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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire is set to welcome back James Roberts for Sunday’s Round 3 clash against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Roberts missed last week’s loss to the Sydney Roosters with a minor injury but has been named to return to the side in place of Joey Leilua, who has been named among the reserves in jersey 19.

Representative forward Zane Musgrove will also return this week in a boost for the side after missing the opening two games with a suspension picked up in the 2021 NRL All Stars match. He will start up front alongside captain James Tamou with Joe Ofahengaue dropping back to the bench in place of Michael Chee Kam.

Russell Packer and Alex Seyfarth join Chee Kam and Leilua as the other players named among the reserves to round out the 21-man squad.

For the Knights, five-eighth Kurt Mann (knee) makes a swift return after his late withdrawal from the side to play the Warriors.

His replacement in Phoenix Crossland was suspended for a crusher tackle so uncapped playmaker Nathanael Sasagi has been named in the reserves.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Knights is number 32 Dominic Young
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 James Roberts
  • Winger for Knights is number 18 Gehamat Shibasaki
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Zane Musgrove
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 James Tamou
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Knights is number 14 Sauaso Sue
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 13 Connor Watson
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Josh King
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Moses Mbye

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Chris Butler
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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