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Walters named at 9 but Tigers hooker role still up for grabs

11 Mar 20, 12:18PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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The Wests Tigers were left with a real headache after the retirement of star hooker Robbie Farah at the end of last season.

The 36-year-old former NSW and Australian representative played 277 games for the Tigers and won a premiership with them in 2005.

After months of speculation they seem to have found their replacement with new signing Billy Walters being named in the number nine role for the Tigers team who will face the St.George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday.

This may only be temporary tho as Jacob Liddle is still an option when he returns from his ACL injury. There were also reports over the off-season that suggested Moses Mbye was also training in the position before sustaining a knee injury. Then you have Josh Reynolds who has previously stated he’d love to play in the hooker position.

Liddle is still quite young, has been at the club since 2016 and if the club wants to go with an out and out hooker they’ll look to him when heโ€™s fully fit.

It would also be understandable if they went down the experienced route in Moses Mbye who has 120 NRL games under his belt and three for Queensland where he was used as the bench hooker for two of them.

Billy Walters is primarily a half and has played just two NRL games at 26 years of age but has time over the next few games to prove he is first grade quality and lock down the position as the Tigers are already stacked in the halves department for 2020.

Itโ€™s safe to say the Wests Tigers dummy half position is still yet to be set in stone.

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