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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named his 21-man squad for Saturday’s clash against the North Queensland Cowboys with several new faces included in the team.

After not featuring in Round 5, Luke Garner and Robert Jennings both return to the starting side for Round 6 — Garner called in to the team in place of Chris Lawrence while Jennings returns for Tommy Talau, who picked up a minor hamstring injury last week.

In a boost for the side, Samoan international Luciano Leilua has been named despite being forced off last week with an ankle injury, while Matt Eisenhuth joins the bench in place of Russell Packer, who is suspended until Round 8.

Rookie forward Sam McIntyre has been included on the bench in jersey 16, while fellow rookie Reece Hoffman is also included in the squad in jersey 21. Hoffman joins Lawrence, Benji Marshall and Billy Walters as reserves named as part of the extended 21-man squad, which will be reduced to 19 players at 5:30pm, Friday.

A tribute to Arthur Summons


North Queensland will also have a new-look side for Saturday's game with Valentine Holmes and Jordan McLean both joining Michael Morgan and John Asiata in the casualty ward. McLean's injury sees Jason Taumalolo captain the side for the first time with Francis Molo called in to the run-on side.

Peter Hola will make his first appearance of 2020 — joining Ben Hampton, Corey Jensen and Gavin Cooper on the interchange — while former Wests Tigers U/20's player Connelly Lemuelu will make his first-grade debut on the wing.

Wests Tigers have won five of their past six games against the North Queensland Cowboys with Saturday’s fixture the only game between the two sides in 2020.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Connelly Lemuelu
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Josh McGuire
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Mitchell Dunn
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Ben Hampton
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Corey Jensen
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Peter Hola
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Gavin Cooper