NRL team: Round 25 v Knights

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named his mandatory 21-man squad ahead of the Dragons' Round 25 clash against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, September 1.

Jason Nightingale (elbow) and Euan Aitken's (hamstring) absences means Zac Lomax starts at centre and Jai Field comes on to the bench – with Matt Dufty named to start at fullback.

Blake Lawrie has been named in the 17 after being replaced by Jacob Host for the Bulldogs clash last weekend.

Patrick Herbert, Reece Robson and Hame Sele are the new faces in the 21 otherwise.

NRL squad for Round 25 v Knights:

1. Matt Dufty – sponsored by Illawarra Mercury/St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
2. Nene Macdonald – sponsored by Relativity in the Loop
3. Zac Lomax – sponsored by University of Wollongong
4. Tim Lafai – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
5. Jordan Pereira – sponsored by SMAI
6. Kurt Mann – sponsored by Dynamic Projects
7. Ben Hunt– sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
8. James Graham – sponsored by EFEX                                                  
9. Cameron McInnes (c) – sponsored by Floormania
10. Leeson Ah Mau – sponsored by My Muscle Chef
11. Tyson Frizell (c) – sponsored by Val Morgan
12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
13. Jack de Belin – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski

Interchange:
14. Jeremy Latimore – sponsored by Addbuild Additions
15. Jai Field – sponsored by Wollongong Diagnostics
16. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Westfund
17. Luciano Leilua – sponsored by Domus Lighting
18. Reece Robson
19. Patrick Herbert
20. Hame Sele
21. Jacob Host