Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire has updated his 19-man squad to take on the Penrith Panthers for their Round 9 clash tomorrow as part of the NRL's Magic Round weekend.
Kickoff for the match is at 6:00pm AEST from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with the Sea Eagles and Broncos to feature as the second match of the night later on.
After a strong weekend of training, Maguire has listed Benji Marshall (hamstring) to return to the side after sitting out the last month with injury. The Kiwi playmaker will join with Luke Brooks in the halves for his 293rd career game.
Matt Eisenhuth will start at lock with Josh Aloiai (concussion) ruled out, while Oliver Clark will make his first-grade debut off the bench after being named in jersey 16.
Luke Garner was omitted from the squad 24 hours before kickoff, with Elijah Taylor coming on to the bench in jersey 19. Paul Momirovski and Michael Chee Kam remain in the squad as reserves, with Russell Packer dropping out.
Putting the finishing touches on!
For the Panthers, Coach Ivan Cleary has confirmed that Waqa Blake will sit out the game due to disciplinary issues with Tyrell Fuimaono moving in to the centres.
Sione Katoa starts at lock in place of Hame Sele (who is out with a minor back complaint) while James Maloney is free to play after beating his Judiciary charge.
Jarome Luai and Kaide Ellis are the new faces on the bench in a reshuffled team, while Dylan Edwards and Viliame Kikau remain in the squad as reserves.
Final team lists will be confirmed one hour before kickoff (5:00pm, Friday).
Match: Wests Tigers v Panthers
Round 9 -
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses MbyeFullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe FonuaWinger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert JenningsCentre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan MarstersCentre for Panthers is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey ThompsonWinger for Panthers is number 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji MarshallFive-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 James Maloney
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben MatulinoProp for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie FarahHooker for Panthers is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Panthers is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 James Fisher-Harris
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen2nd Row for Panthers is number 21 Viliame Kikau
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew EisenhuthLock for Panthers is number 19 Kaide Ellis
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob LiddleInterchange for Panthers is number 14 Sione Katoa
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Oliver ClarkInterchange for Panthers is number 17 Tim Grant
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Michael Chee KamInterchange for Panthers is number 18 Jarome Luai
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell