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The St George Illawarra Dragons will have 11 players and two 2018 recruits feature in the opening week of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Dragons duo Josh Dugan and Tyson Frizell have been named at centre and in the back row respectively for Australia's huge clash against England at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. 2018 recruit Ben Hunt was also named in the Kangaroos' wider 21-man squad.

Australia will come up against Dragons skipper Gareth Widdop and another 2018 recruit in James Graham in Melbourne.

Nene Macdonald was named in the centres for Papua New Guinea to play against Wales in Port Moresby, while Tongan duo Taane Milne and Joe Lovodua will feature for Fiji against the United States of America in Townsville.

Departing Dragons prop Russell Packer was named on the bench for New Zealand for their huge clash against Samoa in Auckland. Toa Samoa will feature Dragons duo Tim Lafai and Leeson Ah Mau at centre and lock respectively.

Two Dragons will also feature in a double-header scheduled for Barlow Park in Cairns, with Paul Vaughan named to start in the front-row for Italy against Ireland and Siliva Havili named at hooker for Tonga in their clash against Scotland.

See the entire list of  Rugby League World Cup line-ups here

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