Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Jason Taylor has named his Round 18 team to take on the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs this Saturday, July 9 at ANZ Stadium.
With James Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah unavailable due to State of Origin commitments, Taylor has named Jordan Rankin to replace the dynamic James Tedesco, but there are reports coming from the Tigers training session on Wednesday morning that Rankin has rolled his ankle and has been sent for scans.
With Rankin shifting from the wing to fullback, Josh Addo-Carr comes into the side on the flank, while Tim Grant starts in the front row for Aaron Woods.
J Felise, Joel Edwards and Michael Chee-Kam have all been included on an extended bench.
This weekend’s match will also see five-eight Mitchell Moses play his 50th NRL match.
WESTS TIGERS LINE-UP:
1. Jordan Rankin
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Tim Simona
4. Kevin Naiqama
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Tim Grant
9. Dene Halatau (capt.)
10. Sauaso Sue
11. Josh Aloiai
12. Chris Lawrence (capt.)
13. Elijah Taylor
14. JJ Felise
15. Ava Seumanufagai
16. Michael Chee Kam
17. Kyle Lovett
18. Joel Edwards
Coach: Jason Taylor
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs players Tim Browne and Greg Eastwood will both make their return this weekend from injury.
Browne (knee) last played against the Dragons back in Round 14 whilst Eastwood (knee) made his last appearance in blue and white back in Round 12 against the Raiders.
With Josh Jackson and David Klemmer on NSW Origin duties, new recruit Asipeli Fine steps into the back row and Danny Fualalo will start the match at lock forward.
THE business end of the season is fast approaching as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs host the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.
There'll be no shortage of attacking talent on display as the two Sydney clubs duke it out in a classic Saturday night fixture.