Move made official as a Tiger makes the shift to Belmore

Aaron Woods

Once upon a time, Wests Tigers would have never believed that Aaron Woods would leave the club but fast forward to the present and that day has arisen, as the hulking prop signs a four-year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The deal will see Woods at the Bulldogs until the end of the 2021 season in what is a welcome addition to the Bulldogs pack in light of potential departures.

Dally M Prop of the Year in 2015, Woods has played for both Australia and New South Wales as the club is excited to have him on board from the 2018 season.

“Aaron is an outstanding footballer who has played at the highest level and is someone who will bring both experience and leadership to the Bulldogs,” said CEO Raelene Castle.

“Equally, he is a quality human being and somehow who I know will fit into the culture of a club with strong family values.

“We wish him all the best for the rest of the season with the Tigers and look forward to him joining us at the end of the season.”

Equally pleased is coach Des Hasler, who used the Woods signing as a major drawcard in his bid to remain coach of the club.

“Aaron will bring a great deal to the Bulldogs, both on and off the field. He is proven at both the international and state arenas and that level of experience will be most valuable to our club.”

Tigers fans are bitterly disappointed that Woods has made such a decision, prompting some to boo him when he ran onto the field at Leichhardt Oval this week.

With 133 games to his name as Tiger since he made his debut in 2011, the club admit that whilst they are disappointed to see him leave, they wish him the best in his future endeavours.

“On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers, I’d like to thank Aaron for the way that he has represented the club over the last seven seasons,” said Wests Tigers Chair, Marina Go. “He has led from the front every time that he has pulled on the Wests Tigers jersey and continually inspired those around him.

“He has led from the front every time that he has pulled on the Wests Tigers jersey and continually inspired those around him.

“Since taking on the Captaincy last season, Aaron has further developed and has become a great role model to his teammates and all at Wests Tigers.”

“While we’re incredibly disappointed that Aaron will be leaving Wests Tigers at the end of the season, we wish him well in the future and look forward to supporting him as a Wests Tigers player for the remainder of this year,” she added.

Woods also drew praise from club CEO Justin Pascoe for the way he led the club as captain.

“Personally, I’d like to take this chance to thank Aaron for the way he has led this club, said Pascoe. “He has led from the front every time he has taken to the field and has been a great player for this club for a long time now.

“He has led from the front every time he has taken to the field and has been a great player for this club for a long time now.”

Admitting that it was a tough decision for the prop, Pascoe respects the decision that Woods has made on behalf of his he and his family.

“It was obviously a tough decision for Aaron and he has made the decision in the best interest of his family and himself and as a club, we completely respect that and wish him all the best in the future,” said Pascoe.

“I’m sure that Aaron will continue to put everything into his performances for Wests Tigers for the remainder of 2017 and we look forward to giving him the respectful farewell he deserves.”

Sharks clinch hard-fought win as Tigers are hit hard by injuries

Wade Graham

The Sharks may have won the contest with a late try to Chad Townsend but the talking point was several injuries suffered by Wests Tigers players over the course of the game.

On the back of a spirited Tigers performance at their spiritual home ground, Leichhardt Oval, the Sharks only just managed to win as they move into the top 4.

The Tigers’ resolve saw them head into the break four points ahead but it was prior to the game starting that an interesting incident took place, for when Aaron Woods’ named appeared on the screen, he was booed by the home fans.

An impressive performer for the Sharks was the returning Tony Williams who scored his 50th career try in the match after bulldozing over Tigers defenders to score.

The match was not without its fair share of controversy, though, as the Tigers scored through fullback James Tedesco, only for it to be called back because captain Woods had apparently interfered with Paul Gallen at marker.

The Tigers managed to put that behind them and score a couple of tries but in the end, the weight of numbers proved telling and it was the Sharks who clinched a victory.

Yet to determine the extent of Woods’ hamstring injury, Tigers coach Ivan Cleary tried to provide some clarity and perspective on his issue.

“He’s gone for a scan but it’s obviously not great,” Cleary said of Woods.

“He’d be 1000-1 [for the Test] but I’m not a doctor. It was through force, he wasn’t running when it happened.

“We had a lot of brave boys out there tonight playing injured, obviously we lost a few troops and under the interchange, we had a few struggles.”

