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All the Round 1 team news!

Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire has named five club debutants as part of a 21-man squad to take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in Round 1 this Sunday, March 15.

Joey and Luciano Leilua have both been named to start alongside each other for their first NRL game together, while fellow new recruits Adam Doueihi, Billy Walters and Zane Musgrove have also been included in the extended 21-man squad.

Doueihi will start in the centres with co-captain Moses Mbye ruled out with injury, while Walters has been named at hooker with Musgrove on the bench.

After an impressive 2019 campaign that saw him voted as the Players' Player of the Year, Corey Thompson will start at fullback with David Nofoaluma and Robert Jennings rounding out the back five with spots on the wing.

Press Conference: David Nofoaluma


Young props Josh Aloiai and Alex Twal both earning starting spots, along with Elijah Taylor who will feature at lock, with Thomas Mikaele, Zane Musgrove and Chris Lawrence all named on the bench. With Walters starting at hooker, Josh Reynolds also joins the bench in jersey 15 with Michael Chee Kam, Oliver Clark, Matt Eisenhuth and Paul Momirovski all named as reserves.

Co-captain Benji Marshall will officially lead the side out on Sunday with Mbye unavailable as Wests Tigers look to win their sixth consecutive season opener.

For the Dragons, as expected it is Isaac Luke who starts in place of the injured Cameron McInnes while Trent Merrin has been named on the bench in his return to the club with former Rabbitoh Billy Brittain as the back-up hooker.

Brayden Wiliame has beaten Euan Aitken for a starting centre spot while Josh Kerr (knee) is named on the extended reserves list with Korbin Sims (arm) unavailable.

Both sides will provide an updated 19-man squads at 6:15pm on Saturday before finalising their 17-man team list one hour prior to kickoff (5:15pm, Sunday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Zac Lomax
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 15 Josh Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Issac Luke
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Billy Walters
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Trent Merrin
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Zane Musgrove
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Billy Brittain
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 21 Josh Kerr
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee-Kam