iSelect Titans winger David Mead returns to the side to play North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday (5.30pm) in place of the injured Kalifa Faifai Loa.

Mead has missed the past two matches Titans games (but was sidelined for three weeks with the bye included) with a hamstring injury but, provided he gets through the remaining training sessions without complications, will be back in action for the crucial encounter between two sides fighting for a place in the top eight. While Mead will wear the No. 5 jersey he may interchange with Kevin Gordon at fullback.

Regular No. 1 William Zillman is due to return the following round with prop Luke Bailey, along with hopefully Aidan Sezer and Albert Kelly.

The in-form Faifai Loa suffered a slight medial ligament strain against the Eels last Saturday but hopes to be sidelined for just one match. Mead’s inclusion is the only change to the side from round 20.

The team v NQ Cowboys, round 20:

1 – Kevin Gordon

2 – Anthony Don

3 – James Roberts

4 – Dave Taylor

5 – David Mead

6 – Brad Takairangi

7 – Daniel Mortimer

8 – Luke Douglas

9 – Beau Falloon

10 – Nate Myles (capt)

11 – Mark Minichiello

12 – Paul Carter

13 – Greg Bird (capt)

 

INTERCHANGE

14 – Matthew White

15 – Mark Ioane

16 – Cody Nelson

17 – Maurice Blair

 

The Holden Cup side to play the Cowboys is:

1 – Jahrome Hughes (capt)

2 – Brian Kelly

3 - Jaiden Hawkes

4 – Connor Broadhurst

5 – Zac Spring

6 – Christian Hazard

7 – Kane Elgey (capt)

8 – Francis Fifita

9 - Deacon Fletcher

10 – Mitch Sharp

11 – Harrison Hughes

12 – Anthony Colman

13 – Jackson Clarke

 

INTERCHANGE

14 – James Iodice

15 – Caleb Morehu

16 – Shaun Hudson

17 – Karl Lawton