Teammates buzzing for Lawrence return
Wests Tigers players say they’re delighted for teammate Chris Lawrence as the veteran forward prepares to make his return from injury on Friday night against the Canberra Raiders.

The club’s all-time leading try-scorer has not played during the 2019 season as yet after suffering serious jaw and facial injuries in late February the lead up to Wests Tigers’ trial match against the New Zealand Warriors in Whangarei.

And after numerous surgeries to repair 11 facial fractures, the 30-year-old will return this week at Bankwest Stadium — much to the delight of his teammates.

“He’s been training really well [so] it’s good to have him back out on the park,” forward Josh Aloiai said. "He’s been really positive to everyone out here in the group and out on the field during training sessions so it’s good for us.

"He’s definitely one of those players I really look up to.

"With everything that he’s overcome, it’s pretty amazing and inspirational.

“He deserves a lot more credit than what people know.”

Michael Chee Kam said Lawrence’s inclusion would be a motivating factor the side as they look to bounce back from consecutive defeats prior to the Round 12 bye.

“He’s definitely a massive leader for us,” said Chee Kam.

"Just having him there will really motivate the boys.

“After going through what he has, for him to come back this early shows his great character and I can’t wait to run out with him again.”

Maguire: Lawrence will play
While it’s not yet clear whether Lawrence will return to the starting side or via the bench, the veteran will likely run out on the left edge alongside Luke Brooks, with the pair set to rekindle the combination that has proven so effective in recent years.

Brooks said Lawrence’s inclusion was one that certainly increased his side potency in attack — something that will be needed against a Canberra Raiders side that comes in to this week’s game with the second best defensive record in the league.

“He’s a massive boost for us as a team and especially me playing alongside him,” said Brooks. "We’ve got a good combination and the work that he does in defence and the good lines he runs in attack is a real boost for us.

“He’s come off a tough injury so it’s been really good to see him rip in to the wrestle and not really be phased by it. He’s gotten his head in there and tested it out, and I think he’ll be huge for us with the experience and tough carries he brings.”

@Matto seems as if mcqueen or MCK will drop out of the squad for lawrence

Welcome back champ, I’m stunned that he’s back so soon, this guy must have balls of steel.

Give him the captaincy I say, he’s the type of player that you don’t want to let down, inspirational!!

I also just read a story that Mybe was going to be benched prior to the game he missed before his origin call up.
Mybe has been here for 5mins, Rowdy is a Tiger through n through, should be our skipper.

Given Madge’s insistence that players earn their spot in first grade it does seem odd that someone who hasn’t played a match in 9 months walks straight back into first grade. He’s not even close to being match fit - regardless of his personal fitness abilities.

Would think MCK starts and Lawrence to bench with McQueen gone. MCK has re-signed so he’s obviously in the coach’s plans.

1st bloke picked when fit…

He’s earned that…

@balmain-boy in fairness to Madge he has given everyone a chance and some have responded with improved performance, others not so much. I think he would see Lawrence as a way to improve the team and not waste too much time getting him in the side.

@Geo this is why we never play finals footy …

@Snake said in Teammates buzzing for Lawrence return:

@Geo this is why we never play finals footy …

Coach seems to think otherwise

@Geo said in Teammates buzzing for Lawrence return:

@Snake said in Teammates buzzing for Lawrence return:

@Geo this is why we never play finals footy …

Coach seems to think otherwise

Madge will take us to the finals this year

This is a massive game tonight and next week before the bye again… We need the guys to stand up against this the big Raiders team.


No idea why people are frothing at his return.

@bigsiro I would of thought a hit out in Reggie’s first might of been the go … the Raiders are a huge physical side and for a bloke to be there first up after his injury and 9 months off makes you wonder .

Just an absolute champion, best wishes to him on his return.

@Snake Obviously we all want him back in the side but I would have thought a couple of weeks in reggies to get some game time would have been the best thing to do by him. Big ask walking into a game against a pretty physical team first up.

@bigsiro said in Teammates buzzing for Lawrence return:


No idea why people are frothing at his return.

But… he runs great lines!

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