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2020 NRL preview: Wests Tigers team guide

Wests Tigers are one of the more intriguing teams this season. Will they remain mired in mediocrity or finally take a leap forward?

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It's been eight long, frustrating years since the Tigers last contested the NRL finals. In three of the past four seasons, the club has finished where no one wants to be – in ninth place.

They fly under the radar and lack some of the big names other clubs can boast. But Michael Maguire is into his second season as coach and ex-Rabbitoh Adam Doueihi could add that extra bit of class the backline is craving.

The Tigers were hoping to make another big splash or two in the off-season signing period, which didn't eventuate. But they will feel they might just have enough to crack the top eight after getting so close last year.

How to watch Wests Tigers NRL matches

If you want to catch the Tigers this season, you will need to strongly consider a Foxtel or Kayo Sports subscription. Overall the Tigers have 13 games left on Fox League and just 5 on Channel 9 in the revamped schedule.


If you are yet to check it out, Kayo has a 14-day free trial. We have also put together a Kayo vs Foxtel guide so you can see how they compare.

A Basic subscription to Kayo is $25/month and gives you access to 2 devices. For $35/month you can get a third screen. It also has a number of features such as SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats, Kayo Minis and No Spoilers.

All up, Kayo has more than 50 sports on offer and you can check out our full review of the newcomer on the Australian sporting scene.

Another option for watching the Tigers in 2020 is through NRL Live Pass. Telstra customers can access it for free, but NRL Live Pass is limited to just a seven-inch display size. We have a guide on how to stream the 2020 NRL season, including the providers.

Watch Wests Tigers matches overseas

If you are planning to be outside Australia at any time during the league season, you can still watch Tigers games using the Watch NRL app. Check out our full guide on streaming the 2020 NRL season from overseas for more information.

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When do the Tigers play next?

You can see the full 2020 NRL fixture list here.

Wests Tigers squad

Wests Tigers history

To put it bluntly, the Tigers have drifted just outside of the NRL contenders for too long. With a proven coach and a reasonably settled roster, it's time for results on the pitch.

That memorable 2005 premiership triumph is now just a distant memory. But we have a sneaky feeling the Tigers' agonising finish to 2019, when they ended up just a point outside the top 8, will be the spur they need to go at least a step further and taste September again.

Benji Marshall is likely in his final year (when have we heard that before?), but time is clearly running out for him to help his beloved Tigers enjoy more success.

Moses Mbye will be more settled in a leadership role, Luke Brooks needs to take another step forward in his development and if Doueihi can take his game to another level, the Tigers should be more than competitive in 2020. And the competition will be better for it.

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