminds me of Nathan Brown where his personality is huge, and he’s a player players love to play with,’’ Mannah said.

    “He brings a lot to a team. The Tigers are lucky to have him. He’ll have a really strong career in the NRL.’’

    Twal, who grew up in Merrylands to a Jordanian father and Lebanese mother, said he had not looked back since being given the chance to join the Tigers and play first grade.

    It was during one of his first meetings with the Lebanon team Twal got to know Ivan Cleary, who was then in charge of the Cedars before taking over the Tigers.

    “”Those last ten weeks with the Tigers in first grade was a dream come true, and to now pull on the red and green (for Lebanon), it’s been a big year,’’ Twal said.

    “There are still areas I can work on, and I want play well in this World Cup and use it as a stepping stone to improve my game again in 2018.’’

    Lebanon kickstart their Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon with former Tigers Moses and Robbie Farah the halves pairing.

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  • I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!



  • From the games he’s played in the nrl, he’ll have a long career in the top grade.


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    I thought Twal was Lebanon’s best forward…

    It’s players like him that will get a lot out of representing in the World Cup…I already think he is a quality domestic Prop…makes his metres and tackles every game…once he gets more confidence the offload he possesses will come out…



  • 'Twal is already a better player then Alvaro imo (and a number of Eels fans if you check out their forum), Eels stuffed up big time. Twal mustn’t be a big enough thug to get a run in their pack.



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    I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!

    We’ve got him for the next three years which will irritate a certain Sydney club whose major prop has not been the same since his knee injury and the other while able to put a big hit on is slow and inconsistent. You have to love how we beat other clubs to his signature. Well done.



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    I thought Twal was Lebanon’s best forward…

    It’s players like him that will get a lot out of representing in the World Cup…I already think he is a quality domestic Prop…makes his metres and tackles every game…once he gets more confidence the offload he possesses will come out…

    Yeah, had the one he popped against Manly not been habbed by an alert DCE to save an otherwise certain try, we would most likely have seen a good few further offloads from Twal.



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    I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!

    We’ve got him for the next three years which will irritate a certain Sydney club whose major prop has not been the same since his knee injury and the other while able to put a big hit on is slow and inconsistent. You have to love how we beat other clubs to his signature. Well done.

    Which club? Heargraves and Napa?



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    I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!

    We’ve got him for the next three years which will irritate a certain Sydney club whose major prop has not been the same since his knee injury and the other while able to put a big hit on is slow and inconsistent. You have to love how we beat other clubs to his signature. Well done.

    I didn’t realise he’d signed a three year deal - that’s great news!



  • His best is yet to come as well, that’s the best thing about him.

    Hasn’t once looked out of his depth in first grade. What were Parra thinking letting him go?



  • His tackle efficiency is unbelievable, especially for a kid his age. I think he only missed a total of 4 or 5 tackles in the 9 games he played this year. I echo everyone else in asking what the hell were Parra thinking letting him go. By the time Matulino (presumably) retires in 3 years, he’ll be ready to stand up and be our forward leader.



  • If he was a queenslander he’s exactly the sort of player they’d pick for Origin in a year or two (if he stays on the current track…). Great output, very efficient and highly reliable.



  • One of Cleary’s best moves after he arrived was to identify him, the young bloke has rep player written all over him, and he seems to appreciate Ivan and the club for giving him a go.



  • Didn’t know much about him before his arrival, played well when he was given the opportunity. Hopefully he can keep it up as his stats are great and he may fill the role previously occupied by Woods.



  • Should start alongside Packer next year!
    Sue and Matts off the Bench to complement.
    Perfect blend!


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