As for winger David Nofoaluma, he actually stayed on the field despite a knee injury but was clearly hampered by it and is now in doubt to play for Samoa in next week’s rep round.

“[Nofoaluma] was on one leg pretty much the whole game, he said he had the same thing last year so he got a knock around the medial ligament so it’s just very painful and we hope around the joint is stable,” Cleary continued.

“We really missed a guy like ‘Noffa’, he makes such a difference in terms of penetrating the back field and giving us a good start to our sets so we just lost that with him tonight.”

Pleased with his side’s performance to some extent, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan knows that they have been inconsistent despite a 6-3 start to the season.

“It’s one of those things, if you’re going to be successful throughout the year then you’ll have some of those games,” Flanagan said.

“The only consistent thing we’ve been good at is inconsistent, but we’re 6-3 so it’s a good time for us to get away.

“If you said to me at the start of the year we’d be 6-3, I’d have taken it.”

Player of the Game:

3. Wade Graham

2. Tony Williams

  1. Moses Suli

Cronulla Sharks 22 (Williams, Feki, Holmes, Townsend tries; Maloney 3 goals) def. Wests Tigers 16 (Naiqama, Suli tries; Moses 4 goals) at Leichhardt Oval. Half-time: Wests Tigers 14-10. Crowd: 13,405.

Bulldogs overcome injuries to defeat a poor Raiders side

Will Hopoate

An impressive display of resilience by the Canterbury Bulldogs has seen them defeat the Canberra Raiders 16-10 at ANZ Stadium.

Losing both James Graham (concussion) and Josh Reynolds (hamstring) prior to the half-time interval, the Bulldogs dug deep and managed to find a way to win and hold onto the victory.

Uncharacteristically, Canberra had put away their defensive techniques and defensive mojo, letting in three tries down the same side as the Dogs fought their way back into the contest after trailing 10-4.

In a game that had many fans tipping the Raiders, they were simply overrun in the end as their defence let them down and the Bulldogs capitalised, on the back of solid games from returning fullback Will Hopoate and back-rower Adam Elliott.

Although gun Raiders winger Nick Cotric tried his best to keep them in the game with an intercept and then a line-break soon after, one man could not do it all himself.

Forced to play catch-up over the last 20 minutes, the Raiders, to their credit, gave it everything they had but inopportune errors and poor execution proved their downfall as they were unable to trouble the opposition scorers whilst trailing.

Also leaving the field was Raiders prop Shannon Boyd, who was called up into the Australian squad after the demotion of team-mate Josh Papalii, with coach Ricky Stuart optimistic about his chances to play in that fixture.

“I don’t know [if he’ll be able to play next week], I’d have to talk to the doctor,” Stuart said.

“Hopefully it doesn’t for Shannon’s sake. Is he in the 17 now? OK, so hopefully it doesn’t for his sake.”

Waiting seven weeks to return, Hopoate was chomping at the bit to play footy again and he made an immediate impression in his return game.

“I was really excited to play this game after having seven weeks off and it’s not too fun watching from the sidelines so I really wanted to come out and do my best for the boys,” he said.

“Every player knows when you’re in rehab, it’s not too fun in there, they flog you with cardio and conditioning and that was the case with our trainer.

Player of the Game:

3. Will Hopoate

2. Adam Elliott

  1. Josh Morris

Canterbury Bulldogs 16 (Elliott 2, J Morris tries; Holland 2 goals) defeated Canberra Raiders 10 (Croker, Hodgson tries; Croker goal) at ANZ Stadium. Half time: Raiders 10-4. Crowd: 13,390.

First half Knights resolve not enough as Titans score resounding win

Konrad Hurrell

Once again led by Jarryd Hayne, the Gold Coast Titans overpowered the Newcastle Knights and ran out convincing 38-8 winners at home in Robina.

Although the first half was quite an event contest, the Knights ran out of steam as the Titans kicked it into second and third gear, running away with the contest to put themselves in a good position so far this season.

Whilst the scoreline itself might appear lopsided, the first half showed the character and enthusiasm of the Knights team to perform solidly and for each other no matter the result.

The Knights hit the front early courtesy of a try to Sam Stone before a penalty goal put then up 8-0. The Titans soon hit back as Hayne, who had just won a penalty for his team the play before, took a quick tap and caught the Knights defenders off-guard to score.

