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NRL late mail: Round 2

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has finalised his 17 ahead of the Dragons' Round 2 clash against the Penrith Panthers at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Friday, March 20.

The Dragons are 1-17. Euan Aitken and Jackson Ford join Tristan Sailor and Adam Clune as the players to drop out of the initial 21-man squad named on Tuesday.

Mikaele Ravalawa (quad) and Tariq Sims (suspended) have been ruled out, paving the way for Matt Dufty to return from a fractured cheekbone for his 50th NRL game.

Tyrell Fuimaono will make his starting debut for the Red V in the back row, with Jacob Host named on the interchange.

Winning is No.1 is priority for Lomax

A reminder, that the code-wide decision by the NRL to play Round 2 of the Telstra Premiership in closed venues follows the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison's suspension of all public gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday, March 16.

The Dragons will comply, in the name of health and safety, with any and all future directives from the NRL, State and Federal Governments.

NRL team for Round 2 v Penrith Panthers

1. Matt Dufty – sponsored by Baytek Construction
2. Jordan Pereira – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
3. Brayden Wiliame – sponsored by University of Wollongong
4. Tim Lafai – sponsored by Nutrition Station
5. Zac Lomax – sponsored by Floormania
6. Corey Norman – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
7. Ben Hunt (c) – sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
8. James Graham – sponsored by EFEX
9. Issac Luke – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
10. Paul Vaughan – sponsored by Fox Property
11. Tyson Frizell (c) – sponsored by Modus Projects
12. Tyrell Fuimaono – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
13. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by SMAI
14. Trent Merrin – sponsored by Dynamic Projects
15. Josh Kerr – sponsored by CMG
16. Billy Brittain – sponsored by TripADeal
17. Jacob Host – sponsored by Professionals Padstow

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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