Darius Boyd (Full Back) - Can play
anywhere across the back line but has settled at full back since
joining the Dragons from Brisbane ahead of the 2009 season. His
try scoring strike rate dropped from 42.4% at Brisbane to a lowly
8.5% since moving to St George (Feka Paleaaesina did better than
that last season for us) but he has shown his class at rep level
with 6 tries in 8 Origin appearances for Queensland and 2 tries in
3 four nations appearances for Australia last Autumn.
Brett Morris (Right Wing) - A prolific
try score for the Dragons with 45 tries in 49 appearances during
the past two seasons. Scored in every match when Australia won the
four nations tournament here in 2009 and will be a big danger for
Amos Roberts to defend against.
Mark Gasnier (Right Centre) - Returned
to the Dragons in the middle of last season after a two season
spell playing Rugby Union in Paris. Maurice Lindsay was
desperately trying to bring him to Wigan back in the summer of
2003 but the deal never happened. Gasnier has played all his Rugby
League career at St George and has made 15 test appearances for
Australia and 9 origin appearances for New South Wales.
Matt Cooper (Left Centre) - The 31 year
old veteran is entering his 12th season of playing for the
Dragons, having made his debut in February 2000. Missed a few
games last year but had a good strike rate with 10 tries in 16
appearances. He's also scored 8 tries in 7 test appearances for
Australia but he hasn't played for the Green and Gold's since
Jason Nightingale (Left Wing) -
Represents New Zealand at test level, despite being born in
Sydney, and scored a try in last year's Four Nations Final victory
over Australia. Not as prolific as Morris on the opposite wing but
still a big strike weapon. He scored two tries in the NRL Grand
Final victory over Sydney Roosters.
Jamie Soward (Stand Off) - The goal
kicker of the team with a 73.2% success rate during his Dragons
career. He's a player who likes to take control having kicked 11
drop goals in the past two seasons, including a crucial one
pointer than sent the Dragons into the Grand Final last season
when they beat Wests Tigers 13-12.
Ben Hornby (Scrum Half) - Another
veteran of the Dragons, having made his debut for them back in
July 2000. Made one solo appearance for Australia when they lost
23-12 to Great Britain at Sydney Football Stadium in November
Dan Hunt (Prop Forward) - Claims this
will be his Grand Final after an achilles injury ruled him out of
the second half of last season. Been a one club man since making
his debut for the Dragons in 2007.
Michael Weyman (Prop Forward) - Like
Costigan, he was brought to the Dragons in 2009 despite an injury
plagued career at Canberra. Those problems seem to be past him now
and he's impressed enough to earn 4 Origin call ups for New South
Wales in the past two seasons, plus he made his test debut for
Australia against New Zealand in the mid season Anzac Test last
Adam Cuthbertson (Prop Forward/Second Row)
- New signing for 2011 having joined from Cronulla. Between 2006
and 2009 he played for Manly and was part of their side that won
the 2009 World Club Challenge against Leeds.
Trent Merrin (Prop Forward) -
Youngster who only made his career debut for the Dragons in May
2009. Played most of last season off the bench, including in the
Grand Final win over Sydney Roosters.
Dean Young (Hooker) - Can play hooker or
loose forward. Has played his whole club career at the Dragons,
having made his debut in March 2003. Earned his first ever test
call up last autumn when he played off the bench in Australia's
34-20 away win over New Zealand in Auckland.
Nathan Fien (Hooker) - Well
I could just copy and paste the previous comments about Jeremy
Smith because same applies for Fien. Joined the Dragons in 2009
but missed big chunks of the middle part of both season's at this
club but returned to play off the bench in last year's grand final
whilst being in the New Zealand side that won both the 2008 World
Cup and 2010 Four Nations.
Beau Scott (Second Row) - Was brought to
the Dragon by ex coach Nathan Brown in 2007 as a second rower.
Wayne Bennett switched him to centre in 2009 but he returned just
2 tries in 33 appearances in that position. When Mark Gasnier
returned he was reverted back to his second row position. He
played twice for New South Wales at centre in last year's Origin
Series. It perhaps say's a lot about NSW's origin problems when a
player who scored just 2 tries in 33 appearances at centre, make's
the rep team?
Ben Creagh (Second Row) - Another player
who has played all his career with the Dragons, since his debut in
August 2003. Very useful second row with 18 tries in the past two
seasons. Made a solo test appearance for Australia against France
way back in November 2005 but has scored 4 tries in 5 origin
appearances for New South Wales since 2009.
Jeremy Smith (Loose Forward) - Injury
problems have truncated both his two seasons with the Dragon's so
far but he did return to be part of the Grand Final winning team
last year. He has been an integral part of New Zealand's success
in recent years, playing in both the 2008 World Cup and 2010 Four
Nation's Final victories.
Matt Prior (Utility) -
Another youngster who is a wicket keeper for the England Cricket
Team in his spare time. Offers great utility value, having filled
in at Centre, Second Row, Loose Forward and Prop during the past
Jarred Saffy (Forward) - A
South African who made all of his 21 appearances last season off
the bench. Only scored 1 try in 61 career appearances.