Wests Tigers

Last updated: 10 March, 2017

Wests TigersWith the merging of foundation clubs the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies, the Wests Tigers were admitted to the NRL in 2000. It took only five seasons for the newly established Tigers outfit to register its first premiership in 2005, although they have appeared in the finals just three times in total.

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2016 was a tumultous year off the field for the Tigers, with the club suffering a messy divorce with long-time superstar Robbie Farah. On the field, Wests were behind the eight-ball after an early six-game losing streak, and although they were able to finish the season strong, they ended up in 9th place – just outside the finals.

Senior coach: Jason Taylor
Captain: Aaron Woods
2016 finish: 9th
Premierships: 2005

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2017 Team List
Josh Aloiai, Matt Ballin, Luke Brooks, Michael Chee-Kam, Joel Edwards, JJ Felise, Tim Grant, Justin Hunt, Jamal Idris, Chris Lawrence, Jacob Liddle, Jack Littlejohn, Kyle Lovett, Esan Marsters, Matt McIlwrick, Mitchell Moses, Kevin Naiqama, David Nofoaluma, Jordan Rankin, Ava Seumanufagai, Tim Simona, Sauaso Sue, Moses Suli, Elijah Taylor, James Tedesco, Aaron Woods

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Wests Tigers Articles

It helps to be likeable when you’re an NRL coach

It helps to be likeable when you’re an NRL coach

by , 28 Apr 2017

The much maligned Wests Tigers management group made the best recruitment decision in the club’s short history when they handed the clipboard to Ivan Cleary.

Being a Tigers fan makes no sense, and that’s perfectly fine

Being a Tigers fan makes no sense, and that’s perfectly fine

by , 28 Apr 2017

Now is the autumn of our discontent. Spirited victory over the Bulldogs notwithstanding, Tiger Town has a gloomy feel to it at the minute.

Elias hails Reynolds as man to lead Tigers

Elias hails Reynolds as man to lead Tigers

by , 27 Apr 2017

Balmain great Benny Elias has anointed Josh Reynolds the man to lead the Wests Tigers out of their darkest hour, hailing his passion as the key to their looming rebuild.

Wests Tigers shouldn’t be in the NRL

Wests Tigers shouldn’t be in the NRL

by , 27 Apr 2017

Wests Tigers are enjoying some positive media coverage for the first time in years with the signing of quality Bulldog half Josh Reynolds, and teak-tough Warriors prop Ben Matulino.

Reynolds reportedly confirms Wests Tigers move

Reynolds reportedly confirms Wests Tigers move

by , 26 Apr 2017

Fan favourite Josh Reynolds is set to leave Canterbury and join new coach Ivan Cleary’s reshaping of NRL neighbours Wests Tigers.

Aaron Woods could be set to confirm future this week

Aaron Woods could be set to confirm future this week

by , 26 Apr 2017

Departing Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods is set to reveal if he’s to join NRL rivals Canterbury by the end of the week.

The NRL deserves better than the Wests Tigers

The NRL deserves better than the Wests Tigers

by , 26 Apr 2017 Popular article!

A lot has been said and written about the Wests Tigers over the last few weeks, and up until their brave and impressive victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday, very little of it had been positive.

Tigers sign Matulino as Woods replacement

Tigers sign Matulino as Woods replacement

by , 26 Apr 2017

The Wests Tigers have moved quickly to cover the loss of skipper Aaron Woods, signing Warriors prop Ben Matulino to a three-year NRL deal.

We must revamp rugby league’s junior system. Here’s how to do it

We must revamp rugby league’s junior system. Here’s how to do it

by , 25 Apr 2017

There was a touch of irony in Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe calling for compensation, including transfer fees, for NRL clubs that develop junior players when their home-grown talent is poached by rival teams.

Why I would never divorce my football team

Why I would never divorce my football team

by , 25 Apr 2017

When I was 17 years old, I bought a copy of Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. The book was recommended to me by a friend who said it was written for “people like me”.


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