20-year-old utility player Karl Lawton will play in the centres today with Chris McQueen going back to the pack in a re-shuffle after the withdrawal of co-captain and hooker Nathan Friend.

Lawton and older brother Kayne Lawton become the first brothers to represent the Titans at NRL level. Kayne made his debut, also at age 20, in 2009 and went onto play seven games before moving to Manly then a season with Carcassonne in the French competition last season.

Friend suffered a hand injury in the match against the Raiders last Sunday and, after he participated in the final training session on Wednesday before the team departed, it was decided he would not travel across the Tasman to play against his former team after .

McQueen will start in the second row and Auckland-raised Leivaha Pulu going back to the bench. Ryan Simpkins can cover as relieving hooker if Nathan Peats doesn’t play the 80 minutes.

Halfback Ash Taylor did not travel to Auckland because of a groin injury that needs rest and Cameron Cullen will take his place.

Eddy Pettybourne will also miss tomorrow’s clash after failing to recover from concussion suffered last Sunday against the Raiders. Lachlan Burr comes in for him on the bench.

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  1. Far out, we’re missing so many players now. Hopefully they dig deep for the warriors clash but I have feeling we’re about our asses whipped… only if a strong warriors outfit show up which no one can really tell with the warriors..

  2. Also good to see we’ve had a couple of local brothers come up through the system, both fairly good players from what I’ve heard.
    Need to develop more local talent, stop buying players.

  3. I’m surprised the Titans didn’t go after Segeyaro when he became available. He and Peats would have formed a greater hooker combination.

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