Hayne’s second came soon after as he powered over off the back of a short pass from half Ash Taylor and from there, the traffic was seemingly endless.

Equally impressive on the other side was Konrad Hurrell, who after a slow start to the year due to injury is starting to hit his straps and perform at the level the Titans fans expect him to.

Despite the best efforts of the Knights to produce opportunities, they were repelled by the Titans or their own errors cost them. In the end, the weight of possession proved the telling factor, with the Knights afforded little opportunity to mount strong raids.

There was a rare moment in the game when Knights prop Daniel Saifiti made a break, galloping away down the field and eventually caught by a Titans player. A prop in open play is always a sight to see!

With just 42% of the ball in the end, Knights coach Nathan Brown knew that it was always going to be a tall order.

“One of our big issues is the weight of possession which probably hurt us in the first half,” Brown said.

“That weight of possession kills us in the development of our younger players. Some players who were outstanding in the first half look like they’re not good players in the second half.

“We’ve got a lot of players at the moment that unfortunately when the weight of possession keeps going against it as it does, we can’t mentally hang through it long enough.

Although he played at centre in this game, Hayne anticipates a return to fullback for him is on the cards soon.

“Yeah definitely. Hopefully, later on, shift back to fullback,” Hayne said when asked whether he expected to return to the No.1 jersey.

“I’ve played it the most of my career but as you saw today I can play anywhere and I enjoy playing anywhere.

“I was changing a lot with ‘T’ (Tyrone Roberts) last week and we were meant to do that again today but we kind of got in that rhythm and we probably attacked their left edge a bit more and gave us both that time to shift over there. That’s how I scored my second try.”

Player of the Game:

3. Konrad Hurrell

2. Jarryd Hayne

  1. Joe Greenwood

Gold Coast Titans 38 (Jarryd Hayne 2, Konrad Hurrell 2, Kane Elgey, Joe Greenwood, Ryan James tries; Kane Elgey 3, Ash Taylor 2 goals) def. Newcastle Knights 8 (Sam Stone try; Brock Lamb 2 goals) at Cbus Super Stadium. Crowd: 10,511. Half-time: Knights 8-6. Holden Cup: Knights 50-22.

 

Eels overcome poor record in Townsville to record comfortable win

Corey Norman

Not a happy hunting ground for the Parramatta Eels in the past, 1300 Smiles Stadium has long held some dark memories for the blue and gold but they finally got one over the stadium and the North Queensland Cowboys, with a comfortable win.

Winning just one out of their last ten at the venue, the Eels burst out of the blocks against a Cowboys side that was missing numerous key players in Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Lachlan Coote and Jake Granville.

Their loss was further compounded by a potential AC joint/scapula injury to Gavin Cooper, who will face a nervous wait for the prognosis.

The completion rate was the difference as the Eels completed at an impressive 82% compared to just 65% for the Cowboys.

The Eels came out firing as some deft play from Corey Norman on the left edge saw him break the line before he found Clint Gutherson on the inside to score.

The Cowboys had a perfect chance to hit back soon after but the ball was dropped over the line by Gavin Cooper, just as they looked like they would be regaining some momentum.

They would rue that miss as the Eels left edge again lit up the play, this time Michael Jennings making the break that led to a second try for Gutherson.

Leading 14-0 at the break and with all the momentum, the Eels continued it as they scored again on the back of another Jennings break, before Nathan Brown and Will Smith finished the play off to score.

The Cowboys had their chances in the attacking zones but failed to hold onto the ball at crucial times and it cost them dearly.

The sole Cowboys try was against the run of play as a smart cross-field kick by make-shift half John Asiata caught the Eels defence off-guard, that saw Antonio Winterstein score with a good finish.

The direction of Corey Norman is always a telling factor behind any Eels win and coach Brad Arthur praised his play-maker as well as that entire side.

“Corey’s a class player and he’s got Michael Jennings outside him and Semi and Manu Ma’u inside him so they’re pretty handy players,” Arthur said.

Cowboys coach Paul Green lamented the simple fundamentals as one of the key reasons as to why they lost.

“Some simple things in our game that we just didn’t do,” Green said.

“I’m not sure that we… were prepared to match them physically at the start although defensively we put ourselves under pressure with an error in the first set. And that was from one of our Test players.”

