12 St George Illawarra players have been named to represent Australia in the upcoming World Cup Nines and end-of-year Tests. While Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell have represented the Kangaroos previously, Dragons front-rower Paul Vaughan will potentially make a deserved debut for Australia after playing a starring role for the Dragons and New South Wales over the past three years.
The Kangaroos will play New Zealand in Wollongong on October 25 and Tonga at Eden Park on November 2.
St George Illawarra's representation at the World Cup Nines grew by six on Thursday following the final confirmation of all World Cup Nines squads.
Dragons centre Tim Lafai and back-rower Luciano Leilua will represent Toa Samoa at the two-day tournament at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta on October 18 and 19.
Pooled in Group C, the Samoan Dragons will face teammates in winger Mikaele Ravalawa and centre Steven Marsters, who were picked in Fiji and Cook Islands' squads respectively.
Dragons Women's Premiership forward Teuila Fotu-Moala will make her return from suspension at the World Cup Nines after being named for the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns.
Jersey Flegg forward Jalal Bazzaz was also named in Lebanon's Nines squad, who will come up against England, France and Wales in Group B.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jessica Sergis have won the prestigious men’s and women’s Golden Boot awards as the best international players of 2019. Tuivasa-Sheck, the Kiwis and Warriors fullback, edged out Tonga prop Siosiua Taukeiaho and New Zealand teammate Jared Waeraa-Hargreaves, who are the Sydney Roosters front-row pairing.