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TripADeal NRL team announcement: Round 18 v Panthers

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named his mandatory 21-man squad ahead of the Dragons' Round 18 clash against the Penrith Panthers at Panthers Stadium on Friday, July 19.

Ben Hunt has been rested, and has been replaced in the 17 by Dragons Canterbury Cup captain Darren Nicholls at halfback.

James Graham (broken leg) has been named at lock, with Blake Lawrie shifting to the front row in place of Jeremy Latimore (knee).

Josh Kerr and Patrick Kaufusi have also been named on the interchange, with Reece Robson and Jacob Host shifting back to the reserves.

Tyson Frizell will also celebrate his 150th NRL game against the Panthers. Making his debut for the Cronulla Sharks in 2011, Frizell has featured 137 times for the Red V so far in his illustrious career.

Frizell calls Dragons to arms

NRL squad for Round 18 v Penrith Panthers –

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. Corey Norman – sponsored by Illawarra Mercury/St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
7. Darren Nicholls – sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
8. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
9. Cameron McInnes (c) – sponsored by Floormania
10. Paul Vaughan – sponsored by My Muscle Chef
11. Tyson Frizell – sponsored by Val Morgan
12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
13. James Graham– sponsored by EFEX

14. Josh Kerr – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
15. Korbin Sims – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
16. Patrick Kaufusi – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
17. Luciano Leilua – sponsored by Domus Lighting
18. Reece Robson
19. Jacob Host
20. Tristan Sailor
21. Jason Saab

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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