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Game day guide: #Macca300 v Rabbitohs

The Dragons return to one of its spiritual homes with a special milestone to celebrate as we clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. This is your Round 15 game day guide.


The country boy from Dalby who defied the odds to become one of the NRL's longest serving hookers is set to reach the momentous milestone of 300 NRL games on Thursday.

McCullough made his debut as a fresh faced 18-year-old for the Brisbane Broncos in 2008, becoming the first player born in the 1990s to play in the top grade.

It wasn't long until McCullough became a mainstay in the Brisbane side, guiding them to 10 finals appearances during his 13 seasons at the club.

A brief stint at the Newcastle Knights preceded his arrival to St George Illawarra in 2021 where he has added a further 30 games to his resume since.

More Macca

Joining the NRL's 300 club already puts Macca in rare air, but the feat is evidently more difficult for those who don the number nine jersey.

McCullough is just the fifth recognised hooker to reach 300 NRL games, surviving years of hard running front rowers and crash plays and all the while costing clubs' thousands of dollars on head tape.

Only fellow dummy-halves Cameron Smith, Robbie Farah, Luke Priddis and John Morris before him have reached the milestone.

Even more Macca

In a strange coincidence only the rugby league gods could conjure, McCullough's 300th will also be his 200th game alongside Ben Hunt and Josh McGuire.

When you include finals, Origin appearances and World Club Series, McCullough has shared the field with each 199 times to date.

While there's some doubt over McGuire's availability, Thursday is even more significant for Macca given he'll notch up the rare feat alongside best mate Hunt.

Back in No. 9

If you haven't had enough of Andrew McCullough, well this is the spiel for you!

The triple-centurion has been named in the No. 9 jersey in place of benched utility Moses Mbye. 

McCullough's move to the starting team coincides with the returns of wingers Mikaele Ravalawa (hamstring) and Mat Feagai (non-Covid illness).

The absence of Josh McGuire (groin) has caused a forward pack reshuffle with Tariq Sims ultimately named to return at lock. 

2022 indigenous jersey returns

It's Indigenous Round take two this weekend as the Dragons and South Sydney will once again don their 2022 indigenous jerseys.

The highly celebrated jersey designed by proud Torres Strait Islander Joanne Nikki returns to the fold in winning form.

The Dragons last wore it in Round 12 in the win against the Bulldogs, a game that will be forever remembered for the special moment when Blake Lawrie scored his first NRL try in 91 games.

Hopefully the jersey continues its winning record against South Sydney.

Keep an eye out post-game too, as all indigenous playing jerseys will be auctioned off after Thursday night's proceedings. All proceeds will go to the Dragons Foundation.

Keeping promises

Latrell Mitchell is inching closer to a long injury layoff but it won't be against the Red V, as assured by Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou at the top of the week.

There's just the one change to the South Sydney team that beat Gold Coast with Blake Taaffe joining the bench and Peter Mamouzelos dropping to the reserves.

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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