returns for West Tigers

Fullback Brett Hodgson has been cleared to play for the Wests Tigers in Sunday's NRL match against Manly at Leichhardt Oval.

The Tigers skipper will return to action a week earlier than expected after injuring his hand in the Tigers' round six win over Cronulla three weeks ago. Hodgson's inclusion in the number one jersey has meant 18-year-old fullback Shannon McDonnell will be omitted from the side.

Coach Tim Sheens says the club will wait until Saturday to decide whether the Tigers' New Zealand stars Benji Marshall and centre Paul Whatuira will be fit to back up for the Sea Eagles clash after playing in tomorrow's Test against Australia.