Bird and Myles out of Titans v Warriors
Gold Coast will field a reshuffled line-up in tomorrow's clash against the New Zealand Warriors at Skilled Park after State of Origin duo Nate Myles and Greg Bird were both today ruled out.by NRL
Gold Coast will field a reshuffled line-up in tomorrow's clash against the New Zealand Warriors at Skilled Park after State of Origin duo Nate Myles and Greg Bird were both today ruled out.
Jetsar Titans Coach John Cartwright said Myles (sternum) and Bird (pectoral) would both be unable to take on the Warriors in the wake of Wednesday night's State of Origin decider, while prop Luke Bailey also has failed in his bit to make a return from a painful rib injury.
However, in a boost for the side, winger David Mead has decided to take the field against the Warriors in a tribute to his late father Stephen, who passed away on Tuesday night after a battle with cancer.
Centre Beau Champion (ankle) and William Zillman (hamstring) were also given the green light to make their respective returns from injury after passing fitness tests this week.
Cartwright said props Matt White, Michael Henderson and Ryan James would all be promoted to the 17-man squad in the absence of Myles, Bird and Bailey.
"They both won't play, they're a bit wounded from the other night and Bails hasn't come through so there will be a few changes,'' said Cartwright.
"Nate won't play, he copped a pretty bad knock on his sternum. It's not a long-term injury but it's going to be with him for the rest of the year and it's a bit tender at the moment.
"For Nate, it's just too much on his body. As you saw the other night, he leaves nothing on the field and he'd do the same to play on Saturday night but the long-term risk is not worth it.
"With Birdy, it's very similar to what it was going into the Origin, he's just had a bit of a set-back. Hopefully he won't be out for too long.''
Cartwright said the late team changes presented a challenge for the group to stand-up and be counted.
"It's a real good test for the guys that have come in and a real good test for us as a group to see how they combine,'' said Cartwright.
"We've been working hard since November so we're confident they'll do the job.''
The make-up of the starting 13 will be finalised tomorrow.
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