Wests Tigers 2014 squad - Props

In the final announcement of the top 33 playing squad for 2014, Mick Potter takes us through the eight props ahead of pre-season training.


The addition of Martin Taupau from the Bulldogs adds great depth to this particular area, with all eight players having played at least one game of first grade.


Taupau will look to lock-down a spot in the strongest 17 after playing just 21 games in his career at the Bulldogs who have a strong front row rotation of James Graham, Sam Kasiano and Aiden Tolman.


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Jack Buchanan and Ava Seumanufagai both had strong debut seasons for the Wests Tigers after injuries to Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway opened the door for the rookie pair to feature in a considerable amount of games.


Nathan Brown and James Gavet will also be competing for positions in the NRL squad, with Woods, Galloway and Adam Blair adding a wealth of experience to the 2014 forward pack.





MICK POTTER TALKS PROPS FOR 2014:


In the props we have added a bit of size with Martin Taupau. He was a very good player for Canterbury and probably didnt get as much opportunity as he could have given the pack they have over there. He is dynamic, powerful and makes metres after contact, Potter said.


Having a fit Keith Galloway for the full season will give us plenty of metres. Aaron Woods and Adam Blair round off probably the more experienced players and we have still got Ava Seumanufagai and Jack Buchanan. They are two young guys who probably played more NRL this year that they would have thought they would get. That experience is going to leave them wanting more and there is going to be a real fight on for those front row positions.


Weve got James Gavet who was hampered by injuries in 2013. He played pretty well in the State Cup but never had an opportunity to progress given salary cap restraints from the second tier.


Young Nathan Brown gets his chance in the top squad; he has done a real good job for the Under 20s this year. Unfortunately Nathan hurt his pectoral in the game against Brisbane, which really hampered the Under 20s opportunity to progress in the finals series.


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