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Monday, Dec 9




SOMETIME over the pre-season, every NRL player will be taken to a dark place; at St George Illawarra that place lies at the southern end of Wanda Beach car park - Daily Telegraph


NRL reporter Nigel Wall lists Five key factors that can contribute to a big 2014 for the Dragons - NRL.com


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Friday, Dec 6




THE Big Red V is set to go up a size in 2014, with Kyle Stanley preparing to become the NRL's biggest halfback - Herald Sun


Surviving a couple of weeks of pre-season training may not sound like much, but for Kyle Stanley he thought he would never even be at this point - Illawarra Mercury


Fans of the Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons won't be happy that the NRL has scheduled a Saturday night for both local league derbies, games which would normally demand Sunday afternoon viewing and free-to-air TV coverage - The Leader


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Thursday, Dec 5




St George Illawarra Dragons have launched the 2014 Red V Membership program, following the release of the NRL season schedule - Dragons Official Website


The NRL released on Wednesday the 2014 Telstra Premiership schedule which sees the St George Illawarra Dragons commence their 2014 campaign with Sunday afternoon football against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday, March 9 - Dragons Official Website


He was bought to play fullback, is likely to end up in the centres and feels like he has to make his debut for the club all over again - yet you will hear no complaints from the ever-optimistic Gerard Beale - Illawarra Mercury


Bulked-up St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan wants to carry more weight into next NRL season, and he's throwing all of it behind under-pressure coach Steve Price - Illawarra Mercury


St George fullback Josh Dugan is keen to head into the 2014 season carrying a bit more weight as his side look to have a more physical presence - Daily Telegraph


The Dragons are moving to compensate frustrated Illawarra-based fans with WIN Stadium set to host marquee match-ups after the release of next year's draw - Illawarra Mercury


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Wednesday, Dec 4




The NRL have today released the 2014 Telstra Premiership schedule which sees the St George Illawarra Dragons commence their 2014 campaign with Sunday afternoon football against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday, March 9 - Dragons Official Website


The St George Illawarra Dragon have announced information concerning the State of Origin pre-sale for the 2014 season - Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarras shift to major Sydney stadiums for home games will put to an immediate test after the Dragons were drawn to host the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in round one next year - Illawarra Mercury


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Tuesday, Dec 3




St George Illawarra Dragons players tell us what they are looking forward to in 2014 ahead of the NRL Draw Release for the 2014 Premiership - Dragons Official Website


The NRL has confirmed the St George Illawarra Dragons will take on South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 5, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park on Saturday April, 5 - Dragons Official Website


The St George Illawarra Dragons analyse three expected match-ups against rivals the Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks - Dragons Official Website


The St George Illawarra Dragons NYC team are well and truly into their pre-season as they prepare for the upcoming 2014 campaign - Dragons Official Website


The ARL Commission's decision to ignore calls for stand-alone State of Origin matches to address player burnout has "disappointed but not surprised" the NRL's former chief medical officer - smh.com.au


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Monday, Dec 2




St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris bagged a double for the Australia Kangaroos in the 34-2 RLWC Grand Final victory over the New Zealand Kiwis at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday - Dragons Official Website


BRETT Morris knew he was putting himself in danger when he charged after Jarryd Hayne's kick and ended up smashing into an advertising sign at Old Trafford - Daily Telegraph


The safety fears of players and officials in both the Australian and New Zealand camps about the short in-goals and dramatic drop off at the sides of the elevated pitch were realised when Morris and Manu Vatuvei both went off the edge after chasing kicks - smh.com.au


Rugby league is a tough enough body-contact sport without subjecting our players to the dangerous conditions of Old Trafford at the World Cup final - Daily Telegraph


Josh Dugan knows Blake Ferguson got the same "kick up the bum" he did and he also knows how the sacked Raider can resurrect his NRL career - and it means not being entirely consumed by rugby league - Illawarra Mercury


St George Illawarra have added to their playmaking options for next season, signing Michael Witt on a one-year NRL deal - smh.com.au


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Friday, Nov 29




The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced the signing of Michael Witt until at least the end of the 2014 season. Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons duo Jason Nightingale and Brett Morris have both been named for New Zealand and Australia respectively ahead of the RLRC Final. Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons new recruit Matt Groat admits he is coming to terms with signing for his childhood Club. Illawarra Mercury


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Thursday, Nov 28




Australian coach Tim Sheens and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Kearney may be forced to make early decisions on the fitness of their injured stars as World Cup rules need them to name squads 48 hours before Saturday's final - Illawarra Mercury


St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Mitch Rein is elated to be starting pre-season training with the Red-and-Whites after spending his off-season in America - Dragons Official Website


