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The Gold Coast Titans match against the New Zealand Warriors scheduled for Saturday, February 26 has been rescheduled to Monday, February 28.

As a result of the inclement weather event in South East Queensland, the match will now be scheduled on Monday, February 28 at 7pm at Cbus Super Stadium.

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Warriors: Shaun Johnson will play his first game in Warriors colurs since the 2018 qualifying final and his halves partner is Kodi Nikorima, who has beaten Ash Taylor to the No.6 jersey.

With Reece Walsh to miss the first two rounds due to suspension, Chanel Harris-Tavita is again being used at fullback this weekend leaving him poised to wear the No.1 jersey in round one.

Hooker Wayde Egan is good to go after off-season shoulder surgery while Josh Curran has recovered from the head knock he suffered in the All Stars game and joins Euan Aitken and Eliesa Katoa in a powerful back row.

Addin Fonua-Blake and Bunty Afoa played some strong minutes against the Storm and are once again the starting props and will be backed up from the bench by Storm recruit Aaron Pene and rising star Otukinekina Kepu.

Titans: Coach Justin Holbrook will miss the game as he recovers from COVID but skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is good to go after a modification of his training load was made as a precaution after returning from a knee injury.

All Stars reps David Fifita (ribs) and Will Smith (concussion) right to go after missing the Broncos trial.

Toby Sexton will again call the shots from halfback and this week is joined by AJ Brimson as they fine tune their combination ahead of round one.

In the pack, Mo Fotuaika, Beau Fermor, Erin Clark, Kevin Proctor and Fifita are expected to set to see their first action of the season alongside Sam Lisone, Jarrod Wallace, Tanah Boyd, Herman Ese’ese and Jaimin Jolliffe, who blew the cobwebs out against the Broncos.

The only key player missing is new recruit Isaac Liu, who is being held back for the season opener.

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