The iSelect Titans will play pre-season trials in Toowoomba and Cairns in February 2015 after beginning playing commitments with the Auckland Nines from January 30 to February 1.
Last season the Titans’ full NRL squad stayed in Auckland and played the Warriors in a trial match the weekend after Nines but in 2015 the Warriors will cross the Tasman.
The match will be played on Saturday February 7 in Toowoomba at Clive Berghoffer Stadium where the Titans drew over 8500 last year for the match against North Queensland and brought $75,000 revenue to rugby league in city.
The Titans will again do coaching and promotional work in the city in the lead-up to the match, as part of the strong association that has developed with the Toowoomba Rugby League and the Clydesdales club.
The link also involves player welfare and education and Titans assisted in the Clydesdales setting up an apprenticeship mentoring system.
The weekend following the Titans-Warriors trial sees the reintroduction of the All Stars match (venue to be confirmed, likely to be Suncorp Stadium).
On February 21 the Titans will travel to Cairns for their final hit out against the Cowboys at Barlow Park, with the opening NRL round being played from March 5-9.
“It’s great to take a match to country areas and promote the game where rugby league is so popular and the few days at Toowoomba last year were a big success,” said Titans coach Neil Henry.
“We’ll field a strong side there and give some young players an opportunity and then go to Cairns for our final hit out again most of our key players.
“With a lot of our players having surgery early in the piece, we’re hoping to have a full complement of players available in February.”
The Titans’ pre-season matches:
January 30-Feb 1: Auckland Nines
February 7: v Warriors at Clive Berghoffer Stadium, Toowoomba.
February 21: v Cowboys at Barlow Park, Cairns.
The club is holding open trials for their under-20s squad in October at Station Reserve, Robina. They will be held on Saturday October 11 (open trial) and Sunday October 12 (for players selected from day one to trial further).
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