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Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire will welcome back five-eighth Benji Marshall for Saturday's Round 8 clash against the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Marshall has not played for the club since picking up a hamstring injury in Round 3, but has been named to return in the number six jersey in place of Josh Reynolds, who will himself be sidelined for the next few weeks with a knee injury.

Marshall will start alongside Luke Brooks in the halves in the only change to this week's run-on side, which also sees Chris McQueen start again in the back row following his first NRL game of the season last week against the Titans.

After sitting out last week's game due to the necessary concussion protocols, Luke Garner is also a welcome return with the forward included on the bench.

 
 
 
 
 
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Having played for the club's Canterbury Cup side over the past fortnight, hooker Jacob Liddle and winger David Nofoaluma have been named amongst the reserves for Saturday's game, along with Paul Momirovski and Russell Packer. Both Momirovski and Packer travelled with the squad to Tamworth but did not feature last week — Packer listed as 18th man while Momirovski was unused on the bench.

For the Roosters, Coach Trent Robinson will welcome back Luke Keary from concussion, with the five-eighth replacing Lachlan Lam in the halves, while Isaac Liu also returns from a broken finger to slot in at lock in place of Mitchell Aubusson.

Jake Friend's biceps injury sees Victor Radley shift from lock to hooker, with Poasa Faamausili, Sam Verrills and Lindsay Collins joining Lam amongst the reserves.

Wests Tigers will provide an updated 19-man squad 24 hours prior to their Round 8 game (7:30pm, Friday) with final team lists to be confirmed one hour before kickoff.

Game Day Film: Tamworth

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Roosters is number 17 Mitchell Aubusson
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Josh Aloiai

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Sitili Tupouniua
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Lindsay Collins
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jacob Liddle

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Referee: Tim Roby
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Touch Judge: Mark Bohan
  • Video Referee: Ben Galea
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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