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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).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Panthers is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 James Maloney
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 21 Viliame Kikau
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Panthers is number 19 Kaide Ellis

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Sione Katoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Oliver Clark
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Tim Grant
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Panthers is number 18 Jarome Luai