The St George Illawarra Dragons will field up to five Club debutants for their opening match of the new season when they host the Melbourne Storm at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Monday.
Head Coach Paul McGregor has named a 19-man squad for the opening round Emergency Services clash which will see both local Hurstville United junior prop Rory O’Brien and Fijian international winger Eto Nabuli potentially make their first-grade debuts.
Furthermore, new recruit Dane Nielsen and George Rose, both of whom have previously played for the Storm, as well as hooker Heath L’Estrange have all been named in the extended squad.
“We are excited that the new season has arrived and everyone is looking forward to start the new year in front of our home supporters at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah,” said McGregor.
“It has been a long pre-season, the squad has worked extremely hard and there has been great competition for places in this opening round.
“The Melbourne Storm are always a tough and competitive football team, it will be a great challenge, but one to which we have have all been counting down”.
1. Josh Dugan
2. Eto Nabuli
3. Dane Nielsen
4. Dylan Farrell
5. Jason Nightingale
6. Gareth Widdop
7. Benji Marshall
8. Leeson Ah Mau
9. Mitch Rein
10. George Rose
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Joel Thompson
13. Ben Creagh (c)
14. Rory O'Brien
15. Trent Merrin
16. Mike Cooper
17. Jack de Belin
19. Jake Marketo
21. Heath L'Estrange
Unavailable: Dan Hunt (Knee-TBC); Will Matthews (Wrist-Round 2).
The Emergency Services Cup is an initiative between the Dragons and the Storm, with the support of the New South Wales and Victorian Governments, established in 2009.
It recognises all the Emergency Services personnel who give up their services to the communities of both States.
All Emergency Services personnel who attend the fixture upon display of appropriate identification will be provided with free entry to the General Admission area.
Furthermore, become a Red V Member today and March With Us in time for the first home game against the Storm to go into the draw to win $10,000!
Plus there are eight great weekly prizes up for grabs in the lead up to the major prize draw including Corporate Hospitality for you and three friends, Dragons Team Store Merchandise Vouchers and Platinum Fitness First Memberships.