Gold Coast Titans

NRL players stood down for refusing flu jab

The NRL, which suspended its 2020 season in March at the start of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, is planning to resume matches behind closed doors on 28 May and had asked players to have the flu shots as part of biosecurity protocols.

Three players at the Titans club in the south of Queensland were among those who refused and the state's chief health officer Jeannette Young said they had been stood down.

"I've had a discussion with [the NRL] this morning and they've stood down those three players at the moment until we work out what it means," she told reporters.

Titans release Leilani Latu to Super League

Latu joined the Titans in 2018 from Penrith after 49 NRL games for the Panthers.

The 26-year-old Indigenous All-Stars and Tongan representative has struggled for regular NRL game time at the Titans, with nine appearances over the past two seasons on the Gold Coast.

Titans Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga said the Club was understanding of Latu’s desire to chase a fresh start.

Gold Coast turn to 'chippies' as Ash Taylor ruled out

With a challenging three-week stretch on the road coming on the back of an ill-disciplined 21-0 loss to the Raiders on Sunday night, Brennan will put his faith in two carpenters in a restoration project of a different kind.
Scans on Monday confirmed that Roberts will miss up to three weeks with an Achilles tendon strain while Taylor's 2019 campaign won't commence until round three at the earliest as he spends another week recovering from a quadriceps injury.

‘Disappointing’, ‘dumb’, ‘schoolboy stuff’: Garth Brennan blasts Titans after loss to Cowboys

Following a 54-8 hammering at the hands of St George Illawarra back in round three, the Titans looked to have turned a corner to win two of their next three games against Brisbane and Manly.

But all that good work was brought undone at 1300 Smiles Stadium, as the Cowboys went on to break their five-game losing streak.

Boyle inspired by famous father's tough love

The 21-year-old forward is the son of rugged former Canberra Raiders utility David Boyle, who played 117 games for the Green Machine in the 1990s.

"I talk to Dad before and after games and he says I’ve got to take it more personally and be more aggressive on the field," Boyle told NRL.com.

"He wants me to hit more with my shoulder and bring the old style back in.

Titans Too Good For Broncos

Yes, you read it right. After getting thrashed 54-8 the week before by the St George Illawarra Dragons, the Titans played the entertaining football their coach Garth Brennan promised in the pre-season, and how.

Their captain Ryan James led a forward pack that took on the Broncos in the middle, and won.

Winger Phillip Sami, who hails from the Goodna Eagles club that produced the great Noel Kelly, scored a hat-trick on the back of flair and a welcome penchant for the unorthodox.

Titans stage great escape to beat Raiders

Brennan received a nightmare initiation, watching the Titans concede three tries inside the first 10 minutes.

But he left his first match glowing about the character of his players after they recovered to snatch victory with a Konrad Hurrell try from an Ash Taylor grubber with less than two minutes on the clock.

The rookie mentor wanted the youngest halves pairing in the Telstra Premiership to take control of their team and the end result was Taylor and his partner Kane Elgey creating all five Titans tries.

Konrad Hurrell returns to Tonga to help cyclone-ravaged nation

NRL.com reporter Zac Bailey joined Hurrell as he surprised loved ones in the country’s cyclone-ravaged capital Nuku’alofa.

Hurrell was granted leave from pre-season training by Titans coach Garth Brennan, a decision that gave the Tongan international the chance to lend a hand following the Category 4 cyclone.

Houses were flattened and lives lost in the natural disaster that has crippled the nation.

Cartwright explains why he left Penrith for the Titans

Speaking for the first time after Penrith granted him a release to join his old junior coach Garth Brennan on the holiday strip, Cartwright said the chance to escape Sydney's fishbowl drove his shock off-season switch.

While stressing he and Penrith coach Anthony Griffin maintain a "great relationship", Cartwright did confirm whispers he was on the outer as far as the Panthers' first-choice line-up was concerned, with the Titans offering a chance for him to get back to his favoured lock position and best football as a result.

Gold Coast Titans predicted Round 1 line-up

The coach's relationship with Mitch Rein from Penrith should see the former Dragons rake well in the frame for an NRL spot, even if just on the bench, while local boy Brendan Elliot returns to head off a list of wingers including John Olive and Tyronne Roberts-Davis to start the first game of the season – though one of the latter could come into calculations if Anthony Don doesn't overcome a shoulder injury.

New names like Jai Arrow, Jack Stockwell and Leilani Latu could all feature in first grade either starting or off the bench.