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Paul Momirovski

In a series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2021, NRL.com looks at the Wests Tigers.

NRL.com says: Billy Walters won't be back from his knee reconstruction to start the year.

New recruit James Roberts is set to partner Joey Leilua in the centres, Moses Mbye is likely to start in either the No.1 or No.6 jersey, with Adam Doueihi to take the other from round two once he returns from suspension.

The returning Paul Momirovski may have to step in at the back for one game to start the season. Young gun Shawn Blore is pushing the likes of Luke Garner and Michael Chee-Kam for a starting back-row spot.

High-profile recruits in former Panthers skipper James Tamou and former Maroons prop Joe Ofahengaue are likely to form a new front-row pairing but freshly re-signed prop Zane Musgrove or veteran Russell Packer could take one of those spots, or one of the bench spots from Tom Mikaele or highly rated former Eel Stefano Utoikamanu.

Jamie Soward says: Their question marks are around the No.1 and No. 6, which has been the case for a while. Luke Brooks, with no Benji, this has to be his year. If he's going to take the next step, can he do it this year and be the main guy from the start of the year?

It looks like Doueihi will be in the halves with him once he's back but is Mbye the answer at fullback, and what does that system look like in attack? And can Liddle stay fit at hooker?

Ofahengaue and Tamou are big ins and a boost in terms of experience but after that it drops off.

They do have some explosive talent in the backline with Roberts and Leilua in the centres and some great finishers in Nofa and Talau on the wings.

No one will rate them this year and with all the question marks around fullback and five-eighth in particular it's too much for me. I'm not investing in the Tigers because they're not settled and haven't been for a while.