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St George Illawarra Dragons halfback Josh McCrone has been named to face the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Thursday.

The Temora Dragons junior will partner co-captain Gareth Widdop in the halves in lieu of Benji Marshall who will remain being monitored by medical staff as he overcomes a hamstring strain sustained last round.

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Head Coach Paul McGregor has named a 17-man squad for the fixture which also sees prop Russell Packer elevated to the starting forward-pack and Mike Cooper shifted to lock.

Furthermore, utility Jake Marketo will partner Tyson Frizell in the second-row following the one-week suspension of Joel Thompson.

The Dragons will be wearing a special Indigenous jersey for the fixture which was designed by local aboriginal artist Lani Balzan and represents the strong connection traditional owners have always had with country.

The Dragons jersey pays its respects to the Dharawal people and incorporates the three major totems of the Whale, Kangaroo and Snake which are all represented on the livery.

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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. Russell Packer
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Jake Marketo
13. Mike Cooper
14. Will Matthews
15. Dunamis Lui
16. Siliva Havili
17. Jacob Host

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Shoulder - Round 16); Ben Creagh (Knee - TBC); Dylan Farrell (Back - TBC); Yaw Kiti Glymin (Hamstring - Round 13); Benji Marshall (Hamstring - Round 12); Mose Masoe (Knee - Season); Joel Thompson (Suspension - Round 12).

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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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