NRL Team Update: Round 23

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary has updated his 19-man squad to take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons for their Round 23 clash tomorrow afternoon.

Kickoff for the match is at 5:30pm AEST from Leichhardt Oval, Sydney with live coverage via FOX League.

Cleary has confirmed that both Mahe Fonua (arm) and Chris Lawrence (hamstring/hand) will return for the side's must-win game with Kevin Naiqama shifting to the wing and Luke Garner back to the bench.

In-form forward Michael Chee Kam will move from the left to right edge with Lawrence's return, while Garner joins a four-forward interchange list including Alex Twal, Sauaso Sue and Matt Eisenhuth. 

Robbie Rochow and Tyson Gamble have dropped out of the squad originally named during the week and will feature in the club's Intrust Super Premiership game against the Wyong Roos on Saturday.

Jacob Liddle and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak have been retained in the squad as reserves, while Zac Lomax and Jai Field have been kept as reserves by Coach Paul McGregor with an otherwise unchanged lineup.

Field could come in to the side at five-eighth with Kurt Mann named to replace Gareth Widdop in the halves.

Final team lists will be confirmed for both sides one hour prior to kickoff tomorrow (4:30pm, Saturday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Nene Macdonald
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Mahe Fonua
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Kevin Naiqama
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jordan Pereira
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Kurt Mann
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 17 Matthew Eisenhuth
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Michael Chee-Kam
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jack de Belin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 11 Chris Lawrence
    Interchange for Dragons is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke Garner
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Blake Lawrie
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Jai Field