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Wests Tigers player profiles

Published: 12:52PM Wednesday September 28, 2005 Source: AAP

Brett Hodgson
Age: 27
Height: 175cm
Weight: 78kg
Rep Career: Tests: Nil Origins: 3(NSW)
NRL Career
Games: 173 Tries: 80 Goals: 336 FG: 1 Points: 993
2005 Games: 27 Tries: 15 Goals: 119 Points: 298
Pace, support play and guts are the NRL's leading point scorer's hallmarks, while his ability to pot over goals from all angles could be vital for the Tigers.

Daniel Fitzhenry
Age: 25
Height: 179cm
Weight: 86kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 79 Tries: 23 Points: 92
2005 Games: 25 Tries: 10 Points: 40
Dropped to reserve grade earlier this season after several indifferent performances, Fitzhenry has re-emerged a more confident and committed player and has finally found a home on the Tigers wing

Shane Elford
Age: 27
Height: 189cm
Weight: 95kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 108 Tries: 36 Points: 144
2005 Games: 18 Tries: 4 Points: 16
Did a stellar defensive job on Dragons centre Mark Gasnier and will need to be equally as effective up against the Cowboys Origin pairing of Paul Bowman and Josh Hannay.

Paul Whatuira
Age: 24
Height: 183cm
Weight: 91kg
Rep Honours: Tests: 4 (NZ)
NRL Career
Games: 99 Tries: 41 Points: 164
2005 Games: 26 Tries: 18 Points: 72
The class in the Tigers' outside backs, and the only one to have won a grand final. Has been one of the buys of the year as his 18 tries attest to.

Pat Richards
Age: 23
Height: 191cm
Weight: 100kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 75 Tries: 39 Goals: 4 Points: 164
2005 Games: 27 Tries: 19 Points: 76
In doubt for the match with an ankle complaint, Richards is a key player as his size offers the Tigers a virtual extra forward on the kick return.

Benji Marshall
Age: 20
Height: 181cm
Weight: 83kg
Rep Honours: Tests: 1(NZ)
NRL Career
Games: 37 Tries: 18 Points: 72
2005 Games: 26 Tries: 15 Points: 60
The pure excitement in the Tigers backline, capable of hurting the opposition from anywhere on the paddock, as was shown with his tries against Brisbane and St George Illawarra.

Scott Prince
Age: 25
Height: 177cm
Weight: 81kg
Rep Honours: Tests: Nil Origins: 3(Qld)
NRL Career
Games: 129 Tries: 26 Goals: 24 FG: 3 Points: 155
2005 Games: 27 Tries: 12 FG: 2 Points: 50
The brains behind the Tigers side, Prince will once again be looking to keep the Cowboys pegged down in their own end of the field with his pin-point long kicking game.

Anthony Laffranchi
Age: 25
Height: 184cm
Weight: 102kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 81 Tries: 13 Points: 52
2005 Games: 26 Tries: 4 Points: 16
Together with Skandalis, Laffranchi has combined to get the better of four test props over the last two weeks. His no-nonsense approach typifies the way the Tigers play the game.

Robbie Farah
Age: 21
Height: 178cm
Weight: 87kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 33 Tries: 8 Points: 32
2005 Games: 26 Tries: 8 Points: 32
The ruck's most dangerous operator, a scheming dummy-half who knows how to make the most of the Tigers underrated pack with a deft running and passing game.

John Skandalis
Age: 29
Height: 190cm
Weight: 107kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 205 Tries: 17 Points: 68
2005 Games: 26 Tries: 1 Points: 4
From the old school of front row forwards - runs hard, tackles hard and leaves nothing in the tank.

Ben Galea
Age: 27
Height: 178cm
Weight: 95cm
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 108 Tries: 24 Points: 96
2005 Games: 26 Tries: 4 Points: 16
The most underrated of the unsung heroes, Galea will tackle himself to a standstill while also carting the ball out of his own end with a minimum of fuss.

Mark O'Neill
Age: 30
Height: 185cm
Weight: 101kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 222 Tries: 21 Points: 84
2005 Games: 15 Tries: 1 Points:4
In his last game for the club, the former skipper will be looking to farewell the Tigers with a big one. Has slotted straight back into the side after missing most of the season with an elbow injury.

Dene Halatau
Age: 22
Height: 178cm
Weight: 89kg
Rep Honours: Tests: 2(NZ)
NRL Career
Games: 52 Tries: 11 Points: 44
2005 Games: 21 Tries: 4 Points: 16
Man-of-the-match against the Dragons with a two-try performance, his ability to cover in the backrow and in the centres give coach Tim Sheens extra options with his squad.

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Laim Fulton
Age: 21
Height: 186cm
Weight: 90kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 31 Tries: 7 Points: 28
2005 Games: 27 Tries: 7 Points: 28
Lightweight backrower with great mobility in attack and defence, Fulton brings enthusiasm off the bench and will be hoping to repeat his 37-tackle effort from last week.

Chris Heighington
Age: 23
Height: 187cm
Weight: 101kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 40 Tries: 7 Points: 28
2005 Games: 23 Tries: 4 Points: 16
Hits the fringes of the ruck with power and purpose, his impact off the bench has been vital for the Tigers.

Bryce Gibbs
Age: 21
Height: 188cm
Weight: 104kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 40 Tries: 2 Points: 8
2005 Games: 21 Tries: 0 Points: 0
Young and raw prop who has no sense of self preservation as he throws himself at the defensive line.

Todd Payten
Age: 26
Height: 185cm
Weight: 112kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 144 Tries: 12 Points: 48
2005 Games: 19 Tries: 1 Points: 4
Brings size, experience and power off the bench. The fact that coach Sheens rushed him back early from an arm injury for the finals game against the Broncos shows how vital he is.

John Wilson
Age: 27
Height: 186cm
Weight: 94kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 65 Tries: 30 Points: 120
2005 Games: 10 Tries: 3 Points: 12
Brings utility value off the bench, an honest toiler who rarely lets his teammates or his coach down.

Bronson Harrison
Age: 21
Height: 183cm
Weight: 103kg
Rep Honours: Nil
NRL Career
Games: 31 Tries: 2 Points: 8
2005 Games: 19 Tries: 1 Points: 4
Talented young backrower with a big future. Has been unable to squeeze into Sheens' final 17 the last two weeks but could be called upon to add extra grunt to the bench.

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