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NRL team: Trial v Newcastle Knights

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named a 27-man squad for the Dragons' first NRL pre-season trial against the Newcastle Knights at No. 1 Sportsground, Maitland on Saturday, February 22.

The Dragons will be without Cameron McInnes (knee), Korbin Sims (arm) and Matt Dufty (cheekbone) following the NRL Perth Nines last weekend.

Cody Ramsey (shoulder) has been rested for the weekend following his starring performance in Perth, alongside Trent Merrin.

Tyrell Fuimaono, Josh Kerr and Issac Luke are unavailable for selection due to their respective NRL All Stars commitments on the Gold Coast this week.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor is eager to see the club kick on from its positive NRL Perth Nines campaign last weekend.

"Our success on the field in Perth was a really pleasing way to commence our pre-season trials," McGregor said.

"The weekend will present several players – particularly those who have just participated in their maiden NRL pre-season – a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talent against Newcastle.

"We will also see several regulars for the first time in 2020, which should prove further excitement for Red V members and fans."

All three senior grades will play against the Knights on Saturday, with first grade to commence at 5:30pm.

Dragons NRL pre-season trial team to play Newcastle Knights (alphabetical):

Euan Aitken, Eddie Blacker, Adam Clune, Mathew Feagai, Max Feagai, Jackson Ford, Tyson Frizell, Luke Gale, James Graham, Ben Hunt, Jacob Host, Tim Lafai, Blake Lawrie, Hayden Lomax, Zac Lomax, Joe Lovodua, Corey Norman, Jordan Pereira, Mikaele Ravalawa, Jason Saab, Tristan Sailor, Shaun Sauni-Esau, Tariq Sims, Jayden Sullivan, Paul Vaughan, Brayden Wiliame, Tyran Wishart.

Timings for Saturday's triple-header:

1:30pm: Jersey Flegg kick-off
3:30pm: Canterbury Cup NSW kick-off
5:30pm: NRL kick-off