Sunday's 6.30pm game between St George Illawarra and Cronulla at Campbelltown Stadium will now be held at 4.05pm.
The NRL has postponed Sunday's Canterbury v Sydney Roosters game at Bankwest Stadium until Monday to ensure player safety in relation to a potential biosecurity problem.
Dragons and Sharks officials have agreed to the earlier kick-off time with the NRL and the match will now be shown on free-to-air TV on Channel Nine as well as Foxtel.
• Nine (Sydney/Brisbane), GEM (Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth)
• Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
• Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
• Kayo Sports
• NRL app: Live Pass or Telstra customers
• Watch NRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific regions
• Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, 2GB/4BC, NRL Nation
There is pressure galore on the winless Dragons after they managed just two points in their past two matches.
Aside from rescuing their season, St George Illawarra will have plenty of reason to perform given the passion involved with a local derby against Cronulla.
The Sharks broke their 2020 duck last week with victory over the Cowboys and will now look to continue their recent dominance against the Red V, who they beat twice last season.
Shane Flanagan, now a Dragons assistant coach, will help plot against the team he guided to a maiden premiership in 2016.
Match: Dragons v Sharks
Round 5 -
Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney
Dragons: In a major reshuffle, Ben Hunt and James Graham will both start the match on the interchange bench. Corey Norman moves to five-eighth from fullback with Matt Dufty to start at fullback. Trent Merrin will start at lock. Jackson Ford and Jason Saab were the last two players omitted from the squad.
The Dragons are aiming to avoid a 0-5 start for the first time in the history of the joint venture. Korbin Sims and the departing Issac Luke were omitted 24 hours before kick-off with Jacob Host moving onto the interchange in jersey No.18.
Sharks: In one late change, Toby Rudolf will start the match, with Jack Williams dropping back to the interchange bench. Siosifa Talakai and Jackson Ferris were the last two players dropped from the squad. Matt Moylan and Royce Hunt were the players left out 24 hours out from kick-off. William Kennedy (No.19) will start at fullback. Only five Sharks players have experienced an NRL victory at Campbelltown.
Match: Dragons v Sharks
Round 5 -
Fullback for Dragons is number 17 Matt DuftyFullback for Sharks is number 19 William Kennedy
Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan PereiraWinger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan AitkenCentre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac LomaxCentre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele RavalawaWinger for Sharks is number 5 Mawene Hiroti
Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 1 Corey NormanFive-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam CluneHalfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Dragons is number 8 Josh KerrProp for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnesHooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul VaughanProp for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tyrell Fuimaono2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
Lock for Dragons is number 14 Trent MerrinLock for Sharks is number 16 Toby Rudolf
Interchange for Dragons is number 6 Ben HuntInterchange for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams
Interchange for Dragons is number 13 James GrahamInterchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Blake LawrieInterchange for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Jacob HostInterchange for Sharks is number 17 Scott Sorensen
- Referee: Henry Perenara
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Even after a win in which he set up three tries, Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson attracted some criticism. That kind of scrutiny is what Dragons pivot Ben Hunt has dealt with for the past couple of seasons. Both men are elite players at their best and can have a big say on the outcome of this match.