State of Origin representative duties and an injury to key second rower Lance Thompson have forced St George Illawarra Coach Nathan Brown to make a number of changes for the Dragons first Sydney home game of the season this Sunday against the Cowboys.
Re-development works has seen the Dragons play all home games to date at WIN Stadium with the round 14 match against the high flying Cowboys, an opportunity for the younger players to press for regular first grade selection.
�It is a wonderful opportunity for the younger players in our squad to get the chance to play and show what they can do in front of an excited crowd being our first match in Sydney for the year,� said Brown.
Ben Hornby will captain the team and play at five-eigth, Clint Greenshields will start at fullback and Albert Torrens returning from injury (ankle) will partner Shane Marteene in the centres.
Other starting positional changes include Michael Ennis (hooker), Dean Young (second row) [pictured], Justin Poore (front row) and Ashton Sims (front row). Bryan Norrie, Michael Henderson, Aaron Gorrell and Reece Simmonds have been named on the interchange bench.
NRL v North Qld Cowboys 3.00pm Sunday 12 June Oki Jubilee Stadium Coach: Nathan Brown
1. Clint GREENSHIELDS 2. Colin BEST 3. Albert TORRENS 4. Shane MARTEENE 5. Wes NAIQAMA 6. Ben HORNBY (c) 7. Mathew HEAD 8. Ashton SIMS 9. Michael ENNIS 10. Justin POORE 11. Ben CREAGH 12. Dean YOUNG 13. Shaun TIMMINS
14. Bryan NORRIE 15. Michael HENDERSON 16. Corey PAYNE 17. Aaron GORRELL 18. Reece SIMMONDS
1. Nick YOUNGQUEST 2. Etu UAISELE 3. Luke MERCER 4. Beau RYAN 5. Josh MORRIS 6. Daniel HOLDSWORTH 7. Keiran KERR 8. Aaron WHEATLEY 9. Wade HUMPHREYS 10. Corey MAHER 11. Luke DALZIEL-DON 12. Brett KELLY 13. Ryan POWELL (c)
14. Charlie LEAENO 15. Adam CAWLEY 16. Sam FAUST 17. Jason KLIMIS
Jersey Flegg v Central Coast RIP 1.10pm Sunday 12 June Oki Jubilee Stadium Coach: Steven Price
1. Brett MORRIS 2. Tom HEWITT 3. Brad DAVIDSON 4. Lee TE MAARI 5. Jason NIGHTINGALE 6. Josh LEWIS 7. Jamie KEITH (c) 8. Jamie DUNNING 9. George NDAIRA 10. Chris HOUSTON 11. Willie TUPOU 12. James JIMENEZ 13. Brian WEST
14. Dan HUNT 15. Jhi TANNER 16. Peter WAKLEY 17. Nathan WYNN 18. Keith LULIA 19. Sean FERGUSON 20. Ben JEFFERY 21. Danny WICKS