English Test star Kallum Watkins has finally been cleared to make his NRL debut, and will become Titan No.149 when he plays his first game for the Gold Coast against the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.

Watkins has been in Australia for almost a month since his mid-season transfer to the Titans from Leeds Rhinos, but has been held back from playing his first game while the Club waited on clearance of his visa.

That clearance duly arrived Tuesday morning, with Titans Senior Coach Craig Hodges rushing the three-time Super League premiership-winner straight into the centres for the Queensland derby clash in a welcome injection of experience to the Gold Coast backline.

Watkins has played 25 Tests for England, and scored 132 tries in 256 games for the Rhinos in a stellar 12-year career in Super League. The 28-year-old is contracted to the Titans until the end of 2021.

In other significant changes to the Titans team beaten by Melbourne last weekend, forwards leader Kevin Proctor has been promoted to co-captain with Tyrone Roberts, while AJ Brimson will shift into the halves with veteran Michael Gordon back at fullback.

In a further boost, former NSW State of Origin utility Tyrone Peachey will also make his return from a pectoral injury, coming off the interchange bench.

Second rower Bryce Cartwright will pay his milestone 100th NRL game against the Broncos.

The Titans will be looking for their second win over the Broncos this year, following their 26-18 victory over Brisbane in Round 13 at Suncorp Stadium.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Michael Gordon
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Anthony Milford
  • Winger for Titans is number 22 Anthony Don
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Kallum Watkins
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Titans is number 2 Dale Copley
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Alex Glenn
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tyrone Roberts
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Darius Boyd
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Alexander Brimson
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Jake Turpin

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan Peats
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Jack Stockwell
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 17 Sam Stone
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 13 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Whitbread
    Lock for Broncos is number 15 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 12 Bryce Cartwright
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 James Segeyaro
  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Rhys Kennedy
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Patrick Carrigan
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Leilani Latu
    Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Keenan Palasia