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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire will welcome back Harry Grant for his side’s clash against the top-of-the-table Penrith Panthers this Saturday.

Grant has not played since suffering a knee injury against the New Zealand Warriors in Round 12, but has been named to start in the number nine jersey for the Round 16 clash. Grant’s return sees Jacob Liddle — who himself only recently returned from a long-term injury — drop back to the bench alongside Matt Eisenhuth, Elijah Taylor and Shawn Blore.

Blore is another new face in the squad this week, with Thomas Mikaele and Alex Twal both promoted to the run-on side after successful comebacks from injury last weekend.

Grant’s return to the squad sees Josh Reynolds drop back to the reserves alongside Chris Lawrence, Asu Kepaoa and Sam McIntyre, who returns to the 21-man squad in place of Russell Packer.

For the Panthers, Viliame Kikau's suspension sees Moses Leota start at prop with James Fisher-Harris moving to lock and Isaah Yeo to an edge.

Billy Burns comes on the bench with Mitch Kenny at dummy half — replacing the injured Apisai Koroisau — while Brian To'o returns from an ankle injury. His return sees Brent Naden shift to centre, Tyrone May to the bench and Daine Laurie to the reserves.

Both teams will provide updated 19-man team lists at 7:35pm on Friday, before finalising their side one hour prior to kickoff (6:35pm, Saturday).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Brent Naden
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Panthers is number 13 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Panthers is number 11 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 10 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Jacob Liddle
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Billy Burns
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Shawn Blore
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Sam McIntyre