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Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Michael Maguire has named a strong side for Friday night's clash against the Penrith Panthers with Josh Reynolds set for his first game of the new season

Reynolds had featured for the club's Canterbury Cup side over the past fortnight as he completed his long-term return from injury, and will now move in to the halves with Benji Marshall (hamstring) unavailable for selection this week.

Reynolds will partner Luke Brooks in the halves for the first time since Round 16 of the 2018 season as Wests Tigers look to bounce back from last week's defeat.

Maguire has confirmed an otherwise unchanged side for Friday's game with Luke Garner named in the back row despite picking up a knock last week.

Russell Packer, Thomas Mikaele, Josh Aloiai and Michael Chee Kam will again feature off the interchange bench for Wests Tigers with Paul Momirovski, Matt Eisenhuth, Robbie Rochow and Chris McQueen all named as reserves.

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David Nofoaluma (shoulder) has not been named as he continues his rehabilitation with the winger expected to be available for selection next week, while Jacob Liddle (ankle) and Chris Lawrence (jaw/face) also remain unavailable for selection.

For Penrith, Viliame Kikau and Isaah Yeo have both been named to return from injury with James Fisher-Harris moving to lock. Moses Leota drops back to the bench alongside Hame Sele with Reagan Campbell-Gillard named to start at prop, while Frank Winterstein retains his spot on the bench after his club debut.

Dylan Edwards remains at fullback after a game to forget last week against Melbourne with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak named once again on the right wing.

Wests Tigers will confirm an updated 19-man squad for Friday's game on Thursday evening at 8:05pm AEDT before finalising their 17-man team to take on the Panthers one hour prior to kickoff at Panthers Stadium (7:05pm, Thursday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 James Maloney
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Sione Katoa
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Isaah Yeo
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 15 Frank Winterstein
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 James Fisher-Harris
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Russell Packer
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Wayde Egan
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Matthew Eisenhuth