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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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris Lawrence
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 George Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy Walters
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke Brooks
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Shawn Blore
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Lachlan Burr