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NRL knocks back Titans' Copley request

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017 Laine Clark

Injury depleted Gold Coast have received another blow with the NRL knocking back their request to play recruit Dale Copley in Friday night's clash with Parramatta.

Copley received a Sydney Roosters release and signed on Wednesday with Gold Coast - 24 hours after the Titans submitted their 21-strong squad for the Eels match.

The Titans had applied for a special exemption to inject Copley into their depleted backline or have him on standby as an injury replacement.

"Whilst we have some sympathy towards the Titans and their injury problems, in this case, Dale Copley was not a registered Titans player when the team lists were announced on Tuesday and the request was declined," a NRL statement said.

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