Having merged into a single NRL entity in 2000, the Balmain Tigers (the Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers in the later years) and Western Suburbs Magpies continued in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW as separate teams until the conclusion of the 2012 season. The Wests Tigers have made the finals in three of the four seasons since, falling just one game short of the decider in 2016 but losing no fans in their 16 wins.
Sharing their home games between Campbelltown Sports Ground and Leichhardt Oval, the club is truly united as they chase a first Intrust Super Premiership NSW title since the merger. Not only have the Tigers experienced one of the competition's most significant player shake-ups in the lead up to the upcoming season, they will also welcome new coach David Heath, meaning anything is on the cards in 2017.
One of the toughest players to strap on a boot appeared today for the Wests Tigers after a second ACL injury
Intrust Super Premiership NSW match report: Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers
Intrust Super Premiership NSW Match Report: Wyong Roos v Wests Tigers
Two huge televised matches, a semi-final rematch and the unveiling of an all-new franchise highlight the opening round of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW
Heading into the Intrust Super Premiership NSW season, we will detail the preparation and chances of each team