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.
Date — Sunday, March 15, 2020
Time — 3:45pm AEDT
Venue — WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Final team lists for both sides will be confirmed at 2:45pm on Sunday.
Match: Dragons v Magpies
Round 1 -
Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Treigh StewartFullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
Winger for Dragons is number 4 Max FeagaiWinger for Magpies is number 2 William Kei
Centre for Dragons is number 3 Charly RuncimanCentre for Magpies is number 3 Tommy Talau
Centre for Dragons is number 20 Euan AitkenCentre for Magpies is number 4 Matheson Johns
Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jason SaabWinger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Tyran WishartFive-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Brendan O'Hagan
Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Tristan SailorHalfback for Magpies is number 7 Jock Madden
Prop for Dragons is number 8 Eddie BlackerProp for Magpies is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
Hooker for Dragons is number 13 Hayden LomaxHooker for Magpies is number 9 Jake Simpkin
Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jayden MorganProp for Magpies is number 10 Oliver Clark
2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Luke Gale2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Chris McQueen
2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Matt Delbanco2nd Row for Magpies is number 12 Alex Seyfarth
Lock for Dragons is number 15 Nathan LeatigagaLock for Magpies is number 13 Sam McIntyre
Interchange for Dragons is number 2 Jason GillardInterchange for Magpies is number 14 Jordin Leiu
Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Blake BARBUTOInterchange for Magpies is number 15 Terrell May
Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Matthew NicholsonInterchange for Magpies is number 16 Lachlan Talau
Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Luke ChalkerInterchange for Magpies is number 17 Austin Dias