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    ALL STARS

    Show up or get shown up: Bent says pressure's on for All Stars clash
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    Shaylee Bent said the increased professionalism around the Indigenous All Stars side means players can no longer approach the match with a "show up and play" attitude.

    Bent, who plays in the centres for St George Illawarra in the NRLW, and fellow Indigenous players are now determined to showcase what they’ve learnt when they take on the Maori All Stars at Cbus Super Stadium on February 22.

    Thanks to the continued support from Aboriginal organisation, KARI Foundation, the women’s Indigenous All Stars team have been able to raise the level of professionalism with two training and selection camps held over the last three months.

    "Implementing the camps has without a doubt taken our side to another level," the Jillaroos 2019 Nines player said.

    "There is so much talent coming through and it was great to see all that being showcased on the field at our first camp in November, when 40 girls battled it out for a chance to attend the second camp in January.

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    "There were a few new faces among the 20 girls that were selected for the second camp, so it really gave us a great opportunity to get to know each other, as opposed to just showing up to All Stars like we have in the past and trying to create those connections in the week leading up to the game.

    "The camp not only enabled us to create an early bond off the field but we also got the opportunity to go over our game plan, see what everyone's strengths are in the team and put them into practise, while being put through our paces doing some testing and sitting through a video session of the game last year to identify which areas we need to work on."

    KARI Foundation have been involved with the NRL for a number of years but 2019 was their first engagement with All Stars, being the front of jersey sponsor for both the Indigenous men’s and women’s teams.

    And the KARI Foundation has committed to be the major partner of both Indigenous sides for the next two years.

    Bent said the KARI Foundation has been very active in its pursuit to accelerate the growth of Indigenous women’s rugby league, in particular through their Indigenous Women’s Pathways Program.

    "KARI have always gone above and beyond for us. Last year at All Stars they were in and around the camp whole time, as they were our last two camps leading up to this year’s game," Bent said.

    "What we have been able to build over the past three months wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for them so we appreciate their ongoing support."

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    Cody Walker, who captained the Indigenous men’s All Stars last year but has been forced out of this month's match due to a shoulder injury, was also heartened by the value of having KARI on board.

    "As a player representing your culture, it gives you that added incentive to perform well knowing that you are also representing a proud Aboriginal organisation in KARI that does so much for our community and makes such a difference in young people's lives," he said.

    KARI Foundation will also be auctioning off all Indigenous All Stars men’s and women’s signed jerseys, as well as other pieces of memorabilia after the match to raise funds for programs that drive social change.

    Foundation CEO Casey Ralph said with the number of great role models among the men's and women's teams that advocate for change in their communities, it was an easy decision to back them for further two years.

    "KARI are proud to be supporting the Indigenous All Stars teams for the next two years," Ralph said.

    "We look forward to working collaboratively with the NRL to continue to provide pathways, especially for women, to ensure Aboriginal people continue to be recognised for their talents both on and off the field.

    "Having culture at the forefront of the All Stars weeks objective aligns with our philosophy that culture can drive change.

    "The men and women chosen to represent the Indigenous All Stars in 2020 are all not only outstanding athletes but are all in their own rights champions for change."



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    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/202...p-bent-says-pressures-on-for-all-stars-clash/
     
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    WOMEN'S RUGBY LEAGUE


    10 NRLW Dragons awarded with marquee contracts
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    The NRL has rewarded 20 Australian Holden Women's Premiership players with elite marquee contracts including eight fresh faces for the 2020 season.

    The contracts have been awarded based on performance and commitment over the past 12 months as part of the Women's Elite Programs.

    The women's marquee contracting system was developed in conjunction with the RLPA in 2019 and is similar to Cricket Australia's model with the intention to provide further incentives for players to develop their skill and remain in the game.

    All 17 players who featured in the Jillaroos' most recent Test in October – a 28-8 win over the Kiwi Ferns in Wollongong – were awarded 12-month contracts including recent debutants Botille Vette-Welsh, Kirra Dibb, Millie Boyle, Shakiah Tungai, Tiana Penitani and Chelsea Lenarduzzi.

    Long-serving Jillaroos pair Brittany Breayley and Sam Bremner, who were each unavailable for that match, were also contracted along with once-capped winger and Broncos try-scoring ace Julia Robinson.

