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Adam Doueihi returns from the bench for Wests Tigers

Adam Doueihi is coming back, while Luciano Leilua is leaving the Wests Tigers.

The club have granted Leilua an early release from his playing contract, effective immediately.

Leilua signed a three-year deal in November last year to join North Queensland Cowboys for 2023 and beyond.

He will now join the Cowboys for the remainder of this season.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe says Leilua has made a valuable contribution to the club.

“We wish Luciano the very best with his future. He and his family have made a lot of friends here at the Wests Tigers and they will be missed,” Pascoe said.

In the meantime interim coach Brett kimmorely has named the team for Sunday’s Round 15 clash against Canterbury Bulldogs at Parramatta.

The big talking point is the return of Adam Doueihi, who has been named on the bench wearing jumper number 16.

It will be interesting to see where Kimmorely will slot the man who was earmarked as a five-eighth last season under the previous coach.

Our guess is Luke Brooks will go into the hooking spot and Doueihi will partner Jackson Hastings in the halves.

There are a handful of other changes to the side that lost to the Sea Eagles 30-4 at Campbelltown on Sunday.

Asu Kepaoa comes straight into the centres replacing Brent Naden (suspended).
Kelma Tuilagi moves into the second row replacing Luciano Leilua.

 The team named is:

1. Daine Laurie
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Starford To’a
4. AJ Kepaoa
5. Ken Maumalo
6. Luke Brooks
7. Jackson Hastings
8. James Tamou 
9.  Jacob Liddle
10. Zane Musgrove
11. Luke Garner
12. Kelma Tuilagi
13. Joe Ofahengaue
14. Fa’amanu Brown
15. Alex Twal
16. Adam Doueihi
17. Alex Seyfarth

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