Defence is the key and an important aspect for Arthur and his Eels and despite some inconsistent defence for his team this year, he praised his team’s resilience and resolve.

“We were really happy with the defence part of it. We had to defend four of five sets on out try line and it’s what’s needed against very good teams,” Arthur said.

3. Corey Norman

2. Michael Jennings

  1. Nathan Brown

Eels 26 (Clint Gutherson, Will Smith, Tim Mannah tries; Clint Gutherson 5 goals) def. Cowboys 6 (Antonio Winterstein try; Kyle Feldt goal) at 1300 Smiles Stadium. Half-time: 14-0 Crowd 14,247.

Manly run riot as they punish errant Souths defence

Dylan Walker

A first-half blitz sealed the win for the Manly Sea Eagles as they trounced the South Sydney Rabbitohs 46-8 in a commanding victory that maintained their perfect record away from home this season.

Five unanswered tries in the opening half all but sealed the victory with the right edge attack of Dylan Walker and Akuila Uate having a field day.

The Fijian winger nabbed four tries on the back of quality lead-up play from his inside man in Walker.

Souths took the lead courtesy of a penalty goal before Manly hit back with a try, prop Brenton Lawrence powering over close to the line.

Manly had all the ascendancy from there as first, Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a forty-twenty before numerous forced drop-outs from Blake Green eventually led to a try for Curtis Sironen.

From there, the Sea Eagles had the Midas touch as they went on an attacking masterclass down the left flank, with the Bunnies unable to stop the onslaught.

There was at least one thing to cheer about for Souths fans, though, as they got on the board through centre Hymel Hunt late on.

That was all the cheering they would do, however, as Manly continued to pile on the pressure to record their resounding win.

Although the win was a team effort, Manly coach Trent Barrett praised the right edge of Walker and Uate, particularly the Fijian’s performance.

“I’m really happy for both of them, particularly Aku,” Barrett said.

“He had a horror 12 months where he was down on confidence and doubting his ability, I suppose. He’s very popular with the players, he’s a character and he worked really hard in the off-season and he’s getting rewarded for it.”

Surprisingly, Manly’s away record is better than their home record but despite that, the Sea Eagles are flying high and know that all points they can accrue are vital.

“They’re a pretty tight group and they enjoy spending time together,” Barrett said.

“We’ve got a pretty young squad and we can control things a bit better when we’re all together and get them in the right frame of mind.

We’d certainly like to win at home [as well] because it’d help. I don’t care where we play; we just need to play well.”

Souths coach Michael Maguire was a dejected figure post-game, lamenting his side for poor defence and an inability to stop second phase play.

“It was our defence that let us down and it allowed them to really capitalise on the things that happened out there,” Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said.

“I think everyone would be able to tell you how Manly play – they play with their offloads – and Api Koroisau and Trbojevic feed off the back of that.”

Player of the Game:

3. Dylan Walker

2. Akuila Uate

  1. Brenton Lawrence

Sea Eagles 46 (Akuila Uate 4, Brenton Lawrence, Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Jake Trbojevic, Blake Green tries; Dylan Walker 3, Jackson Hastings 2 goals) def. Rabbitohs 8 (Hymel Hunt try; Adam Reynolds 2 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Half-time: 30-2. Crowd: 10,594.

Warriors given huge boost as Shaun Johnson re-signs

Shaun Johnson

In a huge boost for the New Zealand Warriors and their plans to move forward, influential half Shaun Johnson has re-signed with the club until the end of the 2019 season.

In what he regarded as the biggest contract of his career to date, the 26-year old is thrilled to have his future sorted and settled.

“This was a big contract for a lot of reasons and I’m excited to be able to lock it away and know I’ll be here for another two years,” he said.

“My belief in this club is massive and my belief that we can do something special here is bigger than ever with everything we have in place.”

His two-year contract will see him play in nine seasons with the club and Johnson admitted that having come through the club’s systems and playing with them for so long, leaving would not leave him satisfied.

“I have always said in the past that I could never imagine myself being anywhere else but the Vodafone Warriors,” Johnson continued.

“I’m that kid who came up through the system and I love it here and what the club has done for me. There was more to think about this time but, in the end, it came down to winning.

