The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Sunday, May 9. This is your Round 9 game guide.
- Game day and ticketing information
- Round 9 squad locked and loaded
- See here for some cool retro wallpapers
Round 9 will see St George Illawarra help commence the centenary celebrations of one of its founding clubs, St George District.
The centenary celebration commencement will be spearheaded by a pre-game segment with the new inductees to St George District's legends walk of fame outside of Netstrata Jubilee Stadium's western grandstand; one of many centenary events to come in 2021.
St George Illawarra will also don the 'blood and bandages' (red and white hoops) jersey in tribute to the inaugural St George Dragons team of 1921. The match-worn jerseys will then be auctioned off after the match for your chance to own a slice of Dragons history.
Be sure to wear your Retro Dragons jerseys to the game, a few lucky fans will earn a jersey upgrade thanks to Classic Sportswear. Maybe something you can pass on to mum for Mother's Day perhaps?
Hashtag #HeritageRound on social media for your chance to get your post on the big screen at the game!
Testing times for Red V backline
The backline stocks at the Dragons are at an all-time low as further injuries and existing suspensions continue to cause havoc.
Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira are still serving suspensions from Round 7, while Round 8 wasn't kind to Zac Lomax and Cody Ramsey.
Lomax (dislocated thumb) will miss Sunday’s match, his centre void filled by Tyrell Fuimaono.
Ramsey (ribs) while named has been ruled out. Mat Feagai will make his NRL debut as a result, alongside Junior Amone who has forced his way into the Dragons' 17.
Amone last week featured in the Illawarra Steelers' grand final defeat and was named SG Ball Player of the Year.
On the contrary, big man Poasa Faamausili comes back into the side on the interchange bench following the backline changes.
Hear from general manager of football Ben Haran on the latest injury news regarding Lomax, Ramsey, Brayden Wiliame and Jayden Sullivan.
INC Injury update: Lomax set for lengthy stint
Settled Bulldogs hungry for more Ws
The Bulldogs have made just one positional change following their last start loss to the Parramatta Eels. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been named at fullback, with Nick Meaney moving to the wing for what will be his 50th NRL game.
The only injury concern weighing on Trent Barrett’s team selection this week was that of Dylan Napa, but the front-rower has recovered from a knock to the shoulder last week and has been named to start the match.
The Bulldogs return to the scene of their maiden 2021 victory from a fortnight ago (an 18-12 win over the Sharks) – Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.