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St George Illawarra Dragons centre Charly Runciman will make his first appearance of the season after being named to face the Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith on Saturday.

The St John’s Dubbo junior, who recently agreed to terms on a new two-year contract extension, is a graduate of the Dragons National Youth Competition team who fittingly made his first-grade debut against the Panthers in round 16 last season.

Runciman, 20, is part of an 18-man squad named by Head Coach Paul McGregor that also includes returning hooker Mitch Rein following his one-game suspension.

1. Adam Quinlan
2. Peter Mata’utia
3. Charly Runciman
4. Gerard Beale
5. Jason Nightingale
6. Gareth Widdop
7. Benji Marshall
8. Ben Creagh (c)
9. Mitch Rein
10. Mike Cooper
11. Leeson Ah Mau
12. Joel Thompson
13. Tyson Frizell
14. Jack de Belin
15. Will Matthews
16. Shane Pumipi
17. Bronson Harrison
18. Craig Garvey

Unavailable: Josh Dugan (NSW-State Of Origin); Dylan Farrell (Pectoral Muscle-Round 18); Dan Hunt (Groin-Under Observation); Trent Merrin (NSW-State Of Origin); Brett Morris (Shoulder-Round 21); Kyle Stanley (Hamstring-Under Observation); Jack Stockwell (Foot-Round 16); Michael Witt (Knee-To Be Confirmed).