“I could go to another club and another system but I realised winning there (at another club) wouldn’t mean as much as winning here. That’s what I want to be a part of here.”

 

Broncos hang on to win but lose in-form centre Roberts to injury

James Roberts

Getting the win and thus the two points will be a welcome relief for Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett but the win has come at a cost, with star, in-form centre James Roberts suffering a possible ankle injury.

Just five minutes before the end of the game, Roberts was carried off by the trainers in some discomfort as his club held on to win the game 32-18 over the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium.

The first half was handed to the Broncos on a silver platter as the Panthers made a litany of errors that led to tries and a 22-0 lead at the half-time break for Brisbane.

Things kick-started in just the 11th minute when Roberts made a break on the fringe to set up a try for Kodi Nikorima before he did it all again, this time going solo to score a try of his own.

The game could have taken a very different turn had it not been for a controversial decision made by the bunker in just the 6th minute.

James Tamou crossed the line and referee Gerard Sutton sent it up as try. After reviewing the footage, the decision from the bunker led to an overturn of that decision based on their findings that the ball had been knocked on by Wallace, despite the fact that it appeared to go backwards.

Already boasting the worst completion rate in the game, a total of nine errors continued to break Penrith hearts in the first-half.

The first-half tries continued as a seemingly innocuous bomb was caught by Jordan Kahu in the presence of at least two Penrith players who made no attempt at catching the ball.

This was soon followed by a great passage of play for another try off the kick-off, as an Anthony Milford offload found Alex Glenn before he and other players combined down the left that resulted in a try for Tautau Moga.

The Broncos then continued the rout in the second half after Korbin Sims powered his way over the line and although the Panthers would pull back three tries to Trent Merrin, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Matt Moylan, it was ultimately too little, too late.

Penrith’s mini-comeback in the last 15 minutes might give their fans a slither of hope but Broncos coach Wayne Bennett dismissed that very notion post-game.

“That’s a bit of a fallacy, to be honest with you,” Bennett said.

“You don’t want to be 28-0 down and fighting back. It’s like starting to fight at the end of the game when you should have started at the beginning of the game.

“It’s about how you start and how you play the game.

“You’re not going to get a whole deal of confidence out of your last 15 minutes when the game was lost.”

Instead of being overly negative, Panthers coach Anthony Griffin believes that there were some positive signs by his side, even if they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly.

“It was just one of those weird games where every time we made a mistake we got scored on,” Griffin said.

“I thought that our general defence was really solid but when you get an intercept and don’t compete on a last play all of a sudden you’re down by 10 or 16 points.

“That’s just the way we’re going at the moment. We’re killing ourselves.”

Player of the Game:

3. James Roberts

2. Anthony Milford

  1. Kodi Nikorima

Brisbane Broncos 32 (Kodi Nikorima, James Roberts, Jordan Kahu, Tautau Moga, Korbin Sims, Matt Gillett tries; Jordan Kahu 4 goals) def. Penrith Panthers 18 (Trent Merrin, Matt Moylan, Reagan Campbell-Gillard tries; Nathan Cleary 3 goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 21,464. Half-time: Broncos 22-0. Holden Cup: Panthers 44-12.

Tenacious competitor opts to leave the Dogs and join the Tigers

Josh Reynolds

The move has left many Canterbury Bulldogs fans bitterly disappointed but with rugby league now a business in the modern era, Josh Reynolds has made the decision that is best for him.

The enigmatic, live-wire utility, who has been a staple of the Bulldogs side for years now, will join the Wests Tigers on a 4-year deal until the end of 2021.

The Bulldogs know how good of a player he is but with the cap limitations that clubs now face, there was little they could do when he received a larger offer from the Tigers.

“It is extremely sad that Josh is leaving the club,” said Bulldogs CEO, Raelene Castle.

“He embodies what it means to be a Bulldog and has always worn his heart on his sleeve and played with the utmost courage and passion. We have tremendous admiration for what he has done both on the field and in the community.

The decision to let him go was made even harder on the basis that Reynolds is a local junior, having come through the club ranks.

“Josh is a loyal person and a local junior so this was not a decision that was taken lightly,” Castle continued.

“The harsh realities of the commercial marketplace and a salary cap system mean that this is a fantastic offer for Josh and leaves him in a position where he can secure his future and the Club is completely supportive of his decision.”

