Titans set to make debut
THE Gold Coast Titans will make their first competitive appearance at this month's Orara Valley Axemen Sevens Tournament, a two-day event near Coffs Harbour hosted by Hollywood star Russell Crowe.
Although not entering the NRL until 2007, the Titans will make their debut at the January 28-29 tournament with a team packed full of the Gold Coast's elite academy players.
The Titans team will be made up of young contracted players hailing from northern NSW, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
The Titans will rub shoulders with nine international teams, NRL outfit Souths Sydney and a Barbarians outfit of rugby league greats.
The Barbarians team - which will play exhibition games along with a St George Old Boys and North Sydney Old Boys - will boast the likes of Brad Fittler, Luke Ricketson, Rod Wishart, Gorden Tallis, Mark Carroll and Paul McGregor.
The sevens tournament will also feature defending champions Lebanon, Malta, Australian Maoris, Samoa, Fiji, Japan, Cook Islands, NZ Maoris and the USA.
The sevens tournament is part of a week of league that also incorporates senior internationals between Japan and the USA and Fiji Bati and New Zealand Maori.