St George Illawarra Dragons NRL interim coach Ryan Carr and NRLW head coach Jamie Soward have named their respective squads for their clashes this weekend.
NRLW FINAL TEAM: The Dragons are 1-17 with Kaarla Cowan the replacement player.
NRL FINAL TEAM: The final team list is unchanged from Tuesday. Zane Musgrove remains 18th man.
The NRL side will take on the Wests Tigers in Round 21 of the Telstra Premiership on Thursday night at WIN Stadium whilst the NRLW squad will make the trip up to McDonald Jones Stadium to face the Newcastle Knights on Saturday afternoon in Round 1 of the 2023 Telstra Women's Premiership.
Skipper Ben Hunt returns to the NRL side after playing 40 minutes for Queensland last Wednesday night.
He replaces Jayden Sullivan at halfback after the 21-year-old playmaker picked up a hamstring strain in the side’s Round 19 outing that is set to sideline him for at least six weeks.
Jaydn Su’A is also missing for the Red V after opting to undergo season-ending surgery to stabilise a shoulder subluxation that he picked up earlier in the season.
In a boost for the Dragons, Jack Bird is set to make his return from a knee complaint after two successful hit-outs at Knock On Effect Cup level whilst Tyrell Sloan returns from a calf issue that forced him to miss a game to replace Paul Turner at the back.
Dan Russell retains his spot in the side after impressing on debut against the Raiders a fortnight ago running for 66 metres and making 20 tackles in 46 minutes.
He will start at second row with Ben Murdoch-Masila ruled out due to a grade two medial ligament sprain in his left knee.
Jaiyden Hunt, Max Feagai and Ryan Couchman dropped off the reserves list in the 24-hour update.
For Soward, Raecene McGregor skippers the side at halfback with rugby sevens standout and NRLW debutant Tyla Nathan-Wong partnering her in the halves.
Teagan Berry makes the move to fullback with familiar faces Keele Browne named at centre, Tara McGrath-West up front, Renee Targett at hooker and Zali Hopkins on the interchange.
10 players will be making their club debut with Nathan-Wong, Shenai Lendill, Alexis Tauaneai, Ella Koster and Jamilee Bright also making their NRLW debuts.
Offseason recruit Bobbi Law partners Browne in the centres as she faces off against the club that she won a premiership with a season ago.
Maddison Weatherall will come off the interchange in her first NRLW appearance since October 2020.
Dragons Round 21 NRL Team List
1. Tyrell Sloan - sponsored by EFEX
2. Mathew Feagai - sponsored by Aspec Masonry
3. Moses Suli - sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports
4. Zac Lomax - sponsored by Floormania
5. Mikaele Ravalawa - sponsored by Wollongong City Jetski
6. Talatau Amone - sponsored by React Cleaning
7. Ben Hunt (c) - sponsored by Belle Property
8. Francis Molo - sponsored by UTECH
9. Jacob Liddle - sponsored by Active Forklifts
10. Blake Lawrie - sponsored by Deicorp
11. Billy Burns - sponsored by Tomkat Roofing
12. Dan Russell - sponsored by Shire Steel and Fabrication
13. Jack de Belin - sponsored by TLE Alexandria
14. Moses Mbye - sponsored by TripADeal
15. Michael Molo - sponsored by Jameson Strata Management
16. Toby Couchman - sponsored by Professionals Padstow
17. Jack Bird - sponsored by Classic Sportswear
18. Zane Musgrove
- Ben Murdoch-Masila (knee, Rd 22-23)
- Viliami Fifita (meniscus, Rd 23-24)
- Jayden Sullivan (hamstring, Rd 26-season)
- Jaydn Su'A (shoulder, season)
- Josh Coric (knee, season)
- Cody Ramsey (illness, season)
- Tyrell Fuimaono (hip, indefinite)
Dragons Round 1 NRLW Team List
1. Teagan Berry - sponsored by Professionals Padstow
2. Taylor Mapusua - sponsored by Classic
3. Keele Browne - sponsored by Deicorp
4. Bobbi Law - sponsored by CBC Group
5. Shenai Lendill - sponsored by HWL Ebsworth
6. Tyla Nathan-Wong - sponsored by TripADeal
7. Raecene McGregor (c) - sponsored by SMAI
8. Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa - sponsored by St.George Bank
9. Renee Targett - sponsored by EFEX
10. Tara McGrath-West - sponsored by University of Wollongong
11. Sara Sautia - sponsored by KFC
12. Roxy Murdoch-Masila - sponsored by Coca-Cola
13. Alexis Tauaneai - sponsored by Gearbox
14. Zali Hopkins - sponsored by Vili's Pies
15. Ella Koster - sponsored by HSE Global
16. Jamilee Bright - sponsored by Victor Sports Club Supplies
17. Maddison Weatherall - sponsored by Carlton United Breweries
18. Kaarla Cowan