Jacob Alick is set to make his debut as Titan #186 in this Sunday’s history-making clash against the Dolphins at Cbus Super Stadium.
In the Gold Coast’s first-ever home contest against the NRL’s newest franchise, the Papua New Guinea International has been named on the bench – one of four changes made by interim coach Jim Lenihan to replace the Maroons quartet who are on Origin duty this weekend.
Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui replaces his older brother Tino in the front row alongside Jaimin Jolliffe who will also start in place of Moeaki Fotuaika; meanwhile, a well-rested Klese Haas comes straight back in to fill David Fifita’s spot on the edge.
Jayden Campbell will wear the No. 1 jersey with AJ Brimson earning a Queensland recall, opening the door for Jojo Fifita to remain in the 17 after an eleventh-hour call-up to play on the wing last Saturday, although Phil Sami is expecting to overcome last week’s hamstring tightness that ruled him out in the warm-up against the Raiders and is expecting to start on the wing this weekend.
With both Fa’asuamaleaui and Brimson missing this weekend, Kieran Foran will assume captaincy duties for the Sunday afternoon showdown – the last of three big games commencing from 1.15pm.