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The St. George Illawarra Dragons are an Australian rugby league football club. They compete in the National Rugby League. The club entered the NRL competition in 1999 as a joint venture between the St. George Dragons and the Illawarra Steelers. Since it was a joint venture between the two clubs, the previous 15 premierships which the St. George Dragons won do not count toward the total amount of premierships won by the club.

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St George Illawarra Dragons 'make statement' by dropping Dugan and breaking Penrith Panthers' winning streak - The Sydney Morning Herald

Paul McGregor has refused to guarantee Josh Dugan's place in St George Illawarra's team for the final round of the regular season after they courageously kept their finals tilt alive without him.

Dugan watched the Dragons' two-point win over Penrith in cold and windy conditions from the sideline on Sunday, having been dropped for missing the team bus that collected players from the Sutherland Shire for the journey to the foot of the mountains.

Spectacular: Matthew Dufty beats the tackles of Nathan Cleary and Dallin Watene Zelezniak to score. Spectacular: Matthew Dufty beats the tackles of Nathan Cleary and Dallin Watene Zelezniak to score. Photo: AAP

What appeared a huge call - to scratch your State of Origin and Australian centre only hours before a sudden-death match - ended up being the making of the Dragons' finest performance of the year and one that means they can almost certainly clinch a semi-finals berth if they beat Canterbury at ANZ Stadium next Sunday.

Ivan Cleary, at...


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From 18 beers a day to making his own kombucha: How Russell Packer changed his ways - The Sydney Morning Herald

Growing up in Foxton on New Zealand's north island, Russell Packer would drink up to 18 beers in one session – at the age of 12.

When he got older and started playing professional footy, he pumped prescription and recreational drugs into his body.

Turning his life around: Russell Packer graduating from university of Wollongong. Turning his life around: Russell Packer graduating from university of Wollongong. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Now, after years of slaughtering himself, after finding himself in jail following an assault in 2013, after dodging possible deportation to New Zealand, after finally convincing the NRL to give him another chance, after pulling on the famed Dragons jumper and playing well enough to land a fat four-year deal at the Wests Tigers, you know what he drinks?

He drinks Kombucha, the fermented wonder drink with amazing health benefits. The entire suburb of North Bondi basically bathes in the stuff.

"I make it, too," Packer says. "We started...


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Read more: From 18 beers a day to making his own kombucha: How Russell Packer changed his ways - The Sydney...

Gareth Widdop wins St George Illawarra Dragons top award - Illawarra Mercury

Paul Vaughan was also among the award winners, taking out the members player of the year prize and the Geoff Selby Memorial Trophy in recognition for his outstanding performance.

After missing out on finals and finishing second in the NRL’s top pointscorer race, St George Illawarra captain Gareth Widdop was awarded the club’s individual prize, winning the Dragons Medal on Sunday night. 

All smiles: Dragons captain Gareth Widdop won the club's top individual prize during a ceremony on Sunday night. Picture: Sylvia Liber

All smiles: Dragons captain Gareth Widdop won the club's top individual prize during a ceremony on Sunday night. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Widdop finished with 191 points for the campaign, only behind Penrith’s Nathan Cleary.

Ben Hornby, Mark Gasnier, Jason Ryles and Ben Creagh are among the other recent Dragons Medal winners.

Paul Vaughan was also among the award winners, taking out the members player of the year prize and the Geoff Selby Memorial Trophy in recognition for his outstanding...


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Read more: Gareth Widdop wins St George Illawarra Dragons top award - Illawarra Mercury

The great shame about St George Illawarra Dragons star Josh Dugan - The Sydney Morning Herald

Earlier this year, the Dragons' NRL and under-20s squads were sitting around the spacious dressing-room underneath WIN Stadium during a break in training.

One of the daily newspapers was on the floor and the news of the day, unsurprisingly, was about the gaggle of off-contract rugby league players and what clubs were prepared to offer them.

