Gordon ditches Wallabies for 'massive' NRL switch

Gordon ditches Wallabies for 'massive' NRL switch

Carter Gordon has confirmed he will join the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans on a two-year deal.

Gordon has long been linked to a code switch.

Now, his cash-strapped Super Rugby Pacific club the Melbourne Rebels has folded and the 23-year-old has a new job.

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Carter Gordon of the Wallabies looks on during the Australia captain's run ahead of their Rugby World Cup France 2023 match against Wales.

Carter Gordon of the Wallabies looks on during the Australia captain’s run ahead of their Rugby World Cup France 2023 match against Wales. Chris Hyde via Getty Images

The Nambour product played eight Tests for the Wallabies and was part of the ill-fated Rugby World Cup campaign that resulted in Eddie Jones splitting with Rugby Australia.

Gordon is the latest high-profile rugby union player after Mark Nawaqanitawase to up sticks and join rugby league.

“I’m excited with the direction that rugby league is taking and the positive feeling around the game,” Gordon said.

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“At 23, I feel like I had to take this opportunity now.

“I’m under no illusions and understand that this will be a massive challenge. I was really impressed with the Titans and the professionalism they displayed in our meetings.

“I’ve loved my time with rugby as it’s given me the opportunity to represent my country which I’ll always appreciate.”

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Titans coach Des Hasler hailed Gordon’s impending arrival a major coup for the club.

“Carter has competed well in rugby, representing his country and playing at the World Cup,” Hasler said.

“What has impressed me is his attitude to test himself and take on the challenge of switching to a new code.

“He’s a skilful player who backs himself.”

With the Rebels knocked out of Super Rugby Pacific in the quarter-finals, Gordon’s season is over.

Gordon will be part of the Titans squad in 2025 and 2026.

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