Mead added to extended squad

iSelect Titans’s Country Origin rep of 2014, David Mead, is fit to return from a hamstring injury and has been included in the preliminary squad of 18 players for the trip to Auckland to play the Warriors this weekend.

Mead first suffered the injury in the round 17 victory over South Sydney and returned for the round 21 clash with the Cowboys but aggravated it late in the game, so has missed six of the past seven games.

There is certainly an injury crisis in the forwards with eight players out of contention for the last two rounds including co-captain Nate Myles undergoing shoulder surgery. However coach Neil Henry has not given up hope of David Taylor returning for the final round clash with the Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium.

“His calf injury is improving and there is some chance he could play the following week against the Bulldogs,” said Henry.

“Dave Mead is right to go, and he’ll come into contention and we’ll look at that later in the week with one of our options playing Brad Takairangi in the forwards.”

The team v NZ Warriors in round 25 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 – Matthew White

11 – Mark Minichiello

12 – Paul Carter

13 – Greg Bird (capt)

 

INTERCHANGE

154– Mark Ioane

15 – Cody Nelson

16 – Tom Kingston

17 – Maurice Blair

19 – David Mead

 

The Holden Cup side is:

1 – Jayden Connors

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

 

INTERCHANGE

14 – Joshua Berkers

15 - Caleb Morehu

16 – Sam Swift

17 – Sam Grant

18 – Hayden Schwass

19 – Nathan Portelli