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The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced its 2020 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership squad following the completion of all necessary paperwork pertinent to player contracts and Covid-19 protocol approvals.

The Dragons' 2020 22-woman squad is headlined by the signings of Australia Jillaroos duo Steph Hancock and Isabelle Kelly, Papua New Guinea Orchids skipper Elsie Albert and the return of inaugural captain Sam Bremner.

2020 St George Illawarra Dragons' NRL Holden Women's Premiership squad:
  • Elsie Albert
  • Kezie Apps
  • Shaylee Bent
  • Teagan Berry
  • Sam Bremner
  • Jaime Chapman
  • Keeley Davis
  • Jade Etherden
  • Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili
  • Steph Hancock
  • Talei Holmes
  • Rikeya Horne
  • Ellie Johnston
  • Isabelle Kelly
  • Mahalia Murphy
  • Georgia Page
  • Christine Pauli
  • Tiana Penitani
  • Jessica Sergis
  • Maddie Studdon
  • Shakiah Tungai
  • Maddison Weatherall
 
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The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced its 2020 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership squad following the completion of all necessary paperwork pertinent to player contracts and Covid-19 protocol approvals.

The Dragons' 2020 22-woman squad is headlined by the signings of Australia Jillaroos duo Steph Hancock and Isabelle Kelly, Papua New Guinea Orchids skipper Elsie Albert and the return of inaugural captain Sam Bremner.

2020 St George Illawarra Dragons' NRL Holden Women's Premiership squad:
  • Elsie Albert
  • Kezie Apps
  • Shaylee Bent
  • Teagan Berry
  • Sam Bremner
  • Jaime Chapman
  • Keeley Davis
  • Jade Etherden
  • Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili
  • Steph Hancock
  • Talei Holmes
  • Rikeya Horne
  • Ellie Johnston
  • Isabelle Kelly
  • Mahalia Murphy
  • Georgia Page
  • Christine Pauli
  • Tiana Penitani
  • Jessica Sergis
  • Maddie Studdon
  • Shakiah Tungai
  • Maddison Weatherall
You snatched Isabelle Kelly from the Roosters! She will be a good signing!

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The St George Illawarra Dragons have finalised a new football department structure and announced several personnel appointments ahead of the 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership season.

Joining Anthony Griffin on the Dragons' new-look coaching staff are assistant coaches Peter Gentle and Matthew Elliott.

Current interim Brisbane Broncos coach Peter Gentle joins the club with over 15 years of first grade coaching experience having previously acted as head coach of Hull FC (2012-13) as well as an assistant at the Sharks, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Elliott has 16 seasons of head coaching experience alone having last coached the New Zealand Warriors in 2014. His 18 months at the Warriors followed long stints at the Bradford Bulls, Canberra Raiders and Penrith Panthers.

A homecoming of sorts for each new assistant, both Elliott and Gentle previously played first grade for Dragons founding club St George.

Tony Guilfoyle will join the Dragons as physical performance manager having previously filled similar roles at the Panthers and Broncos.

Dan Lawson moves into the medical performance manager role with Elliot Jackson and Cody Parsons also new additions to the club in strength and conditioning and sports science respectively. Physiotherapist Davis Theobald will remain at the club.

Mat Head and Shaun Timmins will oversee the junior representative pathways and recruitment following the introduction of the Dragons Academy. Head and Timmins will also act as pathways coach and pathways performance manager respectively. Ian Millward remains at the club under a new title, NRL recruitment manager.

Ben Haran has formally stepped into the role as general manager of football and will oversee the impending structural and personnel changes.
 

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A rating: D is about right.

DRAGONS (12th 7 wins, 13 losses)


What went right: The Dragons seem to have accidentally stumbled into giving a new lease of life to Matt Dufty’s career when it looked to be faltering. At one point the Duff man appeared unwanted by the Red V with the Titans looming as his future destination. But he has since risen and cemented himself as their fullback for the coming years. In a season of disappointments the form of Cameron McInnes has also been a standout. Whether he’s played at lock or hooker, McInnes has never come up short and has been rewarded with an Origin call-up to the NSW Blues squad. The form of Zac Lomax, who was signed to play fullback but is instead thriving at centre, is also something to cheer about. The last few weeks gave us a glimpse of the future with impressive debuts for Cody Ramsey and playmaker Jayden Sullivan.