Torn: Dragons fans are unsure what to think of Josh Dugan, whose prodigious talent on the field comes with issues off it. Torn: Dragons fans are unsure what to think of Josh Dugan, whose prodigious talent on the field comes with issues off it.  Photo: NRL Imagery

Josh Dugan, who was off contract himself, picked up the paper and was stunned that one particular player was set to receive $800,000 a season.

"Eight hundred!" he said, according to those in the room. "What's upstairs doing?"

Dugan was referring to the Dragons front office, which had tabled an offer of about $750,000 a season because it considered him a centre instead of a fullback and, frankly, that's...


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Read more: The great shame about St George Illawarra Dragons star Josh Dugan - The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL 2017: St George Illawarra Dragons go down to Canterbury Dogs, miss finals - The Sydney Morning Herald

St George Illawarra have blown their shot at qualifying for the NRL finals, finishing ninth on the ladder after they threw away a late lead to lose 26-20 to Canterbury.

The result means North Queensland sneak into the finals in eighth place, despite losing five of their last six games.

Down and out: Josh Dugan reacts after the loss to Bulldogs. Down and out: Josh Dugan reacts after the loss to Bulldogs. Photo: NRL Photos

The Dragons appeared in control when Gareth Widdop slotted a penalty goal with 18 minutes remaining to lead 20-14 at ANZ Stadium.

But the game was back level five minutes later when Will Hopoate broke downfield and put Aiden Tolman over.

Hooker Michael Lichaa then put the Bulldogs in the lead when he ducked and weaved his way over the tryline in the 73rd minute to give Canterbury a lead they never surrendered.

The off-contract rake had one of his best games during his three-year stint at Canterbury, and was particularly...


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Latimore set for St George Illawarra Dragons NRL return - Illawarra Mercury

Latimore will provide valuable cover during next year’s State of Origin period, Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward declared in announcing a one-year deal.

Red V return: Forward Jeremy Latimore has signed a one-year deal.

Red V return: Forward Jeremy Latimore has signed a one-year deal.

Veteran forward Jeremy Latimore will provide valuable cover during next year’s State of Origin period, Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward declared in announcing a one-year deal. 

Latimore was with the club in 2012 and has played a total of 139 NRL games for Parramatta, New Zealand, Penrith and Cronulla, since making his debut in 2009. 

"When we came to the decision with Jeremy, it was more so to see what he could bring to the club off the field just as much as what he could bring on it," Millward said.

“Jeremy is very keen to be involved in that process.

"We were looking for a player who had played over 100 first grade games and who could come into our...


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Read more: Latimore set for St George Illawarra Dragons NRL return - Illawarra Mercury

Junior Dragons out to clip Sea Eagles wings - South Coast Register

FORMER Nowra-Bomaderry Jet Jason Gillard and his under 20s St George Illawarra Dragons team are just one win away from the National Youth Competition grand final.

Dragons' Steven Marsters, Jason Gillard and Israel Seufale.

Dragons' Steven Marsters, Jason Gillard and Israel Seufale.

FORMER Nowra-Bomaderry Jet Jason Gillard and his under 20s St George Illawarra Dragons team are just one win away from the National Youth Competition grand final. 

Standing in their way are the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, who defeated minor premiers Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 44-22 at the weekend.

Differently, Gillard’s Dragons, who have defeated the Sea Eagles on both occasions in 2017, have enjoyed a two week preparation for Saturday’s preliminary final at Allianz Stadium.

“The preparation has been really good,” Gillard said.

“We have been sticking to a game plan over the last couple of weeks and we are going to aim to stick to that again against...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: Junior Dragons out to clip Sea Eagles wings - South Coast Register

James Graham confirms St George Illawarra Dragons NRL move - Illawarra Mercury

"He's a current international. He's inspirational in the way he plays and he's very passionate in what he does"

Change: James Graham. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

Change: James Graham. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

James Graham will move to St George Illawarra next season on a three-year deal.

The Canterbury captain on Tuesday night confirmed the worst-kept secret in the NRL, revealing he had verbally agreed to an offer late last week from the Dragons.

"I think it's the best move for myself and for both clubs, too," Graham told Fox Sports' NRL 360 program.

