Wests Tigers Life Members Chris Lawrence and Benji Marshall have both been named to start in their final game for the club this Saturday against the Parramatta Eels.
Having confirmed his retirement at season’s end, Lawrence will play his 253rd and final game for Wests Tigers while Marshall will bring up his 257th Wests Tigers appearance, with the pair trailing only Robbie Farah (277 games) in games played for the club.
With co-captain Moses Mbye sidelined following knee surgery, Marshall has been named as sole captain and will start in the halves alongside Luke Brooks, who returns from a one-game suspension.
Brooks is one of several new faces in the side named to face Parramatta with Alex Twal, Shawn Blore, Michael Chee Kam and Tommy Talau all returning to the squad.
Talau will start in the centres in place of Joey Leilua, who drops back to the reserves, while Twal returns from an illness that ruled him out of last week’s game against Melbourne. Chee Kam and Blore return to the side after extended absences from the squad — Chee Kam set for his first game since Round 11 while Blore has not played since Round 16 — with the pair taking the place of Russell Packer (concussion) and Sam McIntyre (concussion).
Zane Musgrove will also start his first game since Round 6 as he replaces the injured Josh Aloiai (knee).
Aloiai monsters his way through the middle
Saturday’s game will also see Wests Tigers local junior Adam Doueihi will also bring up his 50th NRL appearance, having not missed a game for the club in 2020.
Doueihi is joined by Samoan internationals David Nofoaluma and Luciano Leilua as the only players to feature in every game for Wests Tigers this year.
For the visitors, Coach Brad Arthur has named a near-identical team to the one that got the job done last week against Brisbane. Junior Paulo and Shaun Lane revert back to their regular starting positions while Kane Evans and Andrew Davey drop back to the bench in the only changes to the side.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy TalauCentre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Chris LawrenceCentre for Eels is number 19 Brad Takairangi
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu KepaoaWinger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji MarshallFive-Eighth for Eels is number 14 Will Smith
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Zane MusgroveProp for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas MikaeleProp for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Eels is number 15 Andrew Davey
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex TwalLock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew EisenhuthInterchange for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah TaylorInterchange for Eels is number 17 Oregon Kaufusi
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Shawn BloreInterchange for Eels is number 20 George Jennings
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-KamInterchange for Eels is number 21 Daniel Alvaro
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy