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Idris and Champion named for Dragons clash

Gold Coast strike centres Jamal Idris and Beau Champion have both been named for Friday night's Round 16 clash against the Dragons at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
Idris and Champion named for Dragons clash
by NRL

Gold Coast strike centres Jamal Idris and Beau Champion have both been named for Friday night's Round 16 clash against the Dragons at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Idris missed last weekend's 36-18 win over Penrith with an ankle injury, while Champion also suffered an ankle injury in the opening exchanges against the Panthers. However, the pair have today been named by Jetstar Titans Coach John Cartwright to take on the Dragons.

State of Origin forward Greg Bird will miss the Dragons clash with a strained pectoral muscle, with Cartwright opting to shift Queensland Origin forward Nate Myles to the starting backrow in his absence and Matt White pushing up to the starting front row.

Centre Steve Michaels has been included on a five-man interchange bench in what will mark his landmark 100th NRL match if given the green light to play.

Cartwright said the club was hopeful that Idris and Champion would be passed fit at the club's final hit-out in the lead-up to the Dragons clash on Thursday.

"We've only got a short turn-around this week so we haven't done much on the field as yet. We'll only really get a real grasp on the side when we get through Thursday's session,'' said Cartwright.

Cartwright said he expected the Dragons to be tough on their home turf, particularly after last week's 28-20 loss to the Bulldogs last weekend in their return to Wollongong.

"The Dragons are going to be very tough, they're back at Wollongong and would be hurting from their first loss down there which was their first game down there for a long time.

"They've got a lot of reasons to come out and be good on Friday but so have we.''

Titans vs Dragons
7.35pm - WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Friday, June 22

1 William Zillman
2 Kevin Gordon
3 Jamal Idris
4 Beau Champion
5 David Mead
6 Aidan Sezer
7 Scott Prince [c]
8 Luke Douglas
9 Matt Srama
10 Matt White
11 Nate Myles
12 Mark Minichiello
13 Ashley Harrison

14 Michael Henderson
15 Brenton Lawrence
16 Ben Ridge
17 Luke O'Dwyer
19 Steve Michaels

Coach John Cartwright

TITANS NYC TEAM VS DRAGONS NYC

1 Kane Elgey
2 Tyler Chadburn
3 Hymel Hunt
4 Sam Johnson
5 Jared Teo
6 Matt Beddow
7 Jamal Fogarty
8 Tauryn Laurenson
9 Sam Irwin
10 Caleb Binge
11 Nick Harrold
12 Sam Gee
13 Dylan Hartin

14 Oliver Percy
15 Zach Friend
16 Jack Durheim
17 Lausii Taliauli

Coach: Jamie O'Connor


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