Taylor to miss triple milestone match

iSelect Titans State of Origin representative David Taylor will again be an absentee from the side, to play St George Illawarra at WIN Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, after succumbing to a calf injury but is hopeful of returning the following week.

That leaves coach Neil Henry with the same 17 that took competition leaders Manly to the wire last Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium, with back-rower Tom Kingston added to make an 18-man provisional squad with back-rower Paul Carter battling a shoulder injury.

The match provides major milestones for experienced Titans campaigners Greg Bird and Luke Bailey.

It will be co-captain Bird’s 200th NRL appearance. He made his debut for Cronulla in round 7 in 2002 and also had a season in the English Super League with Perpignan-based Catalans Dragons in 2009 before joining the Titans the next season.

Bailey, a foundation Titan, becomes only the second player behind teammate Mark Minichiello to reach 150 games for the club (Minichiello has played 170). It will be Bailey’s 269th NRL appearance, with his debut being for Sunday’s opponents, the Dragons, in round one of 2000.

Daniel Mortimer also marks a milestone on Sunday – his 100th NRL appearances after making his debut for the Eels in 2009.

The team v St George Illawarra in round 24 is:

1 – William Zillman

2 – Kalifa Faifai Loa

3 – James Roberts

4 – Brad Takairangi

5 – Anthony Don

6 – Aidan Sezer

7 – Daniel Mortimer

8 – Luke Bailey

9 – Beau Falloon

10 – Luke Douglas

11 – Mark Minichiello

12 – Nate Myles (capt)

13 – Greg Bird (capt)

 

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14 – Matthew White

15 – Mark Ioane

16 – Cody Nelson

17 – Paul Carter

18 – Tom Kingston

 

The Holden Cup side is:

1 – Jahrome Hughes (capt)

2 – Brian Kelly

3 – Shaun Hudson

4 – Connor Broadhurst

5 – Zac Spring

6 – Deacon Fletcher

7 – Kane Elgey (capt)

8 – James Iodice

9 - Karl Lawton

10 – Mitch Sharp

11 – Jaiden Hawkes

12 – Anthony Colman

13 – Jackson Clarke

 

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14 – Ethan Price

15 - Caleb Morehu

16 – Joshua Berkers

17 – Jayden Connors

18 – Sam Swift

19 – Sam Grant