"At the age I'm at, that will probably take me to the end of my NRL career. I'm really excited for what's ahead."

Graham's departure will help alleviate intense salary-cap pressure on the Bulldogs for next season.

Canterbury are still attempting to get under next year's $9.4 million figure, to ensure the contracts of new arrivals Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods are...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: James Graham confirms St George Illawarra Dragons NRL move - Illawarra Mercury

From 18 beers a day to making his own kombucha: How Russell Packer changed his ways - The Sydney Morning Herald

Growing up in Foxton on New Zealand's north island, Russell Packer would drink up to 18 beers in one session – at the age of 12.

When he got older and started playing professional footy, he pumped prescription and recreational drugs into his body.

Turning his life around: Russell Packer graduating from university of Wollongong. Turning his life around: Russell Packer graduating from university of Wollongong. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Now, after years of slaughtering himself, after finding himself in jail following an assault in 2013, after dodging possible deportation to New Zealand, after finally convincing the NRL to give him another chance, after pulling on the famed Dragons jumper and playing well enough to land a fat four-year deal at the Wests Tigers, you know what he drinks?

He drinks Kombucha, the fermented wonder drink with amazing health benefits. The entire suburb of North Bondi basically bathes in the stuff.

"I make it, too," Packer says. "We started...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: From 18 beers a day to making his own kombucha: How Russell Packer changed his ways - The Sydney...

Gareth Widdop wins St George Illawarra Dragons top award - Illawarra Mercury

Paul Vaughan was also among the award winners, taking out the members player of the year prize and the Geoff Selby Memorial Trophy in recognition for his outstanding performance.

After missing out on finals and finishing second in the NRL’s top pointscorer race, St George Illawarra captain Gareth Widdop was awarded the club’s individual prize, winning the Dragons Medal on Sunday night. 

All smiles: Dragons captain Gareth Widdop won the club's top individual prize during a ceremony on Sunday night. Picture: Sylvia Liber

All smiles: Dragons captain Gareth Widdop won the club's top individual prize during a ceremony on Sunday night. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Widdop finished with 191 points for the campaign, only behind Penrith’s Nathan Cleary.

Ben Hornby, Mark Gasnier, Jason Ryles and Ben Creagh are among the other recent Dragons Medal winners.

Paul Vaughan was also among the award winners, taking out the members player of the year prize and the Geoff Selby Memorial Trophy in recognition for his outstanding...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: Gareth Widdop wins St George Illawarra Dragons top award - Illawarra Mercury

Latimore set for St George Illawarra Dragons NRL return - Illawarra Mercury

Latimore will provide valuable cover during next year’s State of Origin period, Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward declared in announcing a one-year deal.

Red V return: Forward Jeremy Latimore has signed a one-year deal.

Red V return: Forward Jeremy Latimore has signed a one-year deal.

Veteran forward Jeremy Latimore will provide valuable cover during next year’s State of Origin period, Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward declared in announcing a one-year deal. 

Latimore was with the club in 2012 and has played a total of 139 NRL games for Parramatta, New Zealand, Penrith and Cronulla, since making his debut in 2009. 

"When we came to the decision with Jeremy, it was more so to see what he could bring to the club off the field just as much as what he could bring on it," Millward said.

“Jeremy is very keen to be involved in that process.

"We were looking for a player who had played over 100 first grade games and who could come into our...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: Latimore set for St George Illawarra Dragons NRL return - Illawarra Mercury

Junior Dragons out to clip Sea Eagles wings - South Coast Register

FORMER Nowra-Bomaderry Jet Jason Gillard and his under 20s St George Illawarra Dragons team are just one win away from the National Youth Competition grand final.

Dragons' Steven Marsters, Jason Gillard and Israel Seufale.

Dragons' Steven Marsters, Jason Gillard and Israel Seufale.

FORMER Nowra-Bomaderry Jet Jason Gillard and his under 20s St George Illawarra Dragons team are just one win away from the National Youth Competition grand final. 

Standing in their way are the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, who defeated minor premiers Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 44-22 at the weekend.

