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St George Illawarra NRL Telstra Women's Premiership coach Jamie Soward has finalised his 17 ahead of the Dragons' Round 5 clash against the Newcastle Knights at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday, September 18 (3:45pm).

Page McGregor and Kezie Apps have been rested. Shontelle Stowers (St George Illawarra player No. 64) and Chantel Tugaga will start in the centres and back row respectively.

Zali Hopkins retains her place at five-eighth. Taliah Fuimaono moves to the centres and Keele Browne will start from the bench. Keeley Davis and Quincy Dodd have also swapped places between hooker and the interchange. 

Talei Holmes and Monalisa Soliola were the other players to drop out of the Tuesday's initial 22-woman squad. Renee Targett and Aliti Namoce replace them on the interchange. Salma Nour is 18th woman.

The Dragons secured their place in the semi-finals last weekend following their thrilling golden point effort against the Brisbane Broncos. Regardless of Sunday's result, the Dragons will play Newcastle in week one of the finals.

NRL Women's Premiership team for Round 5 v Newcastle Knights –

1. Emma Tonegato – proudly sponsored by Professionals Padstow
2. Teagan Berry – proudly sponsored by Manna From Heaven
6. Taliah Fuimaono – proudly sponsored by City Project Group
21. Shontelle Stowers – proudly sponsored by St.George Bank
5. Andie Robinson – proudly sponsored by Classic Sportswear
19. Zali Hopkins – proudly sponsored by Makibe Australia
7. Rachael Pearson – proudly sponsored by CBC Group
8. Elsie Albert – proudly sponsored by Gearbox
14. Quincy Dodd – proudly sponsored by University of Wollongong
10. Tara McGrath-West – proudly sponsored by Deicorp
12. Shaylee Bent – proudly sponsored by The Lovechain
17. Chantel Tugaga – proudly sponsored by HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
13. Holli Wheeler (c) – proudly sponsored by ELMO Software

3. Keele Browne – proudly sponsored by TripADeal
9. Keeley Davis – proudly sponsored by EFEX
18. Renee Targett – proudly sponsored by Swysh
20. Aliti Namoce – proudly sponsored by Arc Energy

18th woman: 22. Salma Nour

Unavailable for selection

Tegan Dymock (shoulder) – indefinite

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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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