Titans name trial squads
The Gold Coast Titans have named squads for two trial games on Saturday, when they'll face the Parramatta Eels in Alice Springs and the Warriors in Whangarei.
David Shillington, Zeb Taia and Leivaha Pulu will make their debuts in the blue and gold while Nathan Friend will be playing this return match for the club against the Eels.
Coach Neil Henry had 11 players unavailable through injury and All Stars commitments, and has had to call on several Intrust Super Cup players to fill a 20-man squad to travel to Whangarei to face the Warriors.
"It has obviously tested our numbers with two trials on the same weekend as the All Stars clash and a few guys unavailable with mostly minor injuries," Henry said.
"But it is also a good opportunity for some players to catch the eye.
"We'll take a strong squad of 23 to Alice Springs and it is a good opportunity for newcomers to the team to develop some combinations and for the squad to get a solid hit-out before the home trial against Souths a week later."
Titans team to play Parramatta Eels at Alice Springs (7.30pm NT time): Will Zillman, David Mead, Brian Kelly, Nathan Davis, Anthony Don, Daniel Mortimer, Ash Taylor, David Shillington, Nathan Friend, Agnatius Paasi, Zeb Taia, Chris McQueen, Lachlan Burr, Matt Srama, Luke Douglas, Eddy Pettybourne, Shane Wright, Jeff Lynch, Greg Leleisiuao, Leivaha Pulu, Cameron Cullen, Leva Li, Shannon Walker.
Titans team to play Warriors at Whangarei (7.30pm, NZ time): Ali Grant (Tweed), Blake Anderson (Tweed), Jarrod Tua (Burleigh), Connor Broadhurst, Tyronne Roberts-Davis (NYC), Jamal Fogarty (Burleigh Heads), Sam Irwin (Tweed), Kurt Bernard (NYC), Pat Politoni (Burleigh), David Hala, Matt Robinson, Morgan Boyle (NYC), Sam Saville (Tweed), Luke Page (Burleigh), Jed Cartwright, Daniel Schwass (Burleigh), Dane Clark (Tweed), Will Bugden (Tweed), Hayden Schwass (Burleigh), Sam Meskell (Tweed).
Injured Titans players: Kane Elgey (knee), Ryan Simpkins (knee), Oshae Tuiasau (knee), Kierran Moseley (ankle), Karl Lawton (back), Josh Hoffman (knee), Nathaniel Peteru (knee).
Titans All Stars representatives: Greg Bird, Ryan James, Tyrone Roberts, Nene Macdonald.