The St George Illawarra Dragons have made one change to their team for the upcoming pre-season trial fixture against the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls at Pinklands Oval, Redlands on Saturday.

To Samoa international Peter Mata’utia has been named in the centres for the upcoming fixture having originally been part of the NRL Auckland Nines squad.

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Furthermore, the Dragons will be joined by several members of the National Youth Competition squad including local juniors Izaac Thompson, Hame Sele and Luciana Leilua as well as Patrick Herbert.

Additionally, several members of the Illawarra Cutters have also been included for the trial with Shaun Nona being named at halfback and teammates Blake Wallace, Chris Lewis, Corey Brown, Sam Coster, Damien Sironen, Shannon Wakeman and Eric Newbigging all named on an extended interchange.

“We have a squad of 24 players including some junior coming through the ranks of the National Youth Competition system so we had to make sure we had a formidable pack to face the Seagulls,” said Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregror.

“We believe we have come up with the right mix for this trial and we want to present ourselves well at Wynnum-Manly to get ourselves ready for the following week when we play the Charity Shield.

“The most important thing at this time of the year is getting your cohesion right in time for the opening round of the season.”

1. Adam Quinlan
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Peter Mata’utia
4. Taane Milne
5. Izaac Thompson (NYC)
6. Gareth Widdop (c)
7. Shaun Nona (Illawarra Cutters)
8. Leeson Ah Mau
9. Siliva Havili
10. Russell Packer
11. Will Matthews
12. Joel Thompson
13. Ben Creagh
14. Hame Sele (NYC)
15. Tom Carr
16. Luciano Leilua (NYC)
17. Blake Wallace (Illawarra Cutters)
18. Chris Lewis (Illawarra Cutters)
19. Corey Brown (Illawarra Cutters)
20. Sam Coster (Illawarra Cutters)
21. Damien Sironen (Illawarra Cutters)
22. Shannon Wakeman (Illawarra Cutters)
23. Patrick Herbert (NYC)
24. Eric Newbigging (Illawarra Cutters)

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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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