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St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has finalised his 24-man squad for the 38th annual Charity Shield against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mudgee's Glen Willow Stadium on Saturday, February 27 (6:30pm).

Ben Hunt will lead the team for the first time while the likes of Daniel Alvaro, Jack Bird, Kaide Ellis, Poasa Faamausili, Max Feagai, Josh Kerr, Andrew McCullough, Cody Ramsey and Jayden Sullivan will all play their first Charity Shield game.

The Dragons have lost both their pre-season trials to the Sharks and Eels so far, although the Charity Shield will allow players who featured in more than 12 games last year to have their first taste of footy in 2021.

Proceeds from Saturday's Charity Shield 50-50 raffle will support the Dragons Community Foundation and in turn St George and Wollongong Public Hospitals.

The Rabbitohs have held on to the Charity Shield since 2013 (seven wins, one draw) including a 26-12 victory last year.

This will be the fourth consecutive edition of the annual pre-season fixture to be held in Mudgee.

In their 37 previous Charity Shield clashes, the Dragons and Rabbitohs have recorded 16 wins each, with the two clubs drawing on five occasions.

Dragons' 2021 Charity Shield team:

1. Matt Dufty
2. Cody Ramsey
3. Jack Bird
4. Zac Lomax
5. Jordan Pereira
6. Corey Norman
7. Ben Hunt (c)
8. Poasa Faamausili
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Paul Vaughan
11. Tariq Sims
12. Josh Kerr
13. Blake Lawrie

Interchange:
14. Adam Clune 
15. Kaide Ellis
16. Daniel Alvaro
17. Tyrell Fuimaono
18. Jackson Ford
19. Trent Merrin
20. Brayden Wiliame
21. Mikaele Ravalawa
22. Jaiyden Hunt
23. Max Feagai
24. Jayden Sullivan

Timings for 2021 Charity Shield –

Gates open: 5:30pm
Main game: 6:30pm