St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named his mandatory 21-man squad ahead of the Dragons' Round 16 clash against the Melbourne Storm at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Thursday, July 4.
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With Tariq Sims, Paul Vaughan, Tyson Frizell (all New South Wales), Corey Norman and Ben Hunt (both Queensland) all selected for State of Origin III, there is a host of changes to the Dragons following their last start win over Cowboys.
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Jai Field and Darren Nicholls, fresh off guiding the Canterbury Cup Dragons to the top of the table, have been named in the halves in Norman and Hunt's absence.
Match: Dragons v Storm
Round 16 -
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Jeremy Latimore and Korbin Sims join a new-look front row, while Blake Lawrie and Luciano Leilua shift to the back row as a result of the Dragons selected for the Blues.
Josh Kerr joins Reece Robson on the bench, with the likes of Patrick Kaufusi, Mitch Allgood, Jackson Ford, Lachlan Timm and Tristan Sailor in line for their respective club and/or NRL debuts.
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Tim Lafai (syndesmosis) will also return in the centres for Lachlan Maranta, in a boost for the Dragons.
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NRL squad for Round 16 v Melbourne Storm –
1. Matt Dufty – sponsored by Dynamic Projects
2. Jonus Pearson – sponsored by SMAI
3. Euan Aitken – sponsored by University of Wollongong
4. Tim Lafai – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
5. Mikaele Ravalawa – sponsored by Tosich Group
6. Jai Field – sponsored by Illawarra Mercury/St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
7. Darren Nicholls – sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
8. Korbin Sims – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
9. Cameron McInnes (c) – sponsored by Floormania
10. Jeremy Latimore – sponsored by My Muscle Chef
11. Jacob Host – sponsored by Val Morgan
12. Luciano Leilua – sponsored by EFEX
13. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
14. Josh Kerr – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
15. Reece Robson – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
16. Patrick Kaufusi – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
17. Mitch Allgood – sponsored by Domus Lighting
18. Jordan Pereira
19. Jackson Ford
20. Lachlan Timm
21. Tristan Sailor