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The St George Illawarra Dragons will host traditional rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SCG on Sunday (kick-off 4.00pm).

Dragons winger Jason Nightingale will make his 200th first-grade appearance at this historic venue having made his debut during the 2007 campaign.

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The New Zealand international is part of a 17-man team named by Head Coach Paul McGregor which also sees Josh Dugan (hamstring) named as fullback in lieu of the injured Kurt Mann who has been recovering from an ankle injury.

Furthermore, Euan Aitken has been named to partner Tim Lafai in the centres while Peter Mata'utia has been named on the wing.

Dragons second-rower Will Matthews has been named on a four-man bench which also includes co-captain Ben Creagh, prop Jack de Belin and hooker Siliva Havili.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have named a 19-man squad for the fixture which sees fullback Greg Inglis named as captain.

1. Greg Inglis (c)
2. Alex Johnston
3. Bryson Goodwin
4. Hymel Hunt
5. Aaron Gray
6. Cody Walker
7. Luke Keary
8. George Burgess
9. Cameron McInnes
10. David Tyrrell
11. Paul Carter
12. Kyle Turner
13. Sam Burgess
14. Damien Cook
15. Jason Clark
16. Nathan Brown
17. Kirisome Auva'a
18. Chris Grevsmuhl
19. Michael Oldfield

Key Match-Up

Dragons lock Mike Cooper will face his opposite number Sam Burgess during the scrummage at the historic venue.

Cooper averaged 37 tackles and 114 metres per game last season and will be looking to repeat that this campaign, his third in the NRL.

Burgess, meanwhile, is charging for almost 160 metres per game so far this season and last week popped an absurd nine offloads to get his team rolling ahead nicely.


The Dragons have lost their previous seven out of eight encounters against the Rabbitohs incuding their previous four fixtures.

In recent seasons, the Dragons have won 15 of their fixtures over the Rabbitohs who have mustered 10.

Game Day Activations

The fixture will be recognising and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Premiership - the last in the world record run of 11 Premierships between 1956-1966.

The Dragons will have a “History Walk” activation with different pieces of memorabilia celebrating the historic 11 Premiership wins at the Victor Trumper Concourse (Level 1).

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Jersey Information & Auction

The Dragons will also commemorate the occasion by wearing a special Heritage Jersey recognising the 11-straight Premierships and 85 players involved.

The Dragons player-worn Heritage Jerseys will be available for auction via the official website between Thursday, March 17-Thursday, March 24.


Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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