Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire will welcome back several players from injury for Friday’s Round 12 clash against the New Zealand Warriors.
After a close loss to Parramatta in Round 11, Wests Tigers have been boosted by the return of Alex Twal (knee), Thomas Mikaele (knee) and Luke Garner (concussion) for Friday’s game, while Robert Jennings (hamstring) and Josh Reynolds (suspension) are also eligible for selection and have been named in the reserves.
Twal starts for his first game in over a month in place of Russell Packer — who is suspended for Round 12 — while Garner returns for Michael Chee Kam.
The Samoan international has not been named as he continues the necessary protocols from a serious head knock suffered last week, but is steadily improving and recovering well.
Shawn Blore retains his spot on the bench after an impressive debut in Round 11, with Chris McQueen and Alex Seyfarth joining Reynolds and Jennings in the reserves.
For the visitors, on loan duo George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro will both play in their club debut for the Warriors with David Fusitu’a, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and King Vuniyayawa all returning home to New Zealand.
Wayde Egan returns from a hip injury to take the place of Chanel Harris-Tavita (forearm) while Patrick Herbert returns to the side on the wing.
Friday’s game will be Wests Tigers’ first home game at the Sydney Cricket Ground — home of the Gadigal people — since 2013.
Wests Tigers have also won five of their past six games against the Warriors, including the last four played between the two sides in Australia.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris LawrenceCentre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy TalauWinger for Warriors is number 5 George Jennings
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy WaltersFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji MarshallHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver ClarkProp for Warriors is number 10 Jack Hetherington
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex TwalLock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyreInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke BrooksInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Shawn BloreInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Lachlan Burr
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy