The Dragons are hopeful of an injury-free Origin finale tomorrow to avenge their embarrassing 36-16 loss to the Cowboys at home seven weeks ago when they meet again in their Telstra Premiership match this Saturday in Townsville.
With Jason Ryles, Luke Bailey and Shaun Timmins playing for NSW in the Origin and Reece Simmonds, Craig Stapleton, Damien Bower and Dean Byrne playing for NSW Residents in the curtain-raiser, Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named a bench of seven with three to be omitted.
Michael Howell, returning from a one-week suspension, comes back into the starting line-up at lock ahead of John Cross; while the return of Origin stars Ryles, Bailey and Timmins force Simmonds and Ian Donnelly to the bench and Nathan Tutt to Premier League.
The only other change to the starting line-up from last week's heartbreaking 19-18 loss to the Raiders is the return of Mark Riddell to the starting line-up. A bout of ‘flu saw Dean Young start ahead of Riddell on Sunday.
TEAM LIST - Saturday, July 19 7.30pm NRL: DRAGONS V COWBOYS, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville 2pm Premier League: Dragons v Bears, Nth Sydney Oval
NRL (Rd 19) Coach: Nathan Brown 1 Ben HORNBY 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Matt COOPER 5. John WILSHERE 6. Shaun TIMMINS (c) 7. Brett FIRMAN 8. Chris LEIKVOLL 9. Mark RIDDELL 10. Jason RYLES 11. Luke BAILEY 12. Henry PERENARA 13. Michael HOWELL 14. Ashton SIMS 15. Brent KITE 16. Dean YOUNG 17. Reece SIMMONDS 18. Ian DONNELLY 19. Craig STAPLETON 20. John CROSS *THREE TO BE OMITTED
Premier Division (Rd 15) Coach: Michael Potter 1. Lee BENNETT 2. Ben CREAGH 3. Chris NERO 4. David HOWELL 5 Shane LALOATA 6. Mathew HEAD (c) 7. Dean BYRNE 8. Justin POORE 9. Damien BOWER 10. Steven SOUTHERN 11. Nathan TUTT 12. Gary McBRIDE 13. Ryan POWELL 14. Jason ELLEM 15. Mark DALLE CORT 16. Brendan WALL 17. Josh ESSEX 18. Bryan NORRIE