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Ultimate Guide: Titans name team for Friday

The nib Newcastle Knights will clash with the Titans this Friday night chasing a vital two points in Round 16.

Fresh off a bye round, the Knights will be hungry to overturn their last start after a last-minute loss to the Canberra Raiders.

The Titans went down to Cronulla away from home in the previous round, although will be tough opposition on Friday night.

Get your beanies at McDonald Jones Stadium for Beanie for Brain Cancer Round with all proceeds from the eight games over the weekend going directly to the Mark Hughes Foundation to raise money for brain cancer research.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 16 fixture against the Gold Coast Titans


Date: Friday, July 1, 2022

Kick-off: 6:00pm

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium

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Gates/ Fan Zone (inside Concourse due to wet weather) open: 4:30pm

Game Day Itinerary: See here

Theme: Beanie for Brain Cancer Round

Tickets: Purchase here

Membership: Take your seat

Merchandise: Show your colours

50/50 Charity Raffle: Mark Hughes Foundation


Since: 2007

Played: 25

Knights: 13

Titans: 12


Team Lists


  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Dominic Young
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony Milford
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Paul Turner
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton


  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
  • Prop for Knights is number 22 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Isaac Liu
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Sam McIntyre
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Kurt Mann
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui


  • Interchange for Knights is number 10 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Simi Sasagi
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Leo Thompson
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 David Fifita
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Mat Croker
    Interchange for Titans is number 19 Herman Ese'ese


  • Replacement for Knights is number 19 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    Replacement for Titans is number 18 Corey Thompson

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

Last updated:


Recovery Report: Ponga and Saifiti updates

UPDATE: Daniel Saifiti will make his return from injury coming onto the bench for Pasami Saulo.

Captain Kalyn Ponga was ruled out after suffering a head knock in Game II, with the Bunker determining the effects met the requirements of a category one concussion.

Tex Hoy comes into the team at fullback.

Dane Gagai has been named to back-up from Origin while Daniel Saifiti and Bradman Best are part of the extended squad.

For the Titans, David Fifita (knee) will return via the bench for his first game since round 12 while veterans Kevin Proctor (biceps) and Corey Thompson (knee) are listed among the reserves as they eye a return to action.

Captain Tino Fa'asuamaleaui has been named to back up from Origin while Moeaki Fotuaika will come off the bench after representing Tonga on Saturday.


The match is part of the NRL's annual Beanie for Brain Cancer Round with clubs, players and fans uniting to raise money for brain cancer research alongside the Mark Hughes Foundation.

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The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Knights legend Mark Hughes and wife, Kirralee, following Mark's diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013.

The Foundation's mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families.

Since 2014, over $24 million has been raised to tackle brain cancer while all money raised during the Beanie for Brain Cancer Round goes directly to brain cancer research and patient support.

Support the cause and get your beanies for the game at your local Lowes, IGA or at 


The Knights battled hard against the Canberra Raiders last start, but came just short of a victory going down 20-18 in the nation's capital.

Newcastle have won two out of their last five and sit in 12th spot on the ladder.

The Titans were defeated 18-10 by the Sharks in Round 15.

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The travelling team currently sit in 16th with three wins and 12 losses.

The Knights beat the Titans in their most recent encounter, winning 15-14 in Round 24 last season.


Tyson Frizell v Beau Fermor: Two fierce and hard-running second-row forwards will go toe-to-toe on Friday.

Frizell has consistently been one of the Knights best this season with three tries, 102 run metres per game and 11 offloads.

The Origin representative will form a back-row partnership with Mitch Barnett for the red and blue.

On the other side, the Knights will look to defend Fermor, who boasts a strong running game.

The forward has scored five tries this campaign, averaged 111 run metres and was recently apart of the Queensland Maroons extended squad.


For second-phase footy, the Knights sit seventh in the NRL for offloads with 137 while the Titans sit in 11th with 125.

The Knights narrowly edge the Titans in the record stakes with 13 wins to 12 since the Gold Coast came into the competition in 2007.

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Dane Gagai has 44 tackle breaks for this season- the most from the Knights.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui sits third in the NRL for post-contact metres with 954 metres.