Titans kick-off 2011 with 'Rat's Roast'

Retired Jetstar Gold Coast Titans star Mat Rogers will receive the fitting send-off a dual international deserves when former players and coaches from both Rugby League and Rugby Union join forces for ‘Rat’s Roast’ in the lead-up to Round 1.

In the perfect way to kick-off the Jetstar Titans’ season for 2011, Rogers will be the guest of honour at the Jupiter’s Pavilion Ballroom on Thursday, March 10 where a range of stories and laughs will come from a host of guest speakers including Phil ‘Gus’ Gould, Wendell Sailor, John Cartwright, Chris ‘Choppy’ Close, Phil Waugh and Reds Coach Ewen McKenzie.

During an illustrious 15-year career, Rogers excelled in both League and Union with 11 Test Matches for the Kangaroos and 45 caps for the Wallabies.

Now that the dust has finally settled on his boots following his retirement, Rogers’ former teammates and coaching staff will pay tribute to his career at the lunch – which falls two days before the Jetstar Titans Round 1 blockbuster against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Skilled Park on Saturday, March 12.

“The Titans have been gracious enough to put a luncheon on for me, a bit of a ‘roast’ and a bit of a testimonial to what I achieved over my career,’’ said Rogers.

“With the group who is coming along to ‘roast’ me, I think it’s going to be quite a humorous afternoon.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s only a couple of days before the start of the season so it should be a really good lead-in to the St George game and should be a lot of fun.’’

Matt made the decision to retire in August last year, several weeks before the Jetstar Titans’ second consecutive finals campaign, and the 35-year-old said he was more than content with his decision.

“I think over time you get a chance to reflect and I’ve done that. I’m proud of what I’ve done throughout my career,’’ he said.

“During the semi-final period there was no real time to enjoy it too much because the pressure was always there so I think this will be the last hurrah and a bit of fun with some mates.’’

Setting the tone for the light-hearted banter will be the master of ceremonies, comedian and long time friend, Fred Lang.

Rat’s Roast will be held at the Jupiters Pavilion Ballroom on March 10 from 12pm with tickets costing $150 per person or $1400 for a table of 10. To secure your seat contact events@titans.com.au or by phoning (07) 5656 5650.