What went wrong: Paul McGregor and the cloud hanging over him for most of the season. Things got so bad they failed to score in two straight games - against the Warriors and Bulldogs - and their B Team beat the starting side in a training session. But just as the axe hovered him, McGregor was given a stay of execution. The issues with McGregor remain for Anthony Griffin. The Ben Hunt-Corey Norman experiment is a failure. The early season chopping and changing of the fullback, the inability to realise James Graham’s best days were behind him, and a number of injuries all brought McGregor undone. The reluctance to blood young players - both St George and Illawarra have enjoyed success in the junior grades in recent years - is something Griffin will have to fix.

Biggest issue: The Corey Norman issue. It’s clear that the Dragons’ future does not involve him. They tried shopping him to the Super League and he’s got a year left to run on his contract. His inability to work with Hunt has been a disaster. With Sullivan and the workmanlike Clune on his heels, the Dragons would be wise to say goodbye to a man who has failed to fire a shot since arriving in Wollongong.

Who they should target: The Dragons need an enforcer in the front-row. They have lacked someone with punch up the middle for the last few years and right now nobody fears them. Their most devastating forward - Tyson Frizell - is heading for Newcastle. The problem is that there is very little available in Australia right now.

They’ve been linked to Josh McGuire, Joe Ofahengaue and Jarrod Wallace but all of those come with an asterisk. Dale Finucane comes off contract at the end of 2021 and if they were smart the Dragons would try and get him to the club before then. He’s a tough grafter who sets the bar high. Angus Crichton (Roosters) and Nathan Brown (Eels) are free to entertain offers in a little over a month’s time. Recruitment boss Ian Millward knows the English market well and if he was looking longer term he’d be calling Matty Lees of St Helens.

Grade: D
 
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Dragons premiership winner Jamie Soward will return to Saints as kicking coach ahead of our 2021 campaign.
Thats a worry .
Jamie could prove to be a good instructor but most only can remember him being swatted off consistently in defence and being used by the opposition to gain traction on their way to the try line.
While we now have a Coach without ties to the Dragons the support staff is being stacked with them.

2021 will be nothing if not interesting
 
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Thats a worry .
Jamie could prove to be a good instructor but most only can remember him being swatted off consistently in defence and being used by the opposition to gain traction on their way to the try line.
While we now have a Coach without ties to the Dragons the support staff is being stacked with them.

2021 will be nothing if not interesting
One thing he could do - his kicks hit the ground more often than not - unlike kickers who seem to hit the catcher every time.
 

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One thing he could do - his kicks hit the ground more often than not - unlike kickers who seem to hit the catcher every time.
yes our kickers seem to be drawn to the reciever with their kicks, Half the time the opposition doesnt even have to take a step to catch a kick.
we dont get open field position kicks or much "hang" time from our kick options.
as Jack used to say "kick it where the seagulls are".

The same can be said for a lot of our kick offs....How many go out on the full and incur a penalty back at half way.
It happens enough to be noticeable and I still remember Hornby doing it twice in one game at the gong.
 
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yes our kickers seem to be drawn to the reciever with their kicks, Half the time the opposition doesnt even have to take a step to catch a kick.
we dont get open field position kicks or much "hang" time from our kick options.
as Jack used to say "kick it where the seagulls are".

The same can be said for a lot of our kick offs....How many go out on the full and incur a penalty back at half way.
It happens enough to be noticeable and I still remember Hornby doing it twice in one game at the gong.
I well remember some of those kicks ... :)
 
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Sadly Wendells young boy has issues now.
No contract for 2021 and alleged sex offences for which he has now been charged.

Hopefully for his and the clubs sake it will be sorted and finalised a lot quicker than JDB's issues.

presumption of innocence should still apply until court matters have run their course.
 
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