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Benji Marshall will captain Wests Tigers in what will be his 299th NRL appearance this Friday as his side take on the Sydney Roosters for their Round 16 home game at Bankwest Stadium.

With regular skipper Moses Mbye unavailable due to State of Origin commitments for Queensland, Marshall will assume the captaincy once more as Wests Tigers look to secure their third consecutive victory when they face the defending premiers.

In a boost for the side, Samoan international Josh Aloiai returns from illness to start at prop in place of Ben Matulino (knee) while Paul Momirovski also returns to the side for the first time since Round 11 as he replaces Mbye in the centres.

Ryan Matterson has been named to start in the back row against his former club, having not been named as part of the Blues extended squad for Game Three.

Michael Maguire has named an unchanged bench following last week's victory with Oliver Clark dropping back to the reserves, where he has been named as part of an extended squad with Josh Reynolds, Chris McQueen and Russell Packer.

Packer's return is another boost for Wests Tigers, with the experienced prop included in the squad for the first time since Round 10 when he sustained a foot injury playing for the club's Canterbury Cup side Western Suburbs Magpies.

Be there at Bankwest Stadium!


In addition to Marshall's pending milestone, hooker and fellow Life Member Robbie Farah (296 games) is also closing in on the elusive 300-game club while Matt Eisenhuth (46 games for Wests Tigers) and Alex Twal (44 games for Wests Tigers) are also on track to tick off minor milestones for the club in the next few weeks.

For the Roosters, Coach Trent Robinson will be without James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner due to State of Origin commitments, while Sio Siua Taukeiaho also is ruled out with injury. Luke Keary returns from concussion to push Latrell Mitchell back to centre while Ryan Hall and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also return to the side.

Their inclusions see Matt Ikuvalu drop back to the bench with Isaac Liu moving to lock and Nat Butcher to second row. Lachlan Lam has been listed amongst the reserves with Sitili Tupouniua returning on the bench after an illness last week.

Both sides will provide an updated 19-man team for Friday's game at 7:55pm AEST on Thursday before finalising their sides one hour before kickoff (6:55pm, Friday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Brett Morris
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Ryan Hall
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Zane Tetevano
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Nat Butcher
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Angus Crichton
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Roosters is number 21 Sam Verrills