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St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has finalised his 17 ahead of the Dragons' Indigenous Round clash against the Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium, Home of the Burramattagal People on Friday, May 28.

Gerard Beale has been named in the centres for his first game for the Dragons since Round 26, 2014. Talatau Amone reverts to the bench with Adam Clune named in the reserves.

Cody Ramsey and last start debutant Jaiyden Hunt have been named despite their HIA woes in the Dragons' Round 11 golden point loss to the Sharks. The same cannot be said for Max Feagai who has been replaced by Brayden Wiliame (calf) on the wing.

Tariq Sims returns from suspension in place of the coincidentally suspended Josh Kerr in the back row, while Paul Vaughan has been named to start in the front row in place of benched prop Poasa Faamausili.

Despite acting as the Dragons' 18th man last weekend, Daniel Alvaro still featured and returns to the 17 in place of reserves-bound forward Kaide Ellis.

Adam Clune joins Jayden Sullivan and Billy Brittain as the players to make way from Tuesday's initial 21-man squad.

The Dragons will wear their 2021 Indigenous jersey this weekend. All 17 jerseys, plus two team-signed items, will be auctioned off to raise funds for the club's Community Foundation.

Former players, local elders present 2021 indigenous jerseys

NRL team for Indigenous Round v Wests Tigers –

1. Cody Ramsey – sponsored by EFEX
2. Brayden Wiliame – sponsored by Aspec Masonry
3. Jack Bird – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
4. Gerard Beale – sponsored by Floormania
5. Jordan Pereira – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
6. Corey Norman – sponsored by TripADeal
7. Ben Hunt (c) – sponsored by Narellan Pools Illawarra
8. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Gym Solutions
9. Andrew McCullough – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
15. Poasa Faamausili – sponsored by Deicorp
11. Billy Burns – sponsored by Sneaky Burger
12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Modus Projects
13. Jackson Ford – sponsored by TLE Alexandria

10. Paul Vaughan – sponsored by Fox and Jones
14. Talatau Amone – sponsored by CMG Audio Visual
16. Daniel Alvaro – sponsored by Manna from Heaven
17. Jaiyden Hunt – sponsored by Professionals Padstow

18th man: 18. Kaide Ellis

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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