Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire will turn to youth for his side's Round 22 clash against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles this Thursday as they look to bounce back from a last-start defeat against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

With captain Moses Mbye (hip flexor) and Life Member Robbie Farah (tibia) both ruled out of this week's game, Maguire has named 19-year-old rookie Tommy Talau to make his debuts in the centres while Jacob Liddle returns to the side at hooker.

The son of former Bulldogs centre Willie Talau, Tommy will become the 225th player to represent Wests Tigers and the third player to debut under Maguire in 2019.

Benji Marshall will captain Wests Tigers with Mbye unavailable to injury.

After recently inking a new deal with the club until the end of 2021, Liddle's inclusion at hooker is a seamless transition for Wests Tigers with the young rake featuring for the side on nine occasions already this season.

Elijah Taylor has been included on the bench as possible cover for Liddle, with Josh Reynolds — who is also capable of playing the position — named in the reserves.

Wests Tigers centre Tommy Talau will make his first-grade debut this week
Wests Tigers centre Tommy Talau will make his first-grade debut this week

Wests Tigers were forced in to another late change in the lead-up to Thursday's game with Luke Garner's one-game suspension upheld by the Judiciary.

Garner had originally been named in the back row pending his Dangerous Contact - Other charge, but was unsuccessful in getting the charge dropped on Tuesday night and was suspended for Thursday night's clash against the Sea Eagles.

His omission sees Chris Lawrence return to the starting side and Chris McQueen called on to the bench with Josh Reynolds and Sam McIntyre retained in the 19-man squad as reserves by Coach Maguire in the team updated on Wednesday.


For Manly, Coach Des Hasler will also see several changes forced upon him as his side look to bounce back from their defeat to the New Zealand Warriors last week.

Injuries to Brad Parker (knee) and Curtis Sironen (hamstring) see Brendan Elliott and Jack Gosiewski return to the starting side, while halfback Daly Cherry-Evans will play despite doubts around a knee complaint picked up across the Tasman.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brendan Elliot
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David Nofoaluma
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Dylan Walker
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Jack Gosiewski
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Ryan Matterson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Manase Fainu
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Morgan Boyle
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Twal
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Chris McQueen