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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has made several changes for his side’s Round 18 clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday.

After having the bye in Round 17, Maguire has named a new-look side for this week’s clash with two debutants to feature — Junior Pauga named to start at centre while Tuki Simpkins will join the bench.

Pauga and Simpkins will become the 247th and 248th players respectively to feature for Wests Tigers.

With Pauga included in the side, Adam Doueihi shifts back to five-eighth with Moses Mbye reverting to the bench, where he joins three forwards in Simpkins, Alex Twal and Joe Ofahengaue. Thomas Mikaele has been named at lock for the first time in his career while Stefano Utoikamanu starts in the front row after featuring as 20th Man for the New South Wales Origin squad.

Michael Chee Kam, Tommy Talau, Alex Seyfarth and Shawn Blore round out the 21-man squad as reserves.

For the Broncos, Origin representatives Payne Haas, Xavier Coates and Thomas Flegler have been named to back up from Origin III on Wednesday night.

Kobe Hetherington has retained the No.13 jersey after getting a late chance to start in Round 16 while Cory Paix and Flegler come on to the interchange with centre Jesse Arthars Ethan Bullemor dropping to the reserves.

Wests Tigers players and staff will travel to Brisbane on Wednesday as the club joins 11 other sides in relocating to South East Queensland due to the ongoing COVID situation.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Junior Pauga
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tommy Talau
  • Winger for Broncos is number 21 Jamayne Isaako
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Tyson Gamble
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Rhys Kennedy
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 James Tamou
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 TC Robati
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Kobe Hetherington
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Thomas Mikaele

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Thomas Flegler
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Keenan Palasia
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Alex Twal
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Jordan Riki
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tukimihia Simpkins
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 19 Jesse Arthars
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Moses Mbye

Reserves

  • Reserve for Broncos is number 18 Ethan Bullemor
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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