St George Illawarra Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor has made several changes to the line-up to face the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium, Canberra on Saturday.

Dragons fullback Josh Dugan returns to the starting line-up in place of Peter Mata'utia after overcoming an ankle injury sustained in the opening match of the season against the Melbourne Storm.

The custodian will make his 100th NRL first-grade appearance and be joined by debutant Euan Aitken, who replaces Dane Nielsen in the centres.

Furthermore, prop Mike Cooper is elevated to the starting forward-pack in lieu of George Rose who is omitted from the line-up due to the birth of his child.

Dragons utility Jake Marketo has also been given the chance to play his first game of the season after being named on the interchange bench.

24. Josh Dugan
2. Eto Nabuli
18. Euan Aitken
4. Dylan Farrell
5. Jason Nightingale (c)
6. Gareth Widdop
7. Benji Marshall
8. Leeson Ah Mau
9. Mitch Rein
17. Mike Cooper
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Joel Thompson
13. Jack de Belin
14. Trent Merrin
15. Heath L’Estrange
16. Rory O’Brien
19. Jake Marketo