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Debutant’s the new word

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By Melissa Tabet (Tigers Media)

The first two rounds of the 2021 Intrust Sup Cup season have seen the Suzuki Brisbane Tigers debut a whopping ten (10) new players.

From a Kiwi International and NRL Premiership winner to an Intrust Super Cup debutant, variety definitely isn’t missed.

Debut players in order of appearance:

Gerard BEALE – #1347

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

Beale joined the Tigers with an outstanding resume having played internationally for the New Zealand Kiwis, and in the 2016 Cronulla Sharks NRL Premiership winning side.

In 2020 he announced his retirement from the NRL after 194 games across 12 seasons with the Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Cronulla Sharks and New Zealand Warriors.

His experience will be key for the Tigers Intrust Super Cup campaign, and has already made an impact on teammates with being voted as part of the 2021 Leadership group.

Dean IEREMIA – #1348

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

Ieremia, a recently promoted Melbourne Storm Top 30 player is one of four new faces the Tigers have been allocated for the 2021 season.

He played for Storm in the NRL Nines in Perth last year and in the trial game against NZ Warriors before being one of the players whose season was hugely impacted by COVID-19 competition shutdowns.

Dean was due to play his second Intrust Super Cup game in Round 2 before a COVID breakout in Brisbane forced the NRL to withdraw NRL contracted players effective immediately.

Darren NICHOLLS – #1349

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

Nicholls who recently joined the Tigers for the 2021 season after returning to Queensland in 2020, made an immediate impact on teammates with being named the 2021 Club Captain.

Having tasted success with the Penrith Panthers in the New South Wales Cup and State Championship during his career, Nicholls is hungry to add an Intrust Super Cup premiership to his list of achievements.

Mitch FREI – #1350

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

Frei joined the Tigers for the 2021 season after stints with Souths Logan Magpies and Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

His career highlights include:

  • 2012 U20s QLD State of Origin side;
  • 2014, 2015 and 2017 QLD Residents side; and
  • 2016 Sydney Roosters – 7 NRL Premiership games.

Ioane SEIULI – #1351

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

After stints with the Gold Coast Titans and Souths Logan Magpies, Seiuli joined the Tigers for the 2021 season.

The 21-year old was a member of the Maroon’s 2020 Emerging Origin squad, and is a great addition to the Tigers edge in 2021.

Daniel (Dan) ATKINSON – #1352

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

Atkinson, another Melbourne allocated player is part of the Storm’s development squad for 2021.

The 20-year old Albany Creek junior was recruited from the Norths Devils having played in the 2019 Hastings Deering Colts competition.

Dan is eligible for the Tigers Intrust Super Cup and Hastings Deering Colts team.

Tagiolupe (Lupe) TIVALU – #1353

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 1 v Norths Devils

Another fresh face from the Melbourne Storm’s allocation is front-rower and Souths Logan Magpies junior Lupe Tivalu.

The 22-year old recently joined the Storm on a development contract to the end of 2022 after having been with the Sydney Roosters for the past three seasons.

Samuel (Sam) ELLIOT – #1354

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 2 v Townsville Blackhawks

Elliot re-signed with the Tigers for the 2021 season following stints with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Souths Logan Magpies.

With the COVID breakout in Brisbane forcing the NRL to withdraw NRL contracted players effective immediately from the competition, Elliot had his chance to debut for the Tigers.

The 23-year old prop impressed in his debut game earning the weekly Tigers ‘Mega Stats’ highlight.

Joseph (Joe) GILMOUR – #1355

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 2 v Townsville Blackhawks

Gilmour, a Wests Brisbane junior has been apart of the Brisbane Tigers system since 2018.

He has since played in the Tigers Mal Meninga Cup and Hastings Deering Colts teams and feeder club Carina in the Rugby League Brisbane A Grade competition.

The 21-year old forward impressed in the Tigers preseason trials and was one of three late call ups due to the removal of NRL contracted players.

Solomona FAATAAPE – #1356

Tigers debut: 2021 ISC Round 2 v Townsville Blackhawks

Faataape, played all of his junior rugby league for the Tigers before switching to Souths for one season in 2018.

He then returned in 2019 and has since played for the Tigers Hastings Deering Colts team and feeder club Bulimba in the Rugby League Brisbane A Grade competition.

The 20-year old centre had just finished playing in the Tigers Hastings Deering Colts trial match at home when he got the call up from Coach Buchanan.

A 2-hour plane ride to Townsville that afternoon and Intrust Super Cup debut the next day, Faataape has become the latest Tigers debutant.

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