St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan will make his return in the Men Of League Heritage Round clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SCG on Saturday.
The NSW Blues representative will take to the field for the first time this season after overcoming a knee injury sustained against the Rabbitohs during the pre-season Charity Shield fixture.
Head Coach Steve Price has named a 20-man squad for the marquee match which also sees halfback Michael Witt (shoulder) and Dan Hunt (knee) back from their respective injuries.
“It’s an honour to be able to run out wearing the Red V for the first time at the SCG which is such an historic venue that every players wants to play at,” said Dugan.
“I’ve been in rehabilitation for nearly six weeks now and started running about a fortnight ago so I am looking forward to running out again.
“Souths are a strong team with a proud history much like our own and it should be a good game for everyone to enjoy on Saturday.
1. Josh Dugan
2. Brett Morris
3. Dylan Farrell
4. Gerard Beale
5. Jason Nightingale
6. Gareth Widdop
7. Michael Witt
8. Tyson Frizell
9. Mitch Rein
10. Dan Hunt
11. Leeson Ah Mau
12. Ben Creagh (c)
13. Trent Merrin
14. Jack de Belin
15. Kyle Stanley
16. Joel Thompson
17. Mike Cooper
18. Adam Quinlan
20. Jack Stockwell
25. Bronson Harrison
The Dragons and Rabbitohs have played at the historic SCG a combined total of 678 games (St George Illawarra 359, South Sydney 319) more than any other Clubs in the game.
The match also marks the first time in NRL History a formal “gate share arrangement” between the Clubs.
Red V and Rabbitohs Members have reciprocal rights at this game and the return match at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park in Round 12.
Ticket purchases support both Clubs, irrespective of the Club fans support.
A special “Generation Pack” (one Adult and one child) Ticket offer is in play for this occasion with ticket options available from $25.
Men of League was established in 2002 with the primary objective being to provide assistance and support to players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game, as well as members of their families and the broader rugby league community.
All monies raised during Heritage Round will go towards ensuring MOL can continue in its welfare efforts for those in our game in need.