Bird back for crucial Knights clash

Aquis Gold Coast Titans’ Australian forward Greg Bird returns from his eight-match suspension handed down after the Anzac Test to take on his hometown NRL team, Newcastle Knights, at Hunter Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm), giving the Titans a much needed boost in the pack.

Bird is in great shape and has been training hard for his comeback game, and slots in at lock to a revamped pack.

Dave Taylor has been elevated from the bench to the starting line-up in the second row and Beau Falloon, after returning from a dislocated wrist off the interchange bench against Manly last night, will wear the No. 9 jersey with Chad Redman dropping to the bench.

Lachlan Burr is the player to drop out of last night’s 17 and will play for Burleigh Bears, while Agnatius Paasi and Eddy Pettybourne drop to the bench. Kane Elgey has not been selected but his ankle injury will be monitored during the week.

For comments from coach Neil Henry go to www.nrl.com.au

The team:

 

1 – David Mead

2 – Anthony Don

3 – James Roberts

4 – Nene Macdonald

5 – Kevin Gordon

6 – Josh Hoffman

7 – Daniel Mortimer

8 – Luke Douglas

9 – Beau Falloon

10 – Nate Myles (capt)

11 - Ryan James

12 – Dave Taylor

13 – Greg Bird

Interchange                                                 

14 – Agnatius Paasi

15 – Eddy Pettybourne

16 – Nathaniel Peteru

17 – Chad Redman

18 – Ben Ridge