Parramatta Eels Workout, Emotional, Mitchell Moses, Grandmother’s Funeral, Barbara Elias, Penultimate Week, Benny Elias, Most Famous Mother in Home State History

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Eels coach Brad Arthur made a sympathetic plea to move training last week so star halfback Mitch Moses could attend his grandmother’s funeral.

Moses played against the Raiders in their semi-final last Friday night as Parramatta progressed to Week 3 of the Finals for the first time since 2009.

They will face the Cowboys in Townsville on Friday for a place in the Grand Final against the Panthers or the Rabbitohs.

But foxsports.com.au understands that preparations for the club’s biggest game in 13 years were changed when Arthur allowed Moses to attend Barbara Elias’ funeral on Monday.

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The Eels were due to train on Monday morning, but Arthur moved the session to the afternoon to accommodate his best player.

Beard has become “most famous mother in home state historywhen she ran onto the field in the closing stages of the 1992 series opener.

She jumped the fence at the Sydney Football Stadium to wipe the blood from the head of her son Benny Elias, the man of the match.

Mitchell Moses and Brad Arthur in practice Monday afternoon. Photo: Richard DobsonSource: News Corp Australia

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Moses was not born when the famous incident took place, but had a vision of the iconic moment of Origin.

The 28-year-old was extremely close to his grandmother who was laid to rest in Sydney on Monday with several rugby league identities in attendance.

Moses expects to become a father for the first time in the final series as Parramatta pursues his first premiership since 1986.

The halfback is said to have a clause in his contract that will see his annual salary increase from $900,000 to $1 million if the Eels win the Grand Final.

Parramatta are the only club to beat the Panthers twice this season and their Week 1 final clash was on the line until Moses suffered a concussion.

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