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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named a new-look side for his team’s Round 3 clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday (5:30pm AEST).

Wests Tigers local junior Alex Seyfarth has been named to make his first-grade debut off the bench while new recruit Harry Grant will also make his club debut after being named at hooker. Grant will become Wests Tigers Player #231 while Seyfarth will become Wests Tigers Player #232 — the fourth player to make their NRL debut under Maguire at Wests Tigers.

Another local junior in Adam Doueihi will start at fullback with David Nofoaluma and Robert Jennings on the wing, while co-captain Moses Mbye returns from injury to play his first game of the year in the centres alongside new recruit Joseph Leilua.

Luke Brooks returns from a calf injury to partner co-captain Benji Marshall in the halves for the first time this season, with Marshall the only member of the spine to remain from the opening two rounds.

Marshall keen to get fans back in stands

2019 Wests Tigers Rookie of the Year Thomas Mikaele earns his first start of the season after being named at prop with Alex Twal shifting to lock.

Mikaele is replaced on the interchange list by Seyfarth, who joins Billy Walters, Chris Lawrence and Oliver Clark on the bench.

Josh Reynolds, Matt Eisenhuth, Zane Musgrove and Michael Chee Kam have been named amongst the reserves.

For the Sharks, Briton Nikora returns from a shoulder injury and Scott Sorensen shifts to the interchange, with Billy Magoulias dropping to the extended bench.

Matt Moylan could also be a late inclusion after being named in the reserves.

Wests Tigers will provide an updated 19-man team list at 5:30pm AEST on Friday, May 29 before finalising their 17-man side one hour prior to kickoff (4:30pm, Saturday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Sharks is number 16 Toby Rudolf
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Oliver Clark
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Scott Sorensen
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Billy Walters
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Billy Magoulias
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Chris Lawrence
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 19 Matt Moylan
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth