Rugby League Saints - 2019 - UPDATE

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I think I would be trying dufty out in the halves but only in the trials.
We have a whole season to work out the 2020 halves combination.
Hunt should be in the halves though as he comes with the experience.
If Dufty had a bit more solidity and could tackle hard he would make a perfect cookie for the dragons at hooker with his speed.
 

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I think I would be trying dufty out in the halves but only in the trials.
We have a whole season to work out the 2020 halves combination.
Hunt should be in the halves though as he comes with the experience.
If Dufty had a bit more solidity and could tackle hard he would make a perfect cookie for the dragons at hooker with his speed.
Yes - halves or wing too.
 
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Yes - halves or wing too.
at this stage I would be wary of putting him on the wing......Its a little too wide to have back up when your defence still needs a lot of work.
If the forwards are rotated efficiently they can cover halves defence or lack thereof.
 

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Saints only have had Gareth Widdop eligible for a World All Stars side, no Dragons players have been selected in either Indigenous or Maori team.

Thankfully.
 

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Josh Kerr might be a late addition to the Indigenous side with their lack of forwards a worry.
He has potential.
Josh Kerr has been called into the Indigenous All Stars team as the injury replacement for Titans prop Ryan James. A proud Ngugi, Noonuckle and Geopul person of the Quandamooka nation of Stradbroke Island, Kerr played a crucial role in establishing the Dragons' Reconciliation Action Plan in 2018. This will be Kerr's maiden senior first grade appearance at any level.

The Indigenous All Stars will play the Maori All Stars at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Friday, February 15.
 

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Josh Kerr has been called into the Indigenous All Stars team as the injury replacement for Titans prop Ryan James. A proud Ngugi, Noonuckle and Geopul person of the Quandamooka nation of Stradbroke Island, Kerr played a crucial role in establishing the Dragons' Reconciliation Action Plan in 2018. This will be Kerr's maiden senior first grade appearance at any level.

The Indigenous All Stars will play the Maori All Stars at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Friday, February 15.
Now need to find a replacement for Barba lol.
 

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The St George Illawarra Dragons recently hosted the 2019 NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit participants from the South Coast region at WIN Stadium. Dragons representatives Zippy Corser-Anu, Ruby Peterlin, Taylor Hawke and Brody Mitchell; along with local NRL School 2 Work project officer Michelle Wilson, spent time at the Dragons training session this week.

During their visit the group had the opportunity to meet Dragons NRL Indigenous All Stars representative Josh Kerr, as well as other current indigenous squad members Jai Field, Tristan Sailor and Jonus Pearson, in the lead up to the Youth Summit in Melbourne during NRL All Stars week.

Last year's participant, Maya Wills, was also on hand and provided current participants with insight into the importance of their culture, spoke about how to embrace this opportunity and encouraged them to be proud of who they are as they represent the community and their families in Melbourne next week.

Brody, Ruby, Taylor and Zippy have all been selected to represent the Dragons at the summit as they have been identified by their school community as future leaders and representatives for the NRL School 2 Work program. With the support of the Dragons and federal government, the NRL School 2 Work Program continues to spark real change for Indigenous students as they make the challenging transition from year 12 onto further education and employment.

 

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I remember a game at Wollongong Stadium in the 1990s between Illawarra Steelers and Western Suburbs Magpies. I was sitting behind the dead ball line with my father and we witnessed a sea gull fly directly into the upright right in front of us and just drop to the ground dead. Steve Georgallis noticed it on the ground a bit after (I think when the Magpies had to do a drop out) and he kicked the sea gull over the dead ball line. Lol.
 
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Zac Lomax is prepared to bide his time on the wing to be part of a Dragons backline brimming with depth and versatility. Lomax, who played four NRL matches for St George Illawarra last season and earned selection as a centre for the Prime Minister’s XIII and Junior Kangaroos, grew up playing fullback but is third choice at best in his preferred position behind Gareth Widdop and Matt Dufty.

The talented 19-year-old is also battling Euan Aitken, who was last year touted as a NSW Origin contender, and Samoa international Tim Lafai for a centre berth so is likely to be chosen on the wing as Dragons coach Paul McGregor tries to accommodate his star backs.

Lomax has been training at both positions, with the retirement of Jason Nightingale and Nene Macdonald’s departure to North Queensland opening up a spot on the wing if he is not selected in the centres. At 190cm, his height would be beneficial on the wing but he is more comfortable playing centre.
 

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Corey Norman wanted to ensure his new teammates were comfortable with him joining the club before finalising a move from Parramatta, so it was frustrating he had to apologise for the fallout from a leaked video in his first week of training with the Dragons. The St George Illawarra club is known to perform extensive due diligence before signing players, with club stalwart Craig Young – an ex-detective – in charge of integrity, so officials were aware of the video’s existence and Norman had already been punished by the NRL three years ago.

After serving an eight-match ban and being hit with a $20,000 fine in 2016, Norman has steered clear of off-field trouble and was seeking a fresh start with the Dragons after a horror 2018 season with the Eels, in which they finished last and it was made clear he had no future at the club. The release of the video in mid-January meant it wasn’t until Norman’s fourth week of training at WIN Stadium before the star playmaker was introduced to the media as a St George Illawarra player.

In between, he has been focused on building relationships with a new group of players, trying to determine where he will fit into one of the strongest spines in the Telstra Premiership and regaining the form that him in consideration for Queensland Origin selection in 2017.
 
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seems to be a glitch in system. This post should have a Saints emblem attached. The attachment goes through but just shows a box with a line through it with no actual pic on preview. when poisted nothing but a message goes onto the post.
 

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seems to be a glitch in system. This post should have a Saints emblem attached. The attachment goes through but just shows a box with a line through it with no actual pic on preview. when poisted nothing but a message goes onto the post.
OK - put it on the thread asking for comment etc. Highlight @WhiteLineFever
 

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Vs Newcastle game. Our fan day will still kick off at 2pm, but the on-field action is now scheduled to commence at 2:45pm with the Under-20s.
 

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Zac Lomax is prepared to bide his time on the wing to be part of a Dragons backline brimming with depth and versatility. Lomax, who played four NRL matches for St George Illawarra last season and earned selection as a centre for the Prime Minister’s XIII and Junior Kangaroos, grew up playing fullback but is third choice at best in his preferred position behind Gareth Widdop and Matt Dufty.

The talented 19-year-old is also battling Euan Aitken, who was last year touted as a NSW Origin contender, and Samoa international Tim Lafai for a centre berth so is likely to be chosen on the wing as Dragons coach Paul McGregor tries to accommodate his star backs.

Lomax has been training at both positions, with the retirement of Jason Nightingale and Nene Macdonald’s departure to North Queensland opening up a spot on the wing if he is not selected in the centres. At 190cm, his height would be beneficial on the wing but he is more comfortable playing centre.
I think you’ll find if Lomax is on the wing he will make some great decisions in defence but also some poor ones to in big games. It’s a similar situation to Campbell Graham at Souths imo.
 

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While we still have him Widdop belongs in the halves. When he goes Norman can slot in at 5/8th
We need to work on the full back spot not just drop Widdop back there for one season.
Dufty needs to improve on his defence while Lomax is also an option at FB so Mary could be swapping both between wing and FB.
If there are injuries in the centres Lomax can also fill in there.
With the make up of the team for 2019 we have a number of players who can move to other positions including leilua who can run in the forwards or backline.