Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah will become the 39th player in Telstra Premiership history to reach 300 games when his side take on the Newcastle Knights this Friday for their Round 19 clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Farah — who has played every game for Wests Tigers this season — has once again been named in the number nine jersey by Coach Michael Maguire for what will be his 300th NRL game and 274th game for the club, having also played 26 games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2017 and 2018.
The 35-year-old will become just the sixth player to reach the milestone having played for Wests Tigers during their career, joining John Morris and Adam Blair as well as Chris Heighington, Scott Prince and Benji Marshall, who all played alongside Farah in the club’s maiden Premiership in 2005.
Farah’s total of 273 games for Wests Tigers remains the most in club history, while he has also captained the side in more games than any other player with 149.
Friday’s game marks a crucial one for Maguire’s side as they look to remain in the finals hunt, currently sitting just two points outside the top eight.
Press Conference: Robbie Farah
Wests Tigers will welcome back fullback Corey Thompson after he missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, while young prop Oliver Clark also returns to the side for the first time since Round 15. Clark starts up front alongside Josh Aloiai, while Luke Garner and Michael Chee Kam form a new-look back row.
Ryan Matterson shifts to lock with Matt Eisenhuth dropping back to the reserves, while Alex Twal and Chris Lawrence are the new faces on the bench — joining Jacob Liddle and Thomas Mikaele, who has been named after undergoing the appropriate concussion protocols following his knock last week.
Eisenhuth is joined amongst the reserves by young gun centre Tommy Talau — who featured as 18th Man last week — and Josh Reynolds, who is expected to be available for selection this week after being ruled out for the past fortnight.
Having won their past two matches at the venue, Wests Tigers have a good record in Newcastle with seven victories from their last 11 games there.
McDonald Jones Stadium will officially be called Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium as part of the Beanies for Brain Cancer Round this weekend, which seeks to raise much-needed research funds for the disease via the Mark Hughes Foundation.
For the Knights, Coach Nathan Brown has listed an unchanged side from the one that went down to the Sydney Roosters in heavy fashion last weekend.
Both teams will provide an updated 19-man squad list for Friday's game at 6:00pm AEST on Thursday before finalising their sides one hour prior to kickoff.
Match: Knights v Wests Tigers
Round 19 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
1. Corey Thompson
2. Paul Momirovski
3. Moses Mbye (capt.)
4. Esan Marsters
5. David Nofoaluma
6. Benji Marshall
7. Luke Brooks
8. Josh Aloiai
9. Robbie Farah
10. Oliver Clark
11. Luke Garner
12. Michael Chee Kam
13. Ryan Matterson
14. Jacob Liddle
15. Thomas Mikaele
16. Alex Twal
17. Chris Lawrence
18. Matt Eisenhuth
19. Tommy Talau
20. Chris McQueen
21. Josh Reynolds
Coach: Michael Maguire