Special permission granted for talented pair

Wests Tigers have been granted permission from the NRL for exciting youngsters Luke Brooks and Nathan Brown to possibly make their first grade debuts this weekend.


The Club yesterday wrote to NRL Salary Cap Auditor Ian Schubert asking for permission to breach the second tier salary cap by allowing the talented pair to play against St George-Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.


The decision as to whether half-back Brooks and prop Brown will play will be made by Coach Mick Potter following the teams final training session tomorrow.


Click here to read the profiles on Brooks and Brown


The permission granted by Schubert was made under special circumstances given that neither team could make the NRL finals series.


This was a one-off application that will be assessed on a weekly basis subject to Wests Tigers upcoming matches in the final few rounds of the Telstra Premiership and whether the opposition teams can make the finals.


The decision by Schubert to grant permission was based upon it being in the best interests of the game as a whole.