    The elite group will receive access to the National Women's Elite Coaching and Performance Staff, including tailored training programs, wellbeing and education support, as well as media and leadership training ahead of the upcoming representative calendar and 2021 World Cup.

    Experienced players Chelsea Baker, Karina Brown, Vanessa Foliaki, Tazmin Gray, Zahara Tamara and Meg Ward have dropped off the 19-player elite list from last year while NSW halfback Maddie Studdon is another notable omission.

    Non-contracted players will still have opportunities to join in elite player camps throughout the year, with the first to be held in early March in Queensland.

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    Maroons eager to return to winning ways on home soil

    Jillaroos coach Brad Donald welcomed the return of veteran fullback Bremner alongside a burgeoning crop of rapidly-emerging younger players.

    "It's fantastic to have Sammy Bremner back ready and raring to go again, while the likes of Millie Boyle, Botille Vette-Welsh, Shakiah Tungai and Kirra Dibb have come on to the scene and continue to impress," Donald said.

    2020 NRL Women’s Contract List
    • Kezie Apps
    • Millie Boyle
    • Annette Brander
    • Brittany Breayley
    • Sam Bremner
    • Ali Brigginshaw
    • Keeley Davis
    • Kirra Dibb
    • Tallisha Harden
    • Isabelle Kelly
    • Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    • Corban McGregor
    • Tiana Penitani
    • Julia Robinson
    • Jessica Sergis
    • Hannah Southwell
    • Simaima Taufa
    • Shakiah Tungai
    • Botille Vette-Welsh
    • Holli Wheeler

    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2020/02/07/10-dragons-nrlw-stars-awarded-with-marquee-contracts/
     
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    NINES


    Nightingale to end career on own terms at Perth Nines
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    St George Illawarra legend Jason Nightingale will run out for the Dragons one last time at the Perth NRL Nines on February 14 and 15 at HBF Stadium.

    Nightingale etched his place as a St George Illawarra fan favourite throughout his 12-year career at the Red V, and is looking forward to one last hurrah as a Dragon.

    No stranger to the concept, Nightingale will kit up for his third Nines tournament with the Dragons under coach Paul McGregor.

    The now 33-year-old produced the third most games and equal-sixth most tries in the history of the Dragons, Steelers and St George Illawarra throughout his illustrious career.

    The man affectionately known as 'Gypsy' will look to end his career on his own terms after a dislocated elbow prevented him from featuring in the Dragons' run to the semi-finals prior to his retirement at the end of 2018.

    "It's going to be nice to finish my career on my terms, and not with an injury... although I still have to get through the tournament first," Nightingale laughed.

    "I haven't done anything competitive for 18 months so it has been exciting to have a purpose to training and an excuse to hang around footballers again.

    "It's going to be free-flowing affair with a carnival atmosphere and a great opportunity to not only wheel out the old fellas but also to blood some new, young talent.

    "That's why I feel grateful to be a part of this Nines, to receive an opportunity to play with these players who in the coming years will be where they're destined to be in first grade."

    The Dragons will formally announce the remainder of their Nines squad in the coming days.


    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2020/02/09/nightingale-to-end-career-on-own-terms-in-perth/
     
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    NRL Nines 2020: St George Illawarra legend Jason Nightingale to return for NRL Nines


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    Retired St George-Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale will make a brief rugby league return when he runs out for the Dragons at the NRL Nines in Perth next weekend.

    The former Kiwis international retired after the 2018 season, but will lace the boots up one more time as the Nines returns from a two-year hiatus.


    It will be the 33-year-old's third Nines tournament for the Red V.

    Nightingale's NRL career was cut short midway through the 2018 season when a dislocated elbow sidelined him as the Dragons made the finals.

    The cult hero opened his own cafe - Flow Espresso - but says he wants to have a proper farewell from the game.

    "It's going to be nice to finish my career on my terms, and not with an injury... although I still have to get through the tournament first," Nightingale told the Dragons' website.

    "I haven't done anything competitive for 18 months so it has been exciting to have a purpose to training and an excuse to hang around footballers again."

    Nightingale left the game as the Dragons' third most capped player ever, and he's looking forward to seeing the young talent coming through.

    "It's going to be free-flowing affair with a carnival atmosphere and a great opportunity to not only wheel out the old fellas but also to blood some new, young talent," he said.

