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Magpies preparing for improved season ahead of Round 1

Western Suburbs Magpies kick off their season on Sunday with an exciting matchup against the St. George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium as part of a double-header with the NRL sides.

The Magpies will be looking to get their campaign off to a good start after just missing out on finals football in 2019. With a new coach in Wayne Collins, Western Suburbs enter Sunday's clash full of confidence with a strong performance in their final trial match against the Penrith Panthers.

Coming up against strong opponents in last season’s preliminary finalists in the Dragons, Coach Collins has named a strong side with a number of NRL squad members lining up. With NRL-hardened veterans such as Chris McQueen and Matt Eisenhuth lining up alongside the likes of young gun hooker Jake Simpkin and 2019 debutant Tommy Talau, the Magpies side has a fresh new look heading into 2020.

Having not featured since picking up an injury in the NRL Nines in Perth, Paul Momirovski could also both be late inclusion for the Magpies after being named as a reserve for the 21-man NRL squad. 

Meanwhile, the Dragons have named a young but strong side, with NRL talent such as Jason Saab and Jackson Ford taking the field for St. George-Illawarra. Adam Clune, Euan Aitken and Josh Kerr could all be late inclusions for the Dragons after being named as reserves for the NRL squad.

Remarkably, this matchup saw two draws recorded last season with a 22-22 result in Round 12 followed by a 24-24 final score in Round 18.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, March 15, 2020

Time — 3:45pm AEDT

Venue — WIN Stadium, Wollongong 

TEAM LISTS

Final team lists for both sides will be confirmed at 2:45pm on Sunday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Treigh Stewart
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
  • Winger for Dragons is number 4 Max Feagai
    Winger for Magpies is number 2 William Kei
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Charly Runciman
    Centre for Magpies is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Dragons is number 20 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Matheson Johns
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jason Saab
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Tyran Wishart
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Brendan O'Hagan
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Tristan Sailor
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Jock Madden

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Eddie Blacker
    Prop for Magpies is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 13 Hayden Lomax
    Hooker for Magpies is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jayden Morgan
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Luke Gale
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Chris McQueen
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Matt Delbanco
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 12 Alex Seyfarth
  • Lock for Dragons is number 15 Nathan Leatigaga
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 Sam McIntyre

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 2 Jason Gillard
    Interchange for Magpies is number 14 Jordin Leiu
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Blake BARBUTO
    Interchange for Magpies is number 15 Terrell May
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Matthew Nicholson
    Interchange for Magpies is number 16 Lachlan Talau
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Luke Chalker
    Interchange for Magpies is number 17 Austin Dias

Match Officials

  • Referee: Martin Jones
  • Referee: Daniel Luttringer
  • Touch Judge: Nathan Loveday
  • Touch Judge: Damian Brady

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