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In a daily series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2020, looks at the Wests Tigers. says: Tommy Talau will push for a starting centre spot sooner rather than later. Moses Mbye has been spending time at hooker given Jacob Liddle's injury and question marks over Josh Reynolds' immediate future. Young Queensland recruit Jake Simpkin is also an option if promoted to the top 30 roster.

Former Dragon Luciano Leilua is in the frame for a starting edge spot but the club has plenty of forwards in every position pushing each other through pre-season.

Jamie Soward says: I've got Talau to start at centre with Mbye to hooker and Reynolds on the bench. I like the look of young Jake Simpkin at hooker but they've have to upgrade him from his development contract to play him before June 30.

Ollie Clark starts at prop so Aloiai and Twal can come off the bench together. Elijah Taylor keeps the starting lock spot because he's important as a link man. I don't have Leilua in my 17 for round one – he needs to improve his fitness and prove he wants to be in first grade.