    "That's why I feel grateful to be a part of this Nines, to receive an opportunity to play with these players who in the coming years will be where they're destined to be in first grade."

    The Dragons will announce the rest of their squad later in the week.

    News of Nightingale's return comes as the Dragons learned that forward Jack de Belin could potentially miss the entire 2020 season.

    The 28-year-old Dragons and NSW Blues lock is facing five sexual assault charges in relation to an alleged incident involving a woman in December, 2018.

    De Belin's trial had been expected to start this month, but after lawyers from both sides debated legal issues, it could be moved back to as late as August.

    De Belin missed the entire 2019 NRL campaign after he was banned indefinitely under the code’s controversial no fault stand-down policy last February.

    He is ineligible to play until after the trial has concluded.


    https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/rug...to-return-for-nrl-nines/ar-BBZNmYy?li=BBU4PL8
     
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    PRE-SEASON TRIALS


    Dragons ready for pointy end of pre-season
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    The running has become repetitive, every play have become a part of the conscious and fitness drills have become the norm.

    The pre-season has reached the pointy end and the Dragons are ready to rip into their pre-season fixtures.

    The NRL Nines returns in 2020 at HBF Stadium, Perth on February 14 and 15. A festival of rugby league and live entertainment, all 16 NRL and four NRLW teams will head west for the first time ever for pre-season bragging rights and $1,000,000 in prize money.

    Buy tickets to the NRL Nines now

    Modified rugby league rules will create non-stop action on the field, a range of food, drinks and live entertainment will provide plenty of fun in the sun.

    The Dragons will then head to Maitland's No. 1 Sportsground to take on the Newcastle Knights on Saturday, February 22.

    Maitland has a range of fine dining establishments to suit every taste, whether that be restaurants or cafes, to prepare for a huge day of rugby league action involving all three grades (NRL, Canterbury Cup and Jersey Flegg).

    Buy tickets to the Dragons' Maitland trial now

    The party doesn't stop at full-time either; several drinking holes will accommodate your game dissections to the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The last stop on the Dragons' pre-season travels, before their Round 1 clash against the Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday, March 15, is Mudgee.

    The annual Charity Shield clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs has made Glen Willow Stadium home over the past two years and will take place on Saturday, February 29.

    Buy tickets to the Charity Shield now

    In 2020, not only will the Central West of New South Wales be treated to more rugby league action, but also the Mudgee Cup will take place on the Sunday.

    Not a bad way to kick-start another huge season, wouldn't you say?


    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2020/02/11/dragons-ready-for-pointy-end-of-pre-season/
     
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    Flanno, ‘Shep’ and less sweeping plays: Inside the Dragons’ ‘real big shake-up’
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    The Dragons have revamped their attack and defence ahead of 2020. Photo credits: News Corp; DragonsSource: Supplied
    On the back of eight major backroom staff changes, St George Illawarra is preparing to unveil a revamped attack and defence in 2020.

    There was no sugar coating the Dragons’ performances last season where they finished 15th with eight wins — the worst in the joint venture’s history.

    It led to coach Paul McGregor bringing in Phil Gould for an exhaustive review of the club’s football department and subsequently, the likes of Cronulla premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan and former Sharks and Newcastle assistant James Shepherd were brought in to stop the leaking of tries.
    According to numbers provided by Fox Sports Lab, the Dragons conceded 24 points per game in 2019, with only Gold Coast conceding more (27.1). Their 575 points conceded last season was their third most in any regular season and most since 2003 when they conceded 593. They were also ranked second last in metres conceded and linebreaks conceded.

    Against top-eight teams, the Red V really struggled, averaging just 13.7 points, with only Canterbury (12.6) averaging less.

    Of the six times they scored over 20 points in 2019, only one of them came against a top eight side (25 v Broncos in Round 3), the others against the Bulldogs and Titans (both twice) and North Queensland.

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    The Dragons have overhauled things after a horror 2019.Source: Getty Images

    “There are a lot of factors into what happened last year,” Dragons halfback Hunt told foxsports.com.au when asked where the team’s attack fell down.

    “Obviously losing Jack (de Belin) and Gareth (Widdop) hurt us. It definitely didn’t help, and Corey (Norman) missed a bit too.

    “I still think we had enough quality players there to attack, but we just lost our way as a whole team. It wasn’t just losing those two guys, it was everyone who was involved.

