Three former Vodafone Warriors and two Kiwis are among 11 New Zealand-born players included in Gold Coast’s expanded squad for Saturday’s second-round NRL clash against the New Zealand franchise at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina on Saturday (2.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).
Ex-Warriors Sam Lisone, Patrick Herbert and Erin Clark were denied the chance of another clash against their old club when the planned trial against the Vodafone Warriors was first postponed and then cancelled last month.
They were all in the side which handed the Vodafone Warriors a record loss (0-44) against the Titans in the final round of the 2021 regular season. They’re back again – Herbert at centre, Clark at hooker and Lisone on the bench – along with Gold Coast’s new signing Kiwi and ex-Roosters forward Isaac Liu plus long-time Kiwi international Kevin Proctor.
In all 11 New Zealand-born players are in Gold Coast’s initial 24-man squad.
Two more – Auckland-born winger Greg Marzhew and Gisborne-born prop Moeaki Fotuaika – are in the Titans’ starting line-up while Whangarei’s ex-Vodafone Warrior Paul Turner is on the extended bench along with Auckland-born Kiwi internationals Esan Marsters and Herman Ese’ese and Dunedin-born winger Sosefo Fifita.
Match: Titans v Warriors
Round 2 -
Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden CampbellFullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
Winger for Titans is number 2 Phillip SamiWinger for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian KellyCentre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick HerbertCentre for Warriors is number 4 Rocco Berry
Winger for Titans is number 5 Greg MarzhewWinger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 AJ BrimsonFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby SextonHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Ashley Taylor
Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki FotuaikaProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin ClarkHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Titans is number 10 Isaac LiuProp for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleauiLock for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran
Interchange for Titans is number 14 Will SmithInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam LisoneInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin JolliffeInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
Interchange for Titans is number 17 Kevin ProctorInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley Sironen
Replacement for Titans is number 18 Jarrod WallaceReplacement for Warriors is number 18 Kodi Nikorima
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Nick Morel
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein