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St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named his mandatory 21-man squad ahead of the Dragons' Round 1 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville on March 16.

Mikaele Ravalawa (St George Illawarra player #218) will make his NRL debut on the wing, and will be joined by five-eighth Corey Norman (#219) as the Dragons' first debutants of 2019.

Skipper Gareth Widdop's move to fullback has been formalised, with Matt Dufty moving back to the interchange as a result. Jacob Host has been named in the back row with Tyson Frizell named at lock.

Round 1 of the Telstra Premiership will see all 16 clubs support the North Queensland Flood Appeal; the NRL will donate $100 for every point scored across the eight games.

The Dragons will support the appeal by donating a signed jersey to North Queensland's online memorabilia auction. The two club captains Widdop and Michael Morgan will also sign a match-day football that will be included in the Cowboys' fundraising efforts. Details for this auction will be communicated at a later date.

Unavailable Dragons:
Jack de Belin (welfare)
Korbin Sims (suspension)

NRL squad for Round 1 v North Queensland Cowboys -

  1. Gareth Widdop – sponsored by Dynamic Projects
  2. Jordan Pereira – sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
  3. Euan Aitken – sponsored by University of Wollongong
  4. Tim Lafai – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
  5. Mikaele Ravalawa – sponsored by SMAI
  6. Corey Norman – sponsored by Illawarra Mercury/St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
  7. Ben Hunt – sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
  8. James Graham – sponsored by EFEX
  9. Cameron McInnes – sponsored by Floormania
  10. Paul Vaughan – sponsored by My Muscle Chef
  11. Jacob Host – sponsored by Val Morgan
  12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
  13. Tyson Frizell – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski


14. Jeremy Latimore – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
15. Matt Dufty – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
16. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
17. Luciano Leilua – sponsored by Domus Lighting
18. Zac Lomax – sponsored by Tosich Group
19. Josh Kerr
20. Reece Robson
21. Jonus Pearson

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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