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The St George Illawarra Dragons will defend the ANZAC Day Cup against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Monday.

The Dragons will be wearing a special jersey which will feature the Red V emblazoned with red poppies to commemorate the occasion.

The significance of the poppy is as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen, it was amongst the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium during the First World War.

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Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor has named a 17-man team for the traditional fixture which utility Josh McCrone named as halfback and prop Mike Cooper elevated to the starting forward-pack.

Furthermore, Euan Aitken has been named in centres as he continues his recovery from a minor hamstring strain sustained against the Gold Coast Titans last round.

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The annual ANZAC Day tradition and Cup between the Dragons and the Roosters was first introduced in 2002 to recognise the service people of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.

The ANZAC Day Cup has been contested on 14 occasions with the Dragons winning nine fixtures and the Roosters five.

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1. Josh Dugan
2. Kalifa Faifai Loa
3. Euan Aitken
4. Tim Lafai
5. Jason Nightingale
6. Gareth Widdop (c)
7. Josh McCrone
8. Leeson Ah Mau
9. Mitch Rein
10. Mike Cooper
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Joel Thompson
13. Jack de Belin
14. Russell Packer
15. Will Matthews
16. Dunamis Lui
17. Siliva Havili

Unavailable: Ben Creagh (Knee - Round 9); Dylan Farrell (Back - TBC); Yaw Kiti Glymin (Hamstring - Round 9); Benji Marshall (Hamstring - Round 9); Mose Masoe (Knee - Season).