St. George Illawarra Dragons

The St. George Illawarra Dragons is an Australian professional rugby league football club, representing both the Illawarra and St. George regions of New South Wales. The club has competed in the National Rugby League since 1999 after a joint-venture was formed between the St. George Dragons (est. 1921) and the Illawarra Steelers (est. 1982).[1] They officially formed as the game's first joint-venture club on 23 September 1998 and remain the only cross-city team in the NRL.[2] The team has its headquarters and leagues clubs in both Wollongong and the Sydney suburb of Kogarah, and train and play games regularly at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, as well as at Jubilee Oval in Kogarah. From 2006 to 2018 the club was jointly owned by the St. George Dragons 50%, Illawarra Steelers 25% and WIN Corporation 25%. In August 2018 WIN Corporation purchased the Illawarra Steelers remaining 25% stake.

The Dragons reached the grand final in their first season in 1999, losing to the Melbourne Storm. St. George Illawarra are one of only two clubs (the other being the Sydney Roosters in 1908) to finish runners-up in their inaugural season. The St. George Illawarra Dragons also field teams in local competitions within the St. George and Illawarra regions. In 2010, the Dragons won their second successive minor premiership and became the first team to be awarded the J. J. Giltinan Shield in consecutive years since the National Rugby League was formed in 1998.

The Dragons won the 2010 NRL Grand Final against the Sydney Roosters, defeating them 32–8 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney. They then won the 2011 World Club Challenge, defeating the Wigan Warriors 21–15 at DW Stadium in the UK. With its World Club Challenge victory, the club became the first Australian team since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992-3 to win the minor premiership, premiership and World Club Challenge simultaneously.

St. George Illawarra Dragons
St. George Illawarra Dragons logo
Club information
Full nameSt.George Illawarra Dragons
Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s)Saints, Dragons, Red V,
Colours     White
Founded23 September 1998
Current details
CEOBrian Johnston
CoachPaul McGregor (NRL)
Daniel Lacey (NRLW)
CaptainGareth Widdop (NRL)
Sam Bremner (NRLW)
CompetitionNational Rugby League and NRL Women's Premiership
2018 season7th (6th after finals) (NRL)
4th (NRLW)
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Home colours
Premierships1 (2010)
Runners-up1 (1999)
Minor premiership2 (2009, 2010)
World Club