Differently, Gillard’s Dragons, who have defeated the Sea Eagles on both occasions in 2017, have enjoyed a two week preparation for Saturday’s preliminary final at Allianz Stadium.

“The preparation has been really good,” Gillard said.

“We have been sticking to a game plan over the last couple of weeks and we are going to aim to stick to that again against...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: Junior Dragons out to clip Sea Eagles wings - South Coast Register

St George Illawarra Dragons 'make statement' by dropping Dugan and breaking Penrith Panthers' winning streak - The Sydney Morning Herald

Paul McGregor has refused to guarantee Josh Dugan's place in St George Illawarra's team for the final round of the regular season after they courageously kept their finals tilt alive without him.

Dugan watched the Dragons' two-point win over Penrith in cold and windy conditions from the sideline on Sunday, having been dropped for missing the team bus that collected players from the Sutherland Shire for the journey to the foot of the mountains.

Spectacular: Matthew Dufty beats the tackles of Nathan Cleary and Dallin Watene Zelezniak to score. Spectacular: Matthew Dufty beats the tackles of Nathan Cleary and Dallin Watene Zelezniak to score. Photo: AAP

What appeared a huge call - to scratch your State of Origin and Australian centre only hours before a sudden-death match - ended up being the making of the Dragons' finest performance of the year and one that means they can almost certainly clinch a semi-finals berth if they beat Canterbury at ANZ Stadium next Sunday.

Ivan Cleary, at...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: St George Illawarra Dragons 'make statement' by dropping Dugan and breaking Penrith Panthers'...

The great shame about St George Illawarra Dragons star Josh Dugan - The Sydney Morning Herald

Earlier this year, the Dragons' NRL and under-20s squads were sitting around the spacious dressing-room underneath WIN Stadium during a break in training.

One of the daily newspapers was on the floor and the news of the day, unsurprisingly, was about the gaggle of off-contract rugby league players and what clubs were prepared to offer them.

Torn: Dragons fans are unsure what to think of Josh Dugan, whose prodigious talent on the field comes with issues off it. Torn: Dragons fans are unsure what to think of Josh Dugan, whose prodigious talent on the field comes with issues off it.  Photo: NRL Imagery

Josh Dugan, who was off contract himself, picked up the paper and was stunned that one particular player was set to receive $800,000 a season.

"Eight hundred!" he said, according to those in the room. "What's upstairs doing?"

Dugan was referring to the Dragons front office, which had tabled an offer of about $750,000 a season because it considered him a centre instead of a fullback and, frankly, that's...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: The great shame about St George Illawarra Dragons star Josh Dugan - The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL Live 2017: St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Dragons 20, Bulldogs 26

Unbelievable. The Dragons have somehow missed the finals after what was a superb first half of 2017. The Dogs have lifted with nothing to play for and have cost their bitter rivals a chance to play next week. North Queensland fans will be jubilant, as they've snuck into the finals with this result. If you're a Dragons fan, this is going to be a long, long off-season. 

It's all over!!

The Dragons go close on the last but Dugan's offload hits the deck and Jackson eventually dives on it. 

Frawley kicks to the corner and Macdonald runs it back to the 20. One minute to go! 

Dufty knocks on!

That could be the season. Another big break down the left from Nightingale, then a no-look pass from Lafai and it rolled along the ground...but the young fullback couldn't take it...


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Read more: NRL Live 2017: St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs - The Sydney Morning Herald

James Graham confirms St George Illawarra Dragons NRL move - Illawarra Mercury

"He's a current international. He's inspirational in the way he plays and he's very passionate in what he does"

Change: James Graham. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

Change: James Graham. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

James Graham will move to St George Illawarra next season on a three-year deal.

The Canterbury captain on Tuesday night confirmed the worst-kept secret in the NRL, revealing he had verbally agreed to an offer late last week from the Dragons.

"I think it's the best move for myself and for both clubs, too," Graham told Fox Sports' NRL 360 program.

"At the age I'm at, that will probably take me to the end of my NRL career. I'm really excited for what's ahead."

Graham's departure will help alleviate intense salary-cap pressure on the Bulldogs for next season.

