Cooper replaces fellow representative centre Mark Gasnier who has been shifted to five-eighth with the suspension of captain Trent Barrett in an otherwise unchanged team from last weekend.
Upgrades to Oki Jubilee Stadium which includes additional seating, upgraded facilities and permanent lighting has seen the Dragons play their opening four home games at WIN Stadium.
NRL DRAGONS TEAM v Parramatta Eels 7.30pm Friday 2 June Oki Jubilee Stadium
Coach: Nathan Brown 1. Clint GREENSHIELDS 2. Colin BEST 3. Daryl MILLARD 4. Matt COOPER 5. Brett MORRIS 6. Mark GASNIER 7. Ben HORNBY (c) 8. Luke BAILEY 9. Aaron GORRELL 10. Justin POORE 11. Ben CREAGH 12. Dean YOUNG 13. Shaun TIMMINS Interchnage: 14. Michael HENDERSON 15. Matt BICKERSTAFF 16. Corey PAYNE 17. Danny WICKS