Local junior Jesse Arthars will become Titan #147 this Thursday night when the Gold Coast tackle the Cronulla Sharks in the opening match of Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium.

Arthars was born in New Zealand and moved to the Gold Coast as a 12-year-old, where he played for the Runaway Bay Seagulls. The 20-year-old has been named to make his club debut from the interchange bench, as part of a number of changes to the Titans team beaten by the Cowboys last Friday night.

Titans captain and five-eighth Tyrone Roberts is the major omission. Roberts failed his return-to-play protocol after being concussed against the Cowboys, and AJ Brimson will replace the skipper in the No.6 jersey.

Experienced forward leader and New Zealand international Kevin Proctor will captain the Titans in Roberts’ absence against the Sharks.

Dale Copley makes a timely return from his quadriceps/hip-flexor problem, and has been named on the wing, replacing Phillip Sami who will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury.

The Titans are looking to turn Suncorp Stadium into their “home away from home” on Thursday night with more than 1300 fans making the trip up the M1 in a fleet of 26 chartered supporter buses.

The strong show of support from Titans members and fans will be boosted by Brisbane-based rugby league fans jumping on board the Titans bandwagon to cheer the first of the Queensland-based clubs to play in Magic Round – against Paul Gallen’s Sharks – in what is expected to be a big crowd to kick-off the weekend.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Michael Gordon
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Josh Dugan
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia Feki
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Tyrone Peachey
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Bronson Xerri
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Josh Morris
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Dale Copley
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Aaron Gray
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Kyle Flanagan
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Ashley Taylor
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Shannon Boyd
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Bryce Cartwright
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Kurt Capewell
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Jesse Arthars
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Blayke Brailey
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jayson Bukuya
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Max King
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
  • Interchange for Titans is number 18 Jack Stockwell
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-Uele