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Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Michael Maguire has named his 21-man squad for his side's season opener against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.

Kickoff for the match is at 5:30pm AEDT as Wests Tigers look to secure their fifth consecutive Round 1 victory and fourth straight win over the Sea Eagles.

Despite being without a number of key players including captain Moses Mbye, David Nofoaluma and Chris Lawrence, Wests Tigers will field a strong side for Saturday's game with new recruits Paul Momirovski, Robert Jennings and Ryan Matterson all set to make play their first game for the club. Young gun Thomas Mikaele will also make his first-grade debut after being named as part of a four-forward interchange bench that includes Russell Packer, Josh Aloiai and Michael Chee Kam.

Corey Thompson has been named at fullback in Mbye's absence with Mahe Fonua on the wing, while Benji Marshall will start in the halves alongside Luke Brooks.

Alex Twal and Luke Garner also earn starting spots after impressing throughout the pre-season — joining Ben Matulino and Elijah Taylor in the run-on forward pack.

Josh Reynolds, Matt Eisenhuth, Jacob Liddle and Chris McQueen have been named amongst the reserves to round out the 21-man squad for Saturday's game.

For the visitors, Brendan Elliott will replace Tom Trbojevic at fullback while Reuben Garrick will make his first-grade debut after being named on the wing.

Kane Elgey will partner Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves instead of Trent Hodkinson, who has been named on the interchange bench in jersey 14.

Two players will be omitted from the team 24 hours before the game before a final 17-man team list will be confirmed one hour prior to kickoff (4:30pm, Saturday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brad Parker
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kane Elgey
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Russell Packer
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Trent Hodkinson
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Kelepi Tanginoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley