Kane Egley of the Titans looks to pass. NRL Rugby League, Round 8, NZ Warriors v Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart, Saturday April 25th. Digital image by Simon Watts, copyright nrlphotos.com

Titans play trial in Whangarei

The Aquis Gold Coast Titans will play dual trial matches on Saturday, February 13 in Alice Springs and in New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Isles.

We earlier announced that a squad will take on Parramatta in the Red Centre and a second Titans squad will also go to Whangarei on the same weekend to take on the New Zealand Warriors.

It will be the city’s fourth major rugby league occasion in recent years following the Kiwis’ appearance against Samoa last year en route to winning the Four Nations title.

Toll Stadium manager John Lynch said fans in the Northland region have a huge appetite for rugby league.

Titans coach Neil Henry is excited about bringing the Titans to the Northland region.

“It’s great to take a trial match between two NRL teams to Whangarei, a wonderful part of the world, and give the people up there first-hand access to some top-line players,” he said.

“There should be a lot of interest in the match as we also have a strong Kiwi contingent at the Titans with Kiwi internationals Josh Hoffman, Eddy Pettybourne and Zeb Taia and former Warriors players in Nathan Friend, Matt Robinson, Nathaniel Peteru and Agnatius Paasi.”

The Titans’ pre-season schedule is:

NRL

February 6-7: Auckland Nines

February 13: v Parramatta in Alice Springs; v Warriors in Whangerei

February 20: v South Sydney at Pizzey Park

NYC

February 6: v Melbourne at Langland Park, Brisbane

February 13: TBA

February 20: v Broncos at Davies Park, Brisbane.