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The St George Illawarra Dragons may have enjoyed their first bye break of the season but it wasn't without its fair share of news. 

Jack de Belin, Josh Dugan and Tyson Frizell travelled north with the New South Wales Origin side, while five young Dragons were picked to play in the Under-20s Origin curtain raiser.

It also offered the opportunity to take a look back at the positive starts to the season that Illawarra and the Dragons' NYC teams have had.


The Illawarra Mercury's Tim Barrow was outraged prop Paul Vaughan was overlooked for the New South Wales Origin side

Jai Field, Reuben Garrick, Blake Lawrie and Reece Robson were all picked for New South Wales Under-20s while Tristan Sailor will play for Queensland – Dragons Official Website

Dugan discusses his battle for fitness considering his fractured cheekbone suffered while playing for the Kangaroos in the Trans-Tasman Test in May –

There was some unfortunate news for utility Siliva Havili, who will face four months out after rupturing his pectoral – Dragons Official Website

Frizell may be shifted to the back row for New South Wales in name of rattling the cage of Queensland debutant Anthony Milford in Origin I – Sydney Morning Herald

Under-20s coach Wayne Collins has his say on his side's season so far following their last-gasp win over the Warriors in Round 11 – Dragons Official Website

Frizell writes an exclusive column for ahead of his third Origin for New South Wales

The Dragons Official Website takes a look back at the season that's been for the reigning Intrust Super Premiership premiers Illawarra in 2017.

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