TITANS front-rower Luke Douglas will celebrate his 200th consecutive NRL match when he runs out against the Broncos at CBus Super Stadium tonight.
The Queensland derby will kick-off round 6 of the NRL as the Gold Coast looks to keep their spot at the top of the ladder.
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Centre Maurice Blair comes in for Brad Tighe.
The game will be made even more special for Douglas, who has not missed one match with injury since making his debut for Cronulla in 2006.
At close hand cheering him on during his milestone will be Down Syndrome sufferers and their families.
Douglas has long been a supporter, since his late mother Trish worked as a teacher’s aide in his hometown of Yamba, particularly with children of special needs.
About 40 members of Down Syndrome Association of Queensland (DSAQ), including parents and carers, attended Titans’ training on Tuesday where they met the players and participated in a range of activities.
Tonight 26 lucky children with Down Syndrome will accompany the players from both sides onto the field when they walk out for the big local derby, while 233 DSAQ members watch from the stands wearing custom DSAQ shirts.
Luke will dedicate his 200th appearance to Trish and her great community spirit and her inspiration lives on through his benevolence with several community initiatives, including DSAQ.
Kick off is at 7.40pm.