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Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has named his 22-man squad for Friday's Round 22 match against South Sydney Rabbitohs at Scully Park, Tamworth.

There are a couple of changes to the backline with Luke Brooks and Charlie Staines making their long-awaited return from injury.

Brooks replaces Brandon Wakeham in the halves and will make his first appearance since suffering a hamstring injury in Round 15.

Staines will make his return on the wing with Junior Tupou shifting to the centres.  It will be his first game since suffering a perforated bowel against the Sea Eagles in Round 8.

Shawn Blore also returns to the side after straining a quadricep in the warm-up against the Dragons. He replaces Alex Seyfarth (shoulder) on the interchange bench.

John Bateman will make his 50th NRL appearance.

Team List:

1.  Jahream Bula - sponsored by Australian Track Services 

2.  David Nofoaluma - sponsored by Leumeah Shopping Centre 

3.  Starford To'a - sponsored by Murray Kennedy Real Estate 

4.  Junior Tupou - sponsored by APN Compounding 

5.  Charlie Staines - sponsored by The Meat Man 

6.  Daine Laurie - sponsored by Club Menangle 

7.  Luke Brooks - sponsored by Momenta Advisors 

8.  Stefano Utoikamanu - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

9.  Apisai Koroisau (c) - sponsored by Exclusive Estate Agents 

10.  David Klemmer - sponsored by Brae Group 

11.  Isaiah Papali'i - sponsored by Spectrum Pools & Spas 

12.  John Bateman - sponsored by Kwikflo 

13.  Fonue Pole - sponsored by Ultra Building Works 


14. Will Smith - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

15.  Shawn Blore - sponsored by Mater Dei on behalf of The Kirk Family 

16.  Alex Twal - sponsored by LC Wealth 

17.  Aitasi James - sponsored by Xpertise Construction


18.  Justin Matamua - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

19.  Asu Kepaoa - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

20.  Jake Simpkin - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

21.  Tommy Talau - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

22.  Tallyn Da Silva - sponsored by Wests Tigers Foundation

Coach: Tim Sheens - sponsored by Pepper Money

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Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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