Gold Coast Titans star Greg Bird comes up against Brisbane Broncos enforcer Sam Thaiday in Round 5 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
The key quotes from Neil Henry and Wayne Bennett as well as the injury news and betting updates ahead of a huge south-east Queensland derby on Friday night.
Despite his strong ties to NSW, Titans forward Greg Bird would be more than happy to see out his NRL career at Gold Coast with his current deal to end in 2017.
Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has lit the fuse ahead of Friday's clash with the Gold Coast, labelling the Titans as "deceitful" and "jealous".
The Titans are weighing up whether they can trust the most inexperienced halves pairing in the club's history against NRL favourites Brisbane on Friday.
The treatment of Sam Burgess in rugby union and encouragement from George and Tom Burgess inspired Wigan star Dan Sarginson to join the NRL next season.
Titans forward Ryan James has been found not guilty at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night and is free to line up against the Broncos in Round 5.
The Gold Coast Titans have signed Wigan utility back Dan Sarginson, an English Test representative, for the 2017-18 seasons.
Broncos prop Adam Blair believes his side must move away from the game plan which served them so well in 2015, but is no longer as effective under new rules.
Who would have thought that the latest instalment of the M1 derby would be a top of the table clash between the two form teams of the competition?