    “It’s hard to put a finger on it, but like I said we just lost our way and I think it’s good we’ve got a fresh start now and we’re changing a few things and everyone’s excited for a fresh beginning.”




    ‘FLANNO’ AND ‘SHEP’

    With Flanagan and Shepherd joining McGregor and fellow assistant Dean Young, Hunt said Dragons fans would see a change in the way the team plays.

    McGregor admitted after the 2019 season the Dragons’ attack was too reliant on the performances of Widdop and de Belin, so a different approach needed to be taken.

    According to Hunt and backrower Tariq Sims, the coaches have made it a focus that the players actually play to their strengths.

    “They’ve been great and I’ve really enjoyed both of them on-board,” Hunt said of Flanagan and Shepherd.

    “Flanno’s more concentrating on defence and I’ve found him really good in that regard tactically and how we want to defend and the style of defence we want to have.

    “As a halfback, I’ve really enjoyed having ‘Shep’ as well. We’re changing our attack a lot compared to what it was last year and I think it suits the way myself and Corey play.

    “If you look at the Dragons the past few years there’s been a lot of big sweeping plays with halves out the back and those sorts of plays.

    “This year we might have a little bit of that, but there’s going to be more of myself and Corey getting the ball in our hands and directing our forwards around more rather than swinging out the back of them.”

    We played crap because JDB and Widdop were out.

    The excuse-argon continues.

    Dean Young has suddenly improved as a coach and Flanno and Shep are going to get the team to play to its strengths.

    This is such a lame self serving article.

    Basically We will limit the sweeping backline plays, and keep the ball away from our stellar centres by using our forwards more. Sounds to me like the McGregor “power game”.

    Surely Mary could have come up with this “new” game plan.

    Praying the new coaches at least improve our defence. Maybe we can win a couple of games by 1-0.
     
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    All that article did was confirm that Mary's coaching did not work and they needed to change. Widdop and JDB were out early. So he had no plan B which we all knew anyway
    They needed to change but unfortunately it was after Mary was extended the knuckleheads realised it. Mary is there only in spirit and man managing until....
    Put it this way simply Flanno and Shep were bought in to hold Mary upright.and keep him safe.(getting paid for doing something) .if they go then so does Mary....there is no turning back now
     
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    Flanno, ‘Shep’ and less sweeping plays: Inside the Dragons’ ‘real big shake-up’
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    The Dragons have revamped their attack and defence ahead of 2020. Photo credits: News Corp; DragonsSource: Supplied
    On the back of eight major backroom staff changes, St George Illawarra is preparing to unveil a revamped attack and defence in 2020.

    There was no sugar coating the Dragons’ performances last season where they finished 15th with eight wins — the worst in the joint venture’s history.

    It led to coach Paul McGregor bringing in Phil Gould for an exhaustive review of the club’s football department and subsequently, the likes of Cronulla premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan and former Sharks and Newcastle assistant James Shepherd were brought in to stop the leaking of tries, while also create them.


    According to numbers provided by Fox Sports Lab, the Dragons conceded 24 points per game in 2019, with only Gold Coast conceding more (27.1). Their 575 points conceded last season was their third most in any regular season and most since 2003 when they conceded 593. They were also ranked second last in metres conceded and linebreaks conceded.

    Against top-eight teams, the Red V really struggled, averaging just 13.7 points, with only Canterbury (12.6) averaging less.

    Of the six times they scored over 20 points in 2019, only one of them came against a top eight side (25 v Broncos in Round 3), the others against the Bulldogs and Titans (both twice) and North Queensland.

    “There are a lot of factors into what happened last year,” Dragons halfback Hunt told foxsports.com.au when asked where the team’s attack fell down.

    “Obviously losing Jack (de Belin) and Gareth (Widdop) hurt us. It definitely didn’t help, and Corey (Norman) missed a bit too.

    “I still think we had enough quality players there to attack, but we just lost our way as a whole team. It wasn’t just losing those two guys, it was everyone who was involved.

    “It’s hard to put a finger on it, but like I said we just lost our way and I think it’s good we’ve got a fresh start now and we’re changing a few things and everyone’s excited for a fresh beginning.”


