St George Illawarra Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau expects the new additions in the forward-pack to perform well in the trial fixture against Wynnum-Manly Seagulls at Pinklands Oval, Redlands on Saturday.

The Toa Samoa international is part of the travelling squad named for the clash against their Queensland Cup opposition and will be joined by new additions Siliva Havili, who can also play as hooker, and Russell Packer.

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Other new recruits to the forward-pack including Mose Masoe and Sebastine Ikahihifo have been named in the Dragons squad to compete in the NRL Nines.

The Dragons ‘Player of the Year’ is keen to see his teammates in action and is also counting down the minutes until he too returns to the field competitively,” said Ah Mau.

“That was last year though and I am now focused on the season ahead.

“It’s been a long pre-season so it’ll be good to finally get a game to see where we’re at.

“We’ll see how we go in the trials and speaking for the forward-pack we’re working really well together.

“I’m glad guys like Mose Masoe and Russell Packer are on our team and I have played with both boys since we were all young.

“It’s good to have them both at training and they are pushing me to become even better as well which is what you need as a player.

“Russell is a competitive player who hates losing and everything he does is with total effort.

“From what I’ve seen he has been amongst the best trainers throughout the pre-season and I hope to see him go out there and perform well against Wynnum-Manly.

“He only knows one gear and that is one hundred percent.”

Wynnum-Manly Seagulls Squad:

Adam Quinlan, Jason Nightingale, Izaac Thompson
, Taane Milne
, Tom Carr
, Gareth Widdop (c), Leeson Ah Mau, Siliva Havili
, Russell Packer
, Will Matthews, Joel Thompson, Ben Creagh
, Mike Cooper, Tyrone McCarthy, Hame Sele
, Luciano Leilua.

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The Dragons have not named Benji Marshall (ankle) or Tyson Frizell (back) for either the NRL Auckland Nines tournament or the trial against Wynnum-Manly Seagulls as they continue their respective rehabilitation from off-season surgery.

Tickets for the pre-season fixture, proudly organised by Redlands Juniors, are now available for purchase. Capacity is limited so fans are encouraged to pre-purchase and get in early to avoid missing out.

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Dragons Red V Members as well as local sponsors and fans will have the opportunity to watch the Dragons train and meet the players at a function organised by Redlands Junior Rugby League Club and Wynnum-Manly. Details are as follows:

Dragons Open Training Session

Date: Friday, February 5

Time: 3:30pm

Venue: Redlands Junior Rugby League Club

Address: Pinklands Sporting Club, 226 Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, Thornlands

Dragons Meet & Greet

Date: Friday, February 5

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Venue: Wynnum Manly Leagues Club

Address: 92 Wondall Road, Manly West

Dragons v Wynnum-Manly Seagulls

Date: Saturday, February 6

Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Redlands Junior Rugby League Club

Address: Pinklands Sporting Club, 226 Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, Thornlands

Please note that Dragons Merchandise and Red V Membership will be available for purchase at each of the above mentioned events.

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