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Game Day Guide: Women in League Round Double-Header

The St George Illawarra Dragons will be in action in a double-header on Saturday, July 29th at WIN Stadium, Wollongong with the NRL side taking on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the NRLW squad facing the Parramatta Eels. This is your game day guide.

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The first double-header of 2023

Dragons fans will have the opportunity to watch the NRL and NRLW sides at the same venue for the first time this year in a Saturday afternoon double-header in Wollongong.

Jamie Soward’s NRLW squad will clash with the Eels at 3:10pm with both sides in search of their first win of the new season after falling in their season openers a week ago.

Fresh off a pivotal win over the Wests Tigers, the Dragons NRL outfit will meet the Sea Eagles at 5:30pm in a bid to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in 2023.

The Dragons have won eight of their past 11 against the Sea Eagles including eight in a row at WIN Stadium.

Key timings:

Gates open: 3.00pm

NRLW kick-off v Eels: 3.10pm

NRL kick-off v Sea Eagles: 5.30pm

Where: WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Watch: Kayo & Foxtel

NRL celebrates Women in League Round

The NRL will this weekend celebrate all the fantastic contributions made by women in rugby league with Women in League Round.

We are grateful for all the work that women have done and continue to do on the field, sidelines, training paddocks, offices, canteens and much more.

Everyone in the rugby league family has been involved with special women who have helped them along their journey, and this is the weekend that their service is recognised.

Muhleisen to make NRL debut

Connor Muhleisen will become St George Illawarra Dragon #267 when he runs out onto WIN Stadium on Saturday evening.

The departure of Moses Mbye has paved the way for the 22-year-old – a recognised hooker who has spent time in the halves and at lock – to earn the number 14 jersey.

Having come through the grades in the Illawarra system, Muhleisen made his Knock On Effect Cup debut in 2021 and has gone on to become a mainstay in the 17 over the past two seasons.

The inclusion of Muhleisen is the only change that Ryan Carr has made to the 17 that took care of business against the Wests Tigers a week ago.

Soward makes changes

Jamie Soward has made several changes to his NRLW squad that went down to defending premiers Newcastle a week ago.

Margot Vella and Cortez Te Pou have been named to make their NRLW debuts on either wing with Taylor Mapusua and Jamilee Bright dropping out of the side and Shenai Lendill shifting into the second row.

Roxy Murdoch starts up front with Tara McGrath-West reverting to the bench whilst debutant Kaarla Cowan replaces Zali Hopkins on the interchange.

A triple ton for DCE

Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans will become the 49th member of the NRL’s famed ‘300 Club’ when he takes the field on Saturday evening.

Cherry-Evans burst onto the scene for the Sea Eagles back in 2011 helping lead Manly to Grand Final glory before making his Kangaroos debut in the Four Nations later that year.

He made his State of Origin debut for the Maroons in 2013 and has appeared in 22 matches for his state, taking over the captaincy in 2019.

The 34-year-old trails only Cliff Lyons on Manly’s all-time games played leaderboard.

Win a New Car!

Make sure you are at Saturday’s game for your chance to win a brand-new car thanks to Chery & Tynan Motors.

Keep your eyes peeled for the car or the QR codes around the ground to enter to win.

Get your tickets!

Breathe fire with your Dragons this Women in League Round, when our women take on the Eels before our men do battle with Manly.

Secure your seats here via Ticketmaster!

TripADeal Half-Time Relay

Match Day and Apparel partner TripADeal will be giving one lucky Dragons fan the opportunity to go against a Manly fan for the chance to WIN a Bali Hotel stay.

Make sure you are in attendance for your chance to be selected.

Last time they met…

The Dragons and Sea Eagles last met in Round 19 last year on a soppy Friday night at Kogarah with the Red V running out 20-6 victors.

A first-half Ben Hunt double helped the hosts jump out to a 14-0 half-time lead despite losing fullback Cody Ramsey to an early injury.

Josh Aloiai scored on the other side of the break to breathe some life back into Manly’s chances, but the Dragons held strong and capped the win off with a final-minute Mathew Feagai four-pointer.

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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