Wests Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary will welcome back some added firepower for his side's must-win game against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons at Leichhardt Oval.
As they look to keep their finals hopes alive following back-to-back victories, Wests Tigers have been boosted by the returns of Mahe Fonua and Chris Lawrence for Saturday's pivotal game — both players included in the run-on side as Wests Tigers look to close the gap on the eighth-placed Brisbane Broncos.
Fonua has not played since suffering a broken arm in Round 15, while Lawrence will play his first game since picking a hamstring strain and broken hand in his side's victory over the Dragons back in Round 18.
Fonua's return sees Kevin Naiqama move to the wing and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak back to the reserves, while Lawrence's inclusion on the left edge sees in-form forward Michael Chee Kam shift to the right.
Luke Garner drops back to the bench where he is joined by Alex Twal, Matt Eisenhuth and Sauaso Sue.
Young gun hooker Jacob Liddle has once again been named amongst the reserves with plenty of big selection issues for Coach Ivan Cleary given the impressive form of all four forwards named on the bench.
Liddle joins Watene-Zelezniak on the reserves list with Tyson Gamble and Robbie Rochow, who have both been named in the club's Intrust Super Premiership team to take on Wyong on Saturday afternoon.
Benji Marshall formally captains the side on Saturday as Wests Tigers look to make it three wins in a row.
For the Dragons, Coach Paul McGregor has named Kurt Mann at five-eighth in place of England international Gareth Widdop, who picked up a dislocated shoulder in last week's loss to the Eels.
He partners Ben Hunt in the halves with rookie Jordan Pereira returning to the wing.
On the bench, Jacob Host comes back in with Paul Vaughan (ankle) still unavailable, while talented younsters Zac Lomax and Jai Field join Hame Sele and Darren Nicholls amongst the reserves.
Match: Wests Tigers v Dragons
Round 23 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses MbyeFullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Dragons is number 2 Nene Macdonald
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Esan MarstersCentre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Mahe FonuaCentre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Kevin NaiqamaWinger for Dragons is number 5 Jordan Pereira
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji MarshallFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Kurt Mann
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell PackerProp for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie FarahHooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Ben MatulinoProp for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Michael Chee-Kam2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 17 Matthew Eisenhuth2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah TaylorLock for Dragons is number 13 Jack de Belin
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 11 Chris LawrenceInterchange for Dragons is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Sauaso SueInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke GarnerInterchange for Dragons is number 16 Blake Lawrie
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jacob LiddleInterchange for Dragons is number 19 Jai Field
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Referee: Matt Noyen
- Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Video Referee: Luke Patten
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein