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In a daily series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2020, NRL.com looks at the Wests Tigers.

NRL.com says: Tommy Talau will push for a starting centre spot sooner rather than later. Moses Mbye could play centre or fullback, or even hooker depending how recent off-field issues concerning Josh Reynolds progress. Young Queensland recruit Jake Simpkin is also an option if promoted to the top 30 roster.

Former Dragon Luciano Leilua is in the frame for a starting edge spot but the club has plenty of forwards in every position pushing each other through pre-season.

Jamie Soward says: I've got Talau to start at centre with Mbye to hooker and Reynolds on the bench. I like the look of young Jake Simpkin at hooker but they've have to upgrade him from his development contract to play him before June 30.

Ollie Clark starts at prop so Aloiai and Twal can come off the bench together. Elijah Taylor keeps the starting lock spot because he's important as a link man. I don't have Leilua in my 17 for round one – he needs to improve his fitness and prove he wants to be in first grade.

NRL.com's predicted Wests Tigers round 1 team

  1. Corey Thompson
  2. David Nofoaluma
  3. Paul Momirovski
  4. Moses Mbye
  5. Robert Jennings
  6. Benji Marshall
  7. Luke Brooks
  8. Alex Twal
  9. Josh Reynolds
  10. Thomas Mikaele
  11. Michael Chee-Kam
  12. Luke Garner
  13. Matt Eisenhuth

  14. Josh Aloiai
  15. Chris Lawrence
  16. Elijah Taylor
  17. Luciano Leilua

Others: Oliver Clark, Jacob Liddle, Sam McIntyre, Chris McQueen, Russell Packer, Alex Seyfarth, Dylan Smith, Tommy Talau, Billy Walters