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Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Ivan Cleary has finalised his side to take on the Penrith Panthers on Thursday night for their Round 11 clash.

Kickoff for the match is at 7:50pm AEST from Panthers Stadium, Penrith.

After a last start win over the North Queensland Cowboys, Cleary has confirmed one late change to the team originally named during the week with Chris McQueen set to make his club debut tonight.

McQueen has been brought on to the interchange bench for tonight's game in jersey 19, with the in-form Michael Chee Kam set to start his first game of the year in place of Kevin Naiqama.

Russell Packer will formally captain the team tonight for the third time this season.

Signed to the club for the start of the 2018 season, McQueen has been featuring in the Intrust Super Premiership season this competition after making a successful return from off-season neck surgery.

The 30-year-old has played 145 first-grade games in his career since debuting in 2009, and won the Premiership with South Sydney in 2014. He has played six State of Origin games for Queensland, was part of the Prime Minister's XIII team in 2011 and 2015 and also featured in the 2017 NRL All Stars match.

McQueen will become Wests Tigers Player #216 with his debut tonight, and is the seventh player to make their club debut at Wests Tigers so far this season.


1. Corey Thompson
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Esan Marsters
16. Michael Chee Kam
5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
6. Benji Marshall
7. Luke Brooks
8. Russell Packer (capt.)
9. Elijah Taylor
10. Ben Matulino
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Robbie Rochow
13. Matt Eisenhuth

14. Alex Twal
15. Jacob Liddle
17. Sauaso Sue
19. Chris McQueen

Coach: Ivan Cleary


1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
2. Christian Crichton
3. Tyrone Peachey
4. Dean Whare
5. Tyrone Peachey
6. James Maloney (capt.)
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Trent Merrin
9. Sione Katoa
10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
11. Corey Harawira-Naera
12. Isaah Yeo
13. James Fisher-Harris

14. Wayde Egan
15. Jack Hetherington
16. Viliame Kikau
17. James Tamou

Coach: Anthony Griffin

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