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St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has finalised his 17 ahead of the Dragons' Round 16 clash against the Warriors at Central Coast Stadium on Friday, July 2 (6pm).

Adam Clune joins Kaide Ellis and Jordan Pereira as the first players to drop out of Tuesday's initial 21-man squad.

Ben Hunt, Andrew McCullough and Tariq Sims have all been named to back up from Sunday's State of Origin clash won by New South Wales.

Matt Dufty (shoulder) returns at fullback at the expense of last start debutant Tyrell Sloan.

Zac Lomax (thumb) remains out of the side while Mikaele Ravalawa's four-game suspension has seen Jack Bird return to the centres and Gerard Beale shift to the wing.

Josh McGuire and Tyrell Fuimaono (both suspension) will make their long-awaited returns while Jackson Ford will act as 18th man.

In other news, the NSWRL have advised that all Knock On Effect Cup and Jersey Flegg competition matches and training sessions have been cancelled while the current state government health orders are in place.

NRL team for Round 16 v Warriors –

1. Matt Dufty – sponsored by EFEX
2. Cody Ramsey– sponsored by Aspec Masonry
3. Brayden Wiliame – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
4. Jack Bird – sponsored by Floormania
5. Gerard Beale – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
6. Corey Norman – sponsored by Carinya Village – Jindabyne
7. Ben Hunt (c) – sponsored by Narellan Pools Illawarra
8. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Gym Solutions
9. Andrew McCullough – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
10. Paul Vaughan – sponsored by Fox and Jones
11. Josh Kerr – sponsored by Sneaky Burger
12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Modus Projects
13. Jack de Belin – sponsored by TripADeal

14. Josh McGuire – sponsored by CMG Audio Visual
15. Billy Burns – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
16. Daniel Alvaro – sponsored by Manna from Heaven
17. Tyrell Fuimaono – sponsored by TLE Alexandria

18th man: 19. Jackson Ford – sponsored by TLE Alexandria

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