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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has made several changes to his 21-man squad ahead of Sunday’s Round 8 clash against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons.

After a disappointing ANZAC Day result against the Sea Eagles, Maguire will welcome back Joey Leilua to the side after the Samoan international’s strong performance in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition in Round 7.

Leilua last played in Round 5 before suffering a head knock against the Cowboys that saw him sidelined for the following week, but will return to the team this week in place of Michael Chee Kam.

Luke Garner also returns to the starting side after coming off the bench in the past fortnight. His inclusion in the back row sees Joe Ofahengaue shift to lock and Alex Twal to the front row, with young forward Stefano Utoikamanu dropping back to the bench alongside Moses Mbye, Alex Seyfarth and Thomas Mikaele.

Mikaele’s inclusion comes after his strong performance for reserve-grade on Sunday, where he scored the opening try and ran for 171 metres.

Chee Kam, Zane Musgrove, Tom Amone and Jacob Liddle are the four players included amongst the reserves with an updated 19-man squad to be provided at 4:05pm on Saturday.

Sunday’s clash will mark the second time in as many years that Wests Tigers have faced the Dragons at WIN Stadium, having claimed a 24-14 win when they last met in Round 1 of the 2020 season.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Cody Ramsey
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Max Feagai
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 24 Zac Cini
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Dragons is number 15 Josh McGuire
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 13 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Moses Mbye
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Billy Burns
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Kaide Ellis
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele

Reserves

  • Reserve for Dragons is number 21 Junior Amone
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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