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Wests Tigers name rep players in side to take on Souths on Thursday

Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire has named all of the club’s representative players for the clash with South Sydney this Thursday night at Parramatta.

With eight players in action throughout the representative round weekend – including Benji Marshall for New Zealand after a seven year absence from national team duty – Wests Tigers have been boosted by their inclusion as they strive to build on their golden point victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 14.

Benji of course kicked that wobbly field goal for a much needed win.

Benji Marshall celebrating after kicking the field goal that won the match for the Wests Tigers 27-26 against the Cowboys in Townsville.

Captain Moses Mbye will feature at centre on Thursday after overcoming an allergic reaction while away on State of Origin duties, with Corey Thompson named at fullback.

Thompson will remain with Wests Tigers until the end of 2021 after signing a new two-year deal with the club.

Since joining Wests Tigers at the start of the 2018 season, Thompson has been a standout performer with 14 tries in his 33 appearances so far.

  “It feels great to re-sign with the club and I can’t wait to be here for another two years,” Thompson said.

 “I don’t want to go anywhere – I love playing at the Wests Tigers and to have my future sorted for another two years is really great for me.

 “Now that my contract is sorted, I’m just concentrating on playing consistent first-grade and playing good footy for the club and help take Wests Tigers to the finals.”

Esan Marsters, Benji Marshall, David Nofoaluma and Robbie Farah have all been named after their respective international commitments, with the only  change to the side to take on Souths that of Josh Aloiai, who moves to the run-on side in place of Ben Matulino.

His omission sees Elijah Taylor add some extra experience to the bench, with the forward returning for his first NRL game since Round 8 – rounding out the interchange list with Jacob Liddle, Thomas Mikaele and Michael Chee Kam.

After making a successful return from injury in Round 14 via Canterbury Cup, Josh Reynolds has been named in the reserves in jersey 20, with Paul Momirovski, Chris McQueen and Oliver Clark also named as part of the initial 21-man squad.

The team is:

1 Corey Thompson

2 Robert Jennings

3 Moses Mbye

4 Esan Marsters

5 David Nofoaluma

 6 Benji Marshall

 7 Luke Brooks

8 Josh Aloiai

9 Robbie Farah

10 Alex Twal

11Ryan Matterson

12 Chris Lawrence

13 Matthew Eisenhuth

INTERCHANGE

14 Jacob Liddle

15 Thomas Mikaele

16 Elijah Taylor

17 Michael Chee-Kam

RESERVES

18 Paul Momirovski

19 Chris McQueen

20 Josh Reynolds

21 Oliver Clark

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