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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named his side to take on the New Zealand Warriors for Friday's clash at Suncorp Stadium.

After a back-and-forth contest ended in defeat against the Sea Eagles last week, Maguire has made several changes for this week’s game against the 14th-placed Warriors.

With Luke Garner (ankle) ruled out for an extended period of time, Shawn Blore will earn the first start of his career after he was named in the back row.

Michael Chee Kam also joins the bench this week with Moses Mbye shifting to centre in place of Junior Pauga, while Alex Twal returns from a shoulder knock to take the place of Alex Seyfarth (knee) on the bench.

A shoulder injury to Thomas Mikaele sees Joe Ofahengaue returning to the lock forward role, with Tom Amone joining the interchange bench.

Development player Kelma Tuilagi has been named as part of the reserves, with Jock Madden, Zac Cini and Jake Simpkin rounding out the 21-man squad.

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The Warriors, meanwhile, will field a vastly different side as they battle injuries, suspension and the return of key players to New Zealand.

Peta Hiku returns from injury and starts at five-eighth with Kodi Nikorima on the bench, while Sean O'Sullivan starts for the injured Chad Townsend. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown returns from his loan deal with the Dragons — replacing Addin Fonua-Blake (finger) — while Ben Murdoch-Masila starts for Matt Lodge (suspension).

Jazz Tevaga and Kane Evans have been named the bench, Jack Murchie (concussion) misses out while Eliesa Katoa (concussion) is in some doubt after failing his assessment last week against South Sydney. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Warriors is number 18 Viliami Vailea
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Peta Hiku
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Taniela Otukolo
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 14 Alex Twal
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 4 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
    Lock for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Tom Amone
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kodi Nikorima
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tukimihia Simpkins
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee Kam
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Kane Evans
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Kelma Tuilagi
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jazz Tevaga

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 20 Zac Cini
    Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Pride Petterson-Robati

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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