    ‘FLANNO’ AND ‘SHEP’

    With Flanagan and Shepherd joining McGregor and fellow assistant Dean Young, Hunt said Dragons fans would see a change in the way the team plays.

    McGregor admitted after the 2019 season the Dragons’ attack was too reliant on the performances of Widdop and de Belin, so a different approach needed to be taken.

    According to Hunt and backrower Tariq Sims, the coaches have made it a focus that the players actually play to their strengths.

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    Ben Hunt in action for the Dragons.Source: AAP
    “They’ve been great and I’ve really enjoyed both of them on-board,” Hunt said of Flanagan and Shepherd.

    “Flanno’s more concentrating on defence and I’ve found him really good in that regard tactically and how we want to defend and the style of defence we want to have.

    “As a halfback, I’ve really enjoyed having ‘Shep’ as well. We’re changing our attack a lot compared to what it was last year and I think it suits the way myself and Corey play.

    “If you look at the Dragons the past few years there’s been a lot of big sweeping plays with halves out the back and those sorts of plays.

    “This year we might have a little bit of that, but there’s going to be more of myself and Corey getting the ball in our hands and directing our forwards around more rather than swinging out the back of them.”


    Sims also said he’d been hugely impressed with the development of Young this pre-season.

    “Deano went away with the Tongan camp and has evolved as a coach just being with the Tongan side and to see his development from last year to this year has been outstanding,” Sims told foxsports.com.au.

    “It’s been nice. Different ideas. Everyone loves playing to their strengths and when you get coaches that really drive that and gas you up on the footy field, it’s really exciting times.

    “You’re probably going to have to wait to Round 1 to see all the changes to be honest.

    “But there’s been a real big shake-up.”


    FULLBACK

    Fresh off signing a long-term contract extension with the club, Zac Lomax will get first crack in the No.1 jumper in 2020.

    Before the club took a break over Christmas, McGregor had already signalled his intention to play the young gun in the custodian role.

    While there have been huge raps on the 20-year-old in the junior grades, the start to his NRL career has been a mixed bag of performances which could be put down to a constant changing of positions.

    But he’s now able to own a position.

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    Zac Lomax of the Dragons dives for a try.Source: AAP


    “He’s a fierce competitor, Zac; he wants to be involved in absolutely everything,” Hunt said.

    “He tops our k’s every week at training, but he’s really hungry to learn and I think he’s got the ability to be a good fullback, but it’s just going to take a bit of time.

    “He always wants to fly into everything and he’s a young kid so he’s bouncing around all over the place.

    “He’s probably trying to do too much where he just needs to settle and get a hang of where he needs to be.”


    ISSAC LUKE

    The signing of former South Sydney and Warriors hooker Issac Luke raised eyebrows when it was announced, especially given the club’s No.9 and newly-appointed captain Cameron McInnes is an 80-minute player.

    But Hunt said Luke’s experience and point of difference could serve the side well if the pair work in tandem throughout games.

    “Bully’s slotted in really well,” Hunt said.

    “He brings a different dimension to the dummy-half role to what Cam does. They’re different types of players but both really good in their own right.

    “He’s really creative, he’s a good bloke and a joy to have around the place.”

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    Issac Luke has joined the Dragons on a one-year deal. Picture: Brett CostelloSource: News Corp Australia
    While Hunt wasn’t sure about the conversations between McInnes, Luke and McGregor, he said McInnes had been doing most of the work during the pre-season.

    “He was still out at the start of pre-season with his ankle injury so he missed and bit and Bully was in there, but the past couple of weeks it’s been mostly Cam and Bully just subs in every now and then,” Hunt said.

    “At the moment I’m not too sure how it’s going to work because Cam’s an 80-minute player, but whether Mary wants to use Bully in there and put Cam into lock forward then we’ll see how it goes.

    “I think (McInnes) would be fine (at lock). He’s really determined, he’ll run hard, he’s got good feet. I think he’d be a similar mould to someone like Cam Murray. Like he’s not the biggest guy, but he’s really hungry and play the ball quick.”


    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...p/news-story/d18fc4a526f372a6e6b15fa8e8cd081b
     
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    Now Dean Young is improved and developed as a coach after a couple of weeks with the Tongan team. What positive spin can they come up with next To justify holding positions.
     
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    Well the best spin of the day has been to include Turnstile in the ‘dynamic quintet’ for the 9’s WTF
     
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    mcGregor will probably make him capt...LOL
     
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    From the above article...

