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Injury merry-go-round: Benji’s in, Josh is out

Benji’s back as the injury merry-go-round between Marshall and Josh Reynolds takes another turn.

Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire will welcome back five-eighth Benji Marshall for Saturday’s round 8 away match against the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Marshall has not played for the club since picking up a hamstring injury in round 3, but has been named to return in the number six jersey in place of Josh Reynolds, who picked up a knee injury last week during the morale boosting 30-14 victory over Gold Coast Titans in Scully Park, Tamworth.

Reynolds played in the place of Marshall since round four, but now the roles have been reversed once again.

Reynolds is expected to miss the next few weeks with an MCL injury.

Marshall will start alongside Luke Brooks in the halves in the only change to this week’s run-on side, which also sees former Queensland State of Origin backrower Chris McQueen start again in the back row following a strong performance last week.

Benji’s back for the Roosters clash this Saturday night.

After sitting out last week’s game due to the necessary concussion protocols, Luke Garner is also a welcome return for Wests Tigers with the forward included on the bench in jersey 17.

Having played for the club’s Canterbury Cup side over the past fortnight, hooker Jacob Liddle and winger David Nofoaluma have been named amongst the reserves for Saturday’s game, along with Paul Momirovski and Russell Packer.

The match is scheduled to kick off from 7.30pm.

Both Momirovski and Packer travelled with the squad to Tamworth but did not feature last week – Packer listed as 18th man while Momirovski was an unused interchange on the bench.

Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters

1. Moses Mbye (captain)

2. Mahe Fonua

3. Robert Jennings

4. Esan Marsters

5. Corey Thompson

6. Benji Marshall

7. Luke Brooks

8. Ben Matulino

9. Robbie Farah

10. Alex Twal

11. Ryan Matterson

12. Chris McQueen

13. Josh Aloiai


14. Elijah Taylor

15. Thomas Mikaele

16. Matt Eisenhuth

17. Luke Garner


18. Paul Momirovski

19. Jacob Liddle

20. David Nofoaluma

21. Russell Packer

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