Whilst still at the Bulldogs for the remainder of the season, coach Des Hasler knows the club will miss his enthusiasm and tenaciousness.

“Josh is an outstanding footballer and a quality human being. He is incredibly well respected by our playing group and someone who has made an enormous contribution to the Bulldogs on and off the field,” said Hasler.

“I know that Josh is dedicated to this team and will finish the season strongly.”

As all players do, Reynolds praised the club for developing him, nurturing him and for providing him with lifelong mates in the footy world. For, in the end, the decision he made was the one that was best for him.

“I have had a fantastic time with the Bulldogs and loved every minute of it,” Reynolds said.

“The mates I have made from here will be mates forever and this is all that really matters to me.

“The decision was the toughest I have ever had to make in my whole life but I wish the Bulldogs the best in the future. It is important for the club and myself that we focus everything on the team playing good football and finishing the season strongly.

Reynolds will always cherish his time at the club and the people that he has met and worked with along the way.

“To everyone who has supported me through my career at the Bulldogs, I am highly appreciative and it will never be forgotten,” he added.

Starting somewhat of a rebuild at the Tigers, new head coach Ivan Cleary is making some astute additions to the squad, with Reynolds now joining fellow new recruits Chris McQueen and Ben Matulino.

The Tigers, perhaps having lacked enthusiasm in the eyes of some, know that Reynolds is a guy that can provide that for them.

“Josh has proven himself time and time again to be an incredibly competitive and passionate player and we look forward to him bringing that attitude to the club,” said Cleary. “He’s going to bring to Wests Tigers a wealth of experience having been a part finals, Grand Finals and State of Origin series.

“He’s going to bring to Wests Tigers a wealth of experience having been a part finals, Grand Finals and State of Origin series.”

With a chance to make his own mark at the club, Cleary is confident the new recruit will succeed at the Tigers.

“We’re confident that the best is yet to come for Josh and look forward to him taking his game to the next level here,” he said.

“I’m sure he’s going to make a significant contribution to Wests Tigers reaching its potential.”

 

Kiwi prop bucks the trend and heads to Sydney in deal with Tigers

Ben Matulino

Usually, it is the Kiwi players that opt to cross the Tasman and return to their homeland but in the case of Ben Matulino, he has made a decision to move to Sydney to experience the city and in the process, has signed a deal with the Wests Tigers.

The Tigers, desperately needing a forward given the impending departure of current captain Aaron Woods, have signed Matulino until the end of the 2020 season.

A long-serving player at the New Zealand Warriors, he has been a fan favourite and a consistent player for the club and they issued the following statement regarding his departure at season’s end:

The Vodafone Warriors have confirmed tonight that prop Ben Matulino has informed the club he will depart at the end of the season to join the Wests Tigers.

The 28-year-old made his 197th NRL appearance in his first outing of the season in the Vodafone Warriors’ Anzac Day encounter with the Storm in Melbourne tonight.

The long-serving Matulino, who is returning from an injury lay-off following knee surgery, informed club management at the weekend that he had decided to take up an offer from Wests Tigers. He said he wanted to experience living in Sydney with his family and felt he couldn’t turn down the offer.

Matulino told football staff and his team-mates of his decision in the dressing room after tonight’s match.

He said his focus is on finishing his last season with the Vodafone Warriors on a high after starting his NRL career with the club in 2008.

The Vodafone Warriors wish Matulino and his family all the best for the future.”

A Kiwi international, the signing will give the Wests Tigers some much-needed experience in the forward pack.

“Ben has proven himself as an elite front rower in both the NRL and International arena,” said Tigers coach, Ivan Cleary. “We welcome Ben as an integral part of Wests Tigers’ future.”

“We welcome Ben as an integral part of Wests Tigers’ future.”

Also pleased to bring such a high-quality signing on board is Wests Tigers CEO, Justin Pascoe.

“Ben has been a part of the Warriors and Kiwi squads for a number of years and has shown himself to be a leader both on and off the field,” said Pascoe.

“We look forward to him bringing his experience to Wests Tigers for the coming three seasons.

“It’s great to have a player of Ben’s experience, both in the NRL and International arenas, decide to commit his future to Wests Tigers,” he said.