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Players to watch: Future Titans v Auckland

The Titans' next generation of stars will be in action on Wednesday night as they face off against Auckland Rugby League in two exciting clashes at North Ipswich Reserve.

A perfect curtain-raiser to Thursday's Anzac Day NRL clash between Gold Coast and Zealand, the Under 16 Boys and Under 17 Girls showdowns are guaranteed to deliver two entertaining games of rugby league that showcase the club's talent patiently waiting in the wings.

Kicking off at 6pm with the girls in action first, before the boys take centre stage at 7.15pm, has identified several Future Titans players to watch across the two matches:

Under 16 Boys

Jai Bilish - Hooker

The rising Palm Beach Currumbin young gun will captain the side this week and takes plenty of confidence into the clash after recently being selected for the South Coast Opens side as a 16-year-old.

He was also a clear standout for Tweed in the Cyril Connell Challenge this season despite being up against players a year older than him in the Under 17 age division.

Expect him to play tough but smart and lead in his voice and actions.

Jahzayis Perenara-Livapulu - Centre

JZ is a Stretton State College student and played for the Brisbane Tigers in the recent Cyril Connell Challenge season.

Alongside Bilish as Queensland Under 15 representative last year, Perenara-Livapulu is a strong running centre who cab play both sides of the field - a great skill for any outside back.

He has a great fend, strong carry and has a great knack for making the right defensive play.

Murphy Phillips - Halfback

Recently contracted by the Titans having just turned 15, the Burleigh junior will be ready to shine having just made the South Coast Under 15s for the upcoming QSSRL championships.

Hailing from Miami State High School, Phillips has a good long-kicking game and will play eyes up footy and put his best foot forward. He's a very good touch player and his silky skillset is set to transfer to the rugby league field.

Fynn Laffranchi - Fullback / Five-eighth

The son of a Titans gun, Laffranchi will be hoping to follow in his father's footsteps in one of his first games as a fully-fledged Future Titan.

Also set to feature for South Coast at the upcoming state championships, the Marymount College student can play at both fullback and five-eighth and will be busy pushing around the footy.

He has a high football IQ and is a super competitor - much like Anthony was during his years playing for the Gold Coast.

Under 17 Girls

Lilianah Lewis - Five-eighth / Halfback

An avid rugby league lover from a young age alongside her family, Lewis is a fierce competitor having faced adversity in her rise to joining the Titans female academy.

Battling broken bones and missing out on selection early in her journey, this motivated her to train harder and soak up all the learnings she could from coaches and at training clinics, leading to her selection to the Queensland Schoolgirls side at age 14.

She has kept growing and progressing and is a star player for the Future Titans, ready to be one of the side's dominant figures against Auckland.

Kate Pryke - Hooker

Beginning her league pathway with the Tweed Coast Raiders after many years playing touch football and OzTag, Pryke quickly attained accolades as captain of the Raiders' Under 17 side at only age 15 upon making the switch.

Being a key player for the Northern Rivers Titans previously before joining the Titans academy in 2024, the talented No. 9 has shown plenty of dedication in achieving her dream of playing professionally one day, even choosing to miss out on an overseas holiday and watch her brother play International Cricket to stay on the Coast and be a part of the recent training schedule in preparation for their clash.

Expect her to make her mark around the ruck against Auckland.

Prayer Playle - Centre

Hailing from a small rugby league club in New Zealand - Putauaki Stags - Playle ventured into representative touch football and Rugby 7s before staying true to league.

Taking on a scholarship at the end of 2023 to join Mabel Park State High School and the Titans academy, the strike outside back continues to excel at new levels and is thriving in the Gold Coast's pathways system.

She has also been selected to play with Met East at the upcoming state championships, but is first focusing on the game ahead against Auckland, with plenty of family coming to watch her in action, including her biggest supporter in her grandfather Patrick who is making the trip from New Zealand for the occasion.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.