Canterbury are still attempting to get under next year's $9.4 million figure, to ensure the contracts of new arrivals Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods are...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: James Graham confirms St George Illawarra Dragons NRL move - Illawarra Mercury

From 18 beers a day to making his own kombucha: How Russell Packer changed his ways - The Sydney Morning Herald

Growing up in Foxton on New Zealand's north island, Russell Packer would drink up to 18 beers in one session – at the age of 12.

When he got older and started playing professional footy, he pumped prescription and recreational drugs into his body.

Turning his life around: Russell Packer graduating from university of Wollongong. Turning his life around: Russell Packer graduating from university of Wollongong. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Now, after years of slaughtering himself, after finding himself in jail following an assault in 2013, after dodging possible deportation to New Zealand, after finally convincing the NRL to give him another chance, after pulling on the famed Dragons jumper and playing well enough to land a fat four-year deal at the Wests Tigers, you know what he drinks?

He drinks Kombucha, the fermented wonder drink with amazing health benefits. The entire suburb of North Bondi basically bathes in the stuff.

"I make it, too," Packer says. "We started...


Read full article on NRL GN IllawarraDragons


Read more: From 18 beers a day to making his own kombucha: How Russell Packer changed his ways - The Sydney...

Dragons want more experience in NRL pack - SBS

St George Illawarra recruitment boss Ian Millward says the NRL club is in the market for an experience forward.

St George Illawarra's bid to add more NRL experience to their forward pack is set to continue beyond the recruitment of James Graham and Jeremy Latimore.

Journeyman Latimore will join for 2018 from on a one-year deal announced on Wednesday after spending most of the season as a bench prop for Cronulla.

The 30-year-old has played 139 games over his nine-year career with five clubs, including the Dragons in 2012, and is the second veteran front-rower added after Canterbury captain Graham.

Head recruiter Ian Millward identified State of Origin as the period the Dragons most need their experience, given the Dragons' 2-4 win-loss record during this year's series.

The club was third on the ladder before the series began in late May, sliding to finish outside the top-eight.

"We're...


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Read more: Dragons want more experience in NRL pack - SBS

Benji Marshall and Ben Hunt combine for Brisbane NRL title bid - Illawarra Mercury

Marshall this week admitted he had grown as a player by working with Bennett since leaving Wollongong.

A Dragons discard – and the club’s next great hope – form the Broncos brains trust to bring down the relentless Melbourne machine.

Half chance: Benji Marshall. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

Half chance: Benji Marshall. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

It’s a remarkable scenario which brings about the Dragons next long-term halfback playing hooker, while Benji Marshall provides an experienced halves option, after being named on the bench for Friday night’s preliminary final.

But here we are.

Marshall was benched, with 2010 St George Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett shifting Kodi Nikorima back to the halves to allow for the return of Clive Churchill Medal winner Darius Boyd.

The Dragons connection continues. And Marshall this week admitted he had grown as a player by working with Bennett since leaving Wollongong.

It was just 18 months...


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Read more: Benji Marshall and Ben Hunt combine for Brisbane NRL title bid - Illawarra Mercury

Latimore set for St George Illawarra Dragons NRL return - Illawarra Mercury

Latimore will provide valuable cover during next year’s State of Origin period, Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward declared in announcing a one-year deal.

Red V return: Forward Jeremy Latimore has signed a one-year deal.

Red V return: Forward Jeremy Latimore has signed a one-year deal.

Veteran forward Jeremy Latimore will provide valuable cover during next year’s State of Origin period, Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward declared in announcing a one-year deal. 

Latimore was with the club in 2012 and has played a total of 139 NRL games for Parramatta, New Zealand, Penrith and Cronulla, since making his debut in 2009. 

"When we came to the decision with Jeremy, it was more so to see what he could bring to the club off the field just as much as what he could bring on it," Millward said.

“Jeremy is very keen to be involved in that process.

"We were looking for a player who had played over 100 first grade games and who could come into our...


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Read more: Latimore set for St George Illawarra Dragons NRL return - Illawarra Mercury



 

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