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NRL late mail: Round 21 v Raiders

St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has finalised his squad ahead of the Dragons' Round 21 clash against the Canberra Raiders on Friday, August 6 at CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast.

Poasa Faamausili joins Jayden Sullivan and Daniel Alvaro as the players to drop out of Tuesday's initial 21-man squad. Matt Dufty is 18th man.

Ben Hunt (arm) has been ruled out for at least the next four games. Adam Clune and Corey Norman are the new halves pairing with Talatau Amone and Jayden Sullivan dropping back to the interchange and extended squad respectively.

Zac Lomax and Cody Ramsey are the new centre pairing as a result. Andrew McCullough has been named captain in Hunt's absence.

Josh Kerr and Gerard Beale round out the dozen suspensions following the Shellharbour incident in early June, while Tyrell Fuimaono will be forced to spend another week on the sideline after accepting an early guilty plea on a dangerous contact charge.

Mikaele Ravalawa returns from suspension on the wing, while Josh McGuire, Blake Lawrie and Jack de Belin have all been named to start in the forwards. Kaide Ellis reverts to the interchange and Poasa Faamausili drops to the wider squad.

Jack Bird has been named at fullback at the expense of Tyrell Sloan who drops out of the 21 altogether.

Updated NRL squad for Round 21 v Canberra Raiders –

1. Jack Bird – sponsored by EFEX
2. Mat Feagai– sponsored by Aspec Masonry
3. Cody Ramsey – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
4. Zac Lomax – sponsored by Floormania
5. Mikaele Ravalawa – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
6. Corey Norman – sponsored by Carinya Village – Jindabyne
7. Adam Clune – sponsored by Narellan Pools Illawarra
8. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Gym Solutions
9. Andrew McCullough (c) – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
10. Josh McGuire – sponsored by Fox and Jones
11. Billy Burns – sponsored by Sneaky Burger
12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Modus Projects
13. Jack de Belin – sponsored by TripADeal

14. Talatau Amone – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
15. Jackson Ford – sponsored by TLE Alexandria
16. Jaiyden Hunt – sponsored by Manna from Heaven
17. Kaide Ellis – sponsored by CMG Audio Visual

18th man: 18. Matt Dufty

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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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