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St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has finalised his 17 ahead of the Dragons' Round 23 clash against the Sydney Roosters at Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba on Sunday, August 22 (2pm).

Adam Clune joins Jordan Pereira and Jaiyden Hunt as the players to make way from Tuesday's initial 21-man squad. Poasa Faamausili will act as 18th man.

Tariq Sims will captain the team in the absence of Ben Hunt (arm) and Andrew McCullough (ankle). Sims returns from suspension at lock with Jack de Belin shifting to front row due to Blake Lawrie's (hand) unavailability.

Josh McGuire moves to hooker and Kaide Ellis has been named to start in absence of McCullough. Daniel Alvaro returns to the 17 for the first time since Round 16. 

Jack Bird will shift to the centres for the returning Matt Dufty who will don the No.1 jersey.

Talatau Amone has been named for his club debut in the halves. Jayden Sullivan has also been promoted to the interchange.

NRL team for Round 23 v Sydney Roosters –

1. Matt Dufty– sponsored by EFEX
2. Mat Feagai– sponsored by Aspec Masonry
3. Jack Bird – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
4. Zac Lomax – sponsored by Floormania
5. Mikaele Ravalawa – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
6. Talatau Amone – sponsored by Carinya Village – Jindabyne
7. Corey Norman – sponsored by Narellan Pools Illawarra
8. Kaide Ellis – sponsored by Gym Solutions
9. Josh McGuire – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
10. Jack de Belin – sponsored by TripADeal
11. Billy Burns – sponsored by Manna from Heaven
12. Tyrell Fuimaono – sponsored by Fox and Jones
13. Tariq Sims (c) – sponsored by Modus Projects

14. Jayden Sullivan – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
15. Josh Kerr – sponsored by Sneaky Burger  
16. Daniel Alvaro– sponsored by CMG Audio Visual
17. Jackson Ford – sponsored by TLE Alexandria

18th man: Poasa Faamausili

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