Wests Tigers have received a boost ahead of their clash against the Canberra Raiders on Sunday with Life Member Benji Marshall named for the must-win match.

Marshall picked up a calf injury in the second half of his side's win over the Knights last weekend, with Coach Ivan Cleary declaring post-match  that he was hopeful of the five-eighth playing this week.

With an extended turnaround, Marshall has been named for Sunday's game as Wests Tigers look to keep their finals hopes alive and close the gap on the three teams sitting four points above them on the ladder.

In other key team news for the side, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak returns on the left wing with Corey Thompson suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the Round 21 victory while Mahe Fonua may come in to calculations after being named amongst the reserves. Fonua has not played since breaking his arm against Canberra when they met back in Round 15 but is getting close to making his return from injury.

Fonua joins Jacob Liddle, Chris McQueen and Tyson Gamble among the reserves for Sunday's game with Robbie Rochow returning to the bench alongside Sauaso Sue, Robbie Rochow and Matt Eisenhuth.

Russell Packer will formally captain the team while Moses Mbye will play his 100th NRL game.

For the Raiders, Coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged lineup from the one that went down to Penrith in dramatic circumstances last week with Blake Austin continuing at centre outside Brad Abbey.

Nick Cotric remains at fullback with Jack Wighton (suspended) and Jarrod Croker (injured) unavailable.

 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Nick Cotric
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Brad Abbey
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Blake Austin
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Esan Marsters
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Kevin Naiqama
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 14 Dunamis Lui
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Raiders is number 15 Shannon Boyd
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Ben Matulino
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Michael Chee-Kam
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 8 Iosia Soliola
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Josh Papalii
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 17 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Alex Twal
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Luke Bateman
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 19 Jack Murchie
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jacob Liddle