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Game day guide: Round 20 v Cowboys

St George Illawarra make a quick return to Kogarah's Netstrata Jubilee Stadium to take on the North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday, July 31. Here is your Round 20 game day guide.

Women in League Round

One of the most important weeks on the NRL calendar is here as we celebrate Women in League Round.  

Just as important now as when it was first introduced 16 years ago, Women in League Round is an opportunity to celebrate progress and those helping to drive it but also a chance to reflect on the work still to be done.

As part of the Women in League Round celebrations, the entire Dragons' 2022 NRLW squad will be at Gate A from 2:15 pm for a meet and greet with fans.

The NRL squad will also walk out onto the field alongside a significant female role model in their life before kick-off.

St George Illawarra Dragons v North Queensland Cowboys
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah

General public gates – 2pm
Under-16s Illawarra v Group 7 development game – 2:10pm
NRL kick-off: Dragons Cowboys – 4:05pm

No. 1 rotations

You'd be excused for pouring one out 10 minutes into the Dragons' last start win over the Sea Eagles when Cody Ramsey (knee) was assisted from the field.

Moses Mbye has been named in the No. 1 jersey as a result this week. But if last round was anything to go by, expect the Queensland Origin utility to share the role with the ever versatile Jack Bird.

Bird and Mbye transitioned between fullback and centres depending on whether the Dragons were in attack or defence against Manly.

There is an ace up the sleeve of coach Anthony Griffin for the Cowboys, however.  Enter Tyrell Sloan.

The local Dapto junior has been named in the Dragons' 17 for the first time since Magic Round. Aaron Woods joins Sloan in the team, with Tariq Sims named at lock. Ramsey and Jayden Sullivan (shoulder) are the two to make way.

Cotter watch

As it stands, the Cowboys are presenting as a consistent 17.

One name on the reserves will continue to intrigue up until one hour prior to kick-off though, Reuben Cotter.

The Queensland Origin and Indigenous All Stars forward hasn't played since he suffered a hamstring injury in the Cowboys' Round 15 warm-up.

Cotter will be a big in for the Cowboys' top four hopes if given the nod.

Time flies

The year was 2014. Ben Creagh was captain of the Red V, Anthony Griffin was head coach of the Broncos and Talatau Amone was a 12-year-old.

Eight years have passed since the last time the Cowboys visited Kogarah to do battle with the Dragons and a lot has changed in the rugby league landscape.

Current Dragons Tautau Moga and Tariq Sims both lined up for the Cowboys with Sims also bagging a try.

Despite the Cowboys' efforts, the Dragons ran home winners 27-24 in a tight match sealed by a Gareth Widdop field goal.

Future on show

Make sure you get through the gates early and get a glimpse at the future during the Under-16s invitational pathways development game between the Illawarra Steelers and Group 7.

The match kicks off at 2:10pm and will provide an opportunity to see what the Harold Matthews players can do ahead of the 2023 season.

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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