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Wednesday, Nov 27




St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris and the Australia Kangaroos answer fan questions in an exclusive Meet the Team interview at the RLWC - Dragons Official Website


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Tuesday, Nov 26




The St George Illawarra Dragons would like to congratulate KidzWish for a successful Christmas Party held at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Friday - Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons winger Yaw Kiti Glymin is determined to excel in the Red-and-Whites pre-season training in an attempt to cement a spot in the first-grade squad in 2014 - Dragons Official Website


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Monday, Nov 25




St George Illawarra Dragons utility Kyle Stanley is eager to begin pre-season training with the Red-and-Whites after avoiding rugby league during his offseason break - Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons recruits Matt Groat and Peter Mata'Utia discuss pre-season in the Red V and their goals for 2014 - Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris was amongst the try-scorers as the Australia Kangaroos defeated Fiji Bati 64-0 at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday. - Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale and the New Zealand Kiwis defeated the England Lions 20-18 to secure their RLWC Grand Final spot at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday - Dragons Official Website


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Saturday, Nov 23




St George Illawarra Dragons new recruit Gareth Widdop has been named in the England Lions line-up against New Zealand on Saturday. Dragons Official Website


The St George Illawarra Dragons have added several players to break the alleged "hoodoo" against the Canberra Raiders. Daily Telegraph


St George Illawarra Dragons new recruit Mike Cooper admits he will do all he can this pre-season to earn a spot in the opening day line-up. Dragons Official Website


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Friday, Nov 22




St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale has been named in the New Zealand Kiwis line-up against England on Saturday. Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris has been named in the Australia Kangaroos line-up against Fiji on Saturday. Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons new recruit Sam Williams expects to endure a tough battle for a spot in the halves. Daily Telegraph


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Thursday, Nov 21




St George Illawarra Dragons Heads Coach Steve Price "Right Game Right Venue" is gearing-up for tough water ski challenge in the name of charity. Daily Telegraph


St George Illawarra Dragons prop Jack Stockwell is ready to step-up and be the Club's newest enforcer. Illawarra Mercury


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Wednesday, Nov 20




The St George Illawarra Dragons "Right Game Right Venue" strategy has received mixed reviews from leaders within the Illawarra. Illawarra Mercury


The St George Illawarra Dragons pair Trent Merrin and Jack Stockwell were both on hand to help support the recent i98 Camp Quality Convoy. Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra Dragons skipper Ben Creagh is mindful of how arduous pre-season training can be for the team but is adamant training will provide the Red V with the necessary tools to succeed next campaign - Dragons Official Website


St George Illawarra will benefit from an influx of new talent, according to hooker Mitch Rein, who says he isn't getting too far ahead of himself despite seeming destined for more responsibility in the absence of fellow hookers Cameron King and Nathan Fien - NRL.com


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Tuesday, Nov 19




As St George Illawarra report for what shapes as a long, hard pre-season, prop Dan Hunt believes the newly assembled squad is ready to emerge from the clubs 2010 premiership shadow - Illawarra Mercury


There's been widespread condemnation from political leaders, business and fans of the St George Illawarra Dragons decision to play four games a year in Wollongong and four at Kogarah, instead of six at each venue - ABC News


St George Illawarra have slashed their number of home games in Wollongong, but chief executive Peter Doust bluntly denied its part of a Dragons exit strategy from the region - Illawarra Mercury


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Monday, Nov 18




St George Illawarra Dragons captain Ben Creagh is positive that the upcoming pre-season will bring out the best in his teammates. Illawarra Mercury


St George Illawarra Dragons Head Coach Steve Price has called on the NRL to ban the three man tackle in all its forms. Daily Telegraph


The St George Illawarra Dragons officially returned to training to commence their conditioning and preparation for the 2014 Premiership season on Monday - Dragons Official Website


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Saturday, Nov 16




St George Illawarra Dragons lock Trent Merrin reflects on missing-out on a possible international debut with Australia due to late injury in 2013. Illawarra Mercury


St George Illawarra Dragons utility Kyle Stanley reveals his his battle with mild depression during his season-long stint on the sidelines last campaign. Daily Telegraph


St George Illawarra Dragons new-recruit Dylan Farrell admits it felt like the right move to join the Red V and return home. Illawarra Mercury


St George Illawarra Dragons utility Kyle Stanley reveals his his battle with mild depression during his season-long stint on the sidelines last campaign. Daily Telegraph


St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan reflects on the recent off-season offering an opportunity for him to mature. SMH


St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan reflects on the recent off-season offering an opportunity for him to mature. SMH


Fellow St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Gerard Beale admits he is unsure where he will play given teammate's Josh Dugan preferred preference as custodian. Australian


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