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NRLW Ultimate Guide: Titans name team for Sunday

The nib Newcastle Knights NRLW side will head up to the Gold Coast for our second round clash against the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium this Sunday.

The team will be full of confidence after a last start 18-point win over three-time premiership winners, the Broncos.

The Titans went down the Dragons last round, but finished last season in third and will be dangerous opposition on their home turf.

As part of another exciting double-header with the NRL side, the NRLW team will play after the men's team.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 2 NRLW clash with the Gold Coast Titans.


Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022

Kick-off: 6:10pm

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast


Since: 2021

Played: 1

Titans: 1

Knights: 0


Team Lists


  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Apii Nicholls
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tamika Upton
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Karina Brown
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Kiana Takairangi
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Evania Pelite
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Shanice Parker
  • Centre for Titans is number 21 Hagiga Mosby
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bobbi Law
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Madison Bartlett
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Kimiora Breayley-Nati
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kirra Dibb
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Lauren Brown
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Jesse Southwell


  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Shannon Mato
    Prop for Knights is number 8 Caitlan Johnston
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Brittany Breayley-Nati
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Olivia Higgins
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Stephanie Hancock
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Millie Boyle
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Zara Canfield
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Romy Teitzel
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Tiana Raftstrand-Smith
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Yasmin Clydsdale
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Georgia Hale
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Simone Karpani


  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Rona Peters
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Emma Manzelmann
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jessika Elliston
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Tayla Predebon
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Hailee-Jay Ormond-Maunsell
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Kyra Simon
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Laikha Clarke
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Makenzie Weale


  • Replacement for Titans is number 19 Jetaya Faifua
    Replacement for Knights is number 18 Caitlin Moran

Match Officials

  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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TUESDAY: Knights NRLW Head Coach Ronald Griffiths named a 22-woman squad for our Round 2 clash with the Gold Coast Titans.

Simone Karpani replaces co-captain Hannah Southwell at lock in the only change to the side that scored a first-up 32-14 win over Brisbane at McDonald Jones Stadium last Sunday.

Scans have confirmed Southwell suffered a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in her right knee in the first half of the Knights historic victory over the Broncos.

She now faces surgery and a lengthy recovery period, but will remain a big part of the Knights NRLW campaign for the season to come.

Karpani’s elevation to the starting side is a just reward for a stellar performance from the interchange on Sunday, playing 42 minutes and making 21 tackles at 100% tackle efficiency.

The South Adelaide Bulldogs junior and 2021 Premiership winner’s place on the interchange has been taken by former Queensland Under 19 representative and Wests Brisbane Panthers product Makenzie Weale, who is in line to make her NRLW debut on Sunday on the Gold Coast.

For the Titans, Roxy Murdoch is replaced by Hailee-Jay Ormond-Maunsell on the interchange.

The experienced Tazmin Gray remains out with an ankle injury and at this stage there is still no place for veteran Jillaroo Annette Brander, who is included in the reserves. 


The Knights scored their maiden win in the NRLW competition with a 32-14 victory over the Brisbane Broncos last start.

The team scored six tries on their way to victory with Jesse Southwell, Caitlan Johnston, Bobbi Law and Tayla Predebon getting their first tries for the Club.

The Titans opened their season against the St George Illawarra Dragons, going down 26-12 in Wollongong last Sunday.

Gold Coast finished third in the 2021 competition earlier this year.


Jesse Southwell v Lauren Brown: The two No.7's will play a vital role for both teams on Sunday.

In her first game in the NRLW, Southwell starred with the Knights first try of the campaign plus 144 run metres and two line breaks.

The 17-year-old became the youngest player to debut in NRLW history.

Queensland Origin rep and sharpshooter Lauren Brown will be a danger for the Titans having kicked 19 goals last season and posted five try-assists.


Millie Boyle ran for a game-high 194 run metres in her Club debut against the Brisbane Broncos last round.

Hooker, Olivia Higgins, had two line-break assists and one try-assist in the win over the Broncos.

Yasmin Clydsdale made 34 tackles in the Broncos game at 94 percent completion.

In the sole fixture between the two clubs, the Titans took the two points 14-10 against the Knights in the last season.