Illawarra Newsroom

Dragons to blood another youngster

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19-year-old centre Max Feagai will become St George Illawarra's 236th first grader on Sunday after being named to make his NRL debut against Newcastle.

Interim coach Dean Young has handed Feagai a spot on the bench while rising star Cody Ramsey has been retained on the wing following his impressive debut in last weekend's loss to Canberra.

Veteran forward Tariq Sims has made a faster than expected recovery from a shoulder injury and will play his first game in six weeks off the bench while Billy Brittain and Tyrell Fuimaono have missed out on spots in the 17.

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St George Illawarra assistant coach Shane Flanagan is a chance of joining Newcastle next season after a position opened up in the Hunter.

Knights assistant David Furner is heading to Canterbury to team up with Trent Barrett in 2021 while Flanagan's looking for a gig after being told he won't be required at the Dragons when new head coach Anthony Griffin takes over at the end of the season.

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