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Manly’s X-factor ready to rumble

The man described as Manly’s X-factor is set to return to NRL football this weekend after 344 days on the sidelines.

Brett Stewart, who is on the comeback from consecutive season-ending knee injuries, was named in Manly’s 24-man squad to take on New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday night.

It will be the electrifying fullback’s first match since round one last season, when he suffered a knee injury while making a try-saving tackle on Wests Tigers’ winger Lote Tuqiri.

The news was met with excitement by Stewart’s team-mates who have missed the former Australian representative’s try-scoring prowess for all but six games in the past two seasons. Continue reading

Wests Tigers Head Coach Tim Sheens has named his team to play Sydney Roosters in the annual Foundation Cup clash at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday, February 26.

The match will see the long awaited return of utility Tim Moltzen who missed the majority of last season after undergoing a knee reconstruction. Moltzen has overcome an ankle injury that saw him miss last week’s trial against Parramatta.   Wests Tigers will be looking to win the Foundation Cup for the first time since 2007. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Winger Matt Utai has been signed to a one-year second tier contract for 2011.

Team: Wade McKinnon, Lote Tuqiri, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Matt Utai, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (C), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Simon Dwyer, Chris Heighington

Interchange: Aaron Woods, Tim Moltzen, Sean Meaney, Alan Schirnack,  Andrew Fifita

In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.

Marshalling the positions

This website may seem a little Tigers heavy at the moment, but they do have a couple of cheaper options available this year with no clear indication of who is starting where yet, so in the interest of keeping those who have them in their squad informed – Benji Marshall ($256,200 HLV) has thrown his considerable weight behind who he thinks should go where, but at the end of the day Coach Sheens, hopefully, is the decision maker. “Robbie’s been going pretty good – we’ve trained since January with me and Robbie in the halves,” Marshall said. “I’m sure He (Lui) will hold his own, he’s one of the most talented kids I’ve seen, he just needs a bit of time.” Coach Sheens though is apprehensive of starting Lui before his time “Robert Lui ($144,800 HLV) has a future at seven if he really wants to take it as he has terrific talent, but he has a long way to go, he is 19.” Sheens said “But I am going to blood him slowly this season and the trial is a good start.” Sheens suggested Tim Moltzen ($124,200 FLB/HLV) could see plenty of time at No.7 this year with Lote Tuqiri ($148,00 CTW) looking set to be his preferred selection for fullback, a role which Marshall believes is better suited to Moltzen. When questioned where that would leave Tuqiri “Taniela (Tuiaki is) going to be out for a while on the wing, so I thing Lote will probably slip in on the wing for a bit.” See …… clear as mud now !!

Tuqiri could make Round 1

West Tigers have asked Lote Tuqiri’s ($148,000 CTW) UK Rugby Union team for an early release to allow him to play in the season opener of the Telstra Cup. Currently playing for Leicester his contract does not expire until the end of March, even though the season runs until the end of May. “We’ve had some dialogue with them about the possibility of them releasing him a bit earlier but the ball’s really in their court because he’s their player until the end of March,” Humphreys told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m expecting to hear back from them about the possibility of an early release this week.” Tuqiri is reportedly very keen to start the next phase in his career following his sacking by the Australian Rugby Union last year. At Tuesday’s naming of the teams for this weekend’s Foundation Cup trial against the Sydney Roosters, Tigers coach Tim Sheens said Tuqiri was most likely to play fullback in 2010.