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The Eels' annus horribilis

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016

Pauli Pauli of the Knights scores a try during the round 12 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on May 30, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia © Ashley Feder/Getty Images Pauli Pauli of the Knights scores a try during the round 12 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on May 30, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia A TIMELINE OF PARRAMATTA'S DISASTROUS 2016 NRL SEASON:

* March 2 - The NRL confirms Parramatta have avoided a four-point penalty after making core governance changes recommended by an independent review

* March 9 - Leaked Parramatta board minutes from 2014 emerge, showing the club rewarded third-party player sponsors with corporate boxes

* March 11 - The NRL confirms it will reopen its investigation into Parramatta's salary cap

* April 29 - Kieran Foran checks into a rehabilitation clinic after a relationship breakdown

* May 3 - The NRL announces the club will be docked 12 competition points, stripped of its Auckland Nines title, five senior officials suspended and fined $1.25 million for systematic salary-cap breaches

* May 10 - The club launches an investigation after prop Junior Paulo dons headgear and plays a game of third-grade club rugby union under a fake name

* May 12 - The club unloads Nathan Peats to get back under the salary cap while Anthony Watmough is forced into retirement

May 20 - Corey Norman is allegedly caught in possession of illegal drugs and subsequently charged by police just hours after being pictured dining with known criminals. He and Paulo subsequently receive warnings from police about consorting with criminals

* May 29 - Paulo receives an immediate release, freeing him to join Canberra

* May 31 - Foran ruled out for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury. His replacement Brad Takairangi is also out for four weeks with a hamstring strain

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