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Luke Brooks is set to become the first halfback in Wests Tigers history to reach 150 games for the club after Coach Michael Maguire named his 21-man squad for this Sunday’s Round 2 clash against the Sydney Roosters.

Having played 149 first-grade games for the club since his debut in 2013, the local junior Brooks will bring up the milestone in front of the club’s home fans for the first time this season with Wests Tigers welcoming the ladder-leading Roosters to Campbelltown Sports Stadium for the first time since 2017.

Brooks will join fellow local junior Adam Doueihi in the halves for the first time this year after the five-eighth watched last Sunday’s season opener from the sidelines due to a suspension carrying over from 2020.

Doueihi’s return to the side sees the versatile Moses Mbye shift to the interchange bench in jersey 14, with Russell Packer dropping to the reserves alongside Alex Seyfarth, Michael Chee Kam and Jock Madden.

Wests Tigers local juniors Luke Brooks and Adam Doueihi
Wests Tigers local juniors Luke Brooks and Adam Doueihi ©Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers are otherwise unchanged from their last-start defeat to Canberra which saw five players — Daine Laurie, James Roberts, James Tamou, Joe Ofahengaue and Stefano Utoikamanu — make their club debuts. Sunday’s game will also be Tamou’s first time captaining Wests Tigers in a home NRL fixture.

For the visitors, Back-rower Angus Crichton has accepted a one-match ban for a crusher tackle with his absence seeing Nat Butcher promoted to the starting side and debutant Fletcher Baker winning a bench spot alongside Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Daniel Suluka-Fifita.

Hooker Jake Friend suffered a concussion early in the second half against Manly and has been replaced by Freddy Lussick. Bench playmaker Adam Keighran (dislocated wrist) is sidelined with Drew Hutchison taking his spot.

Highly-rated youngster Sam Walker has been named among the reserves.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 17 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan Lam
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Lindsay Collins
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Freddy Lussick
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Joe Ofahengaue
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Nat Butcher
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Moses Mbye
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Drew Hutchison
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Fletcher Baker
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Michael Chee Kam
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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