James Tamou named Wests Tigers captain

Mbye gained’t be a part of a five-man management group on the Tigers this yr with Maguire anticipated to call three native juniors in Adam Doueihi, Luke Brooks and David Nofoaluma alongside Alex Twal, who will all assist fill the void when Tamou is off the sphere.

Nofoaluma rejected big provides from NRL rivals over summer season decide to the Tigers past 2021.

Maguire’s transfer is an enormous present of religion in 32-year-old Tamou, who solely signed a two-year deal to hitch the Tigers on the eve of final yr’s finals collection.

The enforcer was an enormous think about Penrith’s success final yr, however the membership struggled to search out wage cap house to increase his keep on the foot of the mountains. Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has appointed son Nathan and Isaah Yeo as co-captains this season.

Offered he avoids any critical accidents, Tamou is on observe to notch 300 NRL video games earlier than he finishes his contract at Harmony.


The prop has already performed for each his state and nation and has an NRL title on his resume with North Queensland in 2015.

Tamou is considered one of quite a few skilled Tigers recruits, together with Brisbane prop Joe Ofahengaue and South Sydney speedster James Roberts.

Younger weapons Stefano Utoikamanu and Daine Laurie have additionally joined the three way partnership, the latter ending simply his first week of pre-season with the membership after being a part of a player swap with Paul Momirovski.

Tamou’s first competitors recreation answerable for the Tigers will probably be a visit to Canberra to tackle the Raiders on March 14.