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This week in St George Illawarra history

Take a trip down memory lane with the St George Illawarra Dragons each week as we re-visit the highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations of the Red V.


More than 40 players from Illawarra, Manly, St George and Wests attend a meeting at St George Leagues Club to receive an update from the ARL about the latest developments in the ongoing Super League conflict.

St George players and coach Brian Smith also meet with Super League representatives to determine "what was on offer" while News Limited threaten to cut the Illawarra Steelers from their plans unless they reinstate coach Graham Murray.          

Both St George and Illawarra would eventually side with the ARL upon the competition splitting in 1997.


St George Illawarra breakthrough for their first win of the season by toppling previously undefeated Manly 32-6 at WIN Stadium. "We’re back," then Dragons coach Nathan Brown said. "We could have capitulated but didn’t. That’s the monkey off our back."

The Dragons would only lose a further four games in the regular season before their untimely defeat to eventual premiers Wests Tigers in the preliminary finals.


St George Illawarra centre Matt Cooper declares full-time on his representative career after starring in the Dragons’ 25-6 Heritage Round victory over Canterbury at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


Dragons premiership-winning forward Dean Young announces he will retire at the end of the season due to a chronic knee injury. Paying tribute to the unassuming star, then Dragons coach Wayne Bennett said: "Dean Young never found an excuse in his life. He's my inspiration."

Young picked up a clipboard not too long into his retirement and is currently one of the Dragons' assistant coaches.


The NRL grant permission for former Kiwi Test prop Russell Packer to resume his career following his imprisonment on an assault charge. Packer is cleared to play NSW Cup with Shellharbour, and if he makes a successful return the Dragons can attempt to lodge a contract to permit him to return to the NRL in 2016.

Packer was successfully signed by the Dragons in 2016, playing 41 games before departing for the Wests Tigers ahead of the 2018 season.


St George Illawarra five-eighth Corey Norman kicks his second match-winning field goal in as many games to lift the Dragons to a 13-12 golden point win over Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium.

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