    McGregor admitted after the 2019 season the Dragons’ attack was too reliant on the performances of Widdop and de Belin, so a different approach needed to be taken.

    12 months too late...
     
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    Sorry ole chap but you are too harsh on our coaching staff.
    Dean Young has been retained to help prop up our spineless coach.
     
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    DRAGONS


    Dragons table three-year deal to Frizell as Knights circle
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    Dan Walsh NRL.com Reporter
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    The Dragons have tabled NSW and Australian Test star Tyson Frizell a three-year extension as rival clubs, led by Newcastle, attempt to lure him out of the famous Red V.

    Frizell met St George Illawarra powerbrokers earlier this week when the new deal was tabled, but has also fielded a three-year offer from the Knights as well after meeting with officials from the Hunter club.

    It's believed Frizell's preference is to remain at the Dragons and they are clear frontrunners to retain his services, though his status as one of the game's elite back-rowers means the club must come to the party with a top-dollar offer.

    The 28-year-old is keen to have his future sorted before the 2020 season starts.

    A three-year commitment would keep Frizell in red and white until the end of 2023, making for a decade of service at the Dragons, and offer a much-needed boost for the club as Paul McGregor bids to return to finals football.

    Since joining the Dragons in 2013 from Cronulla, he has become one of the best back-rowers in the Telstra Premiership, playing 14 Tests for the Kangaroos and 11 Origins for NSW.

    He recently told NRL.com that the "sooner I can get [negotiations] out of the way the better it is for myself and for the club as well".

    Newcastle's interest comes as new coach Adam O'Brien looks to make their roster his own, with the pursuit of Frizell potentially adding another marquee signing alongside stars Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Pearce and David Klemmer.

    Frizell is the biggest name in a host of Dragons coming off contract in 2020, headlining a list that includes James Graham, Euan Aitken, Tim Lafai, Issac Luke, Tristan Sailor and lock Jack de Belin, who has been stood down until his legal proceedings have been resolved.


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/02/13/dragons-table-three-year-deal-to-frizell-as-knights-circle/
     
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    Cody Ramsey's Dragons debut might not be too far away
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    OVER THE LINE: Cody Ramsey lining up for the Dragons in the under 20s competition in 2019. Photo: Gregg Porteous/NRL Imagery


    From Molong to Wollongong, Cody Ramsey has always been at the top of the class.

    He dominated for the Cabonne Roos as a junior, made waves at CYMS and Hawks and took to the Woodbridge Cup under 19s and seniors well under-age, and continued his dominance as the player of the year in the under 20s for the Dragons at Illawarra in 2019.

    And now he's jumping to the next level.

    Ramsey will line up for the Dragons in this weekend's NRL Nines at Perth as part of a young St George-Illawarra squad.


    He'll have the chance to line up alongside new St George-Illawarra captain Cameron McInnes, who's recovered from his broken leg, who'll lead a squad headlined by Nines internationals Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell (Australia), Tim Lafai (Samoa) and Brayden Wiliame (Fiji).

    However, the bulk of the squad will be young players looking to make their mark, with Ramsey, Adam Clune and Jayden Sullivan to be joined by young guns Jason Saab and Tristan Sailor.

    While Ramsey has been one of the fittest on the track for the Dragons in his first pre-season, he told the Dragons website he was still finding it "pretty tough".


    "Waking up early I was used to but my body wasn't used to doing all that work but now I'm feeling pretty good, the boys have got around me," he said.

    "I'm pretty competitive when it comes to fitness so I pride myself on it."

    He said he wasn't expecting the Dragons under 20s fullback role to land in his lap last year, but took his chance with two hands and ran with it, snaffling the award for player of the year in the process, despite illness in the middle of the year.


    "I was just competing ... they gave me the chance to slip in that role and I think i fitted in pretty well," he said.

    "We were going pretty good at start, our consistency was up and down, we had a slump halfway but we got back on our horse and did well but just got slipped in the final and that was unlucky."

    As for 2020, Ramsey wants to put his head down and get what he can done.

    "I'll see how I go, just keep playing consistent football, start this year how I finished last year," he said.


    https://www.centralwesterndaily.com...ons-ahead-of-his-chance-on-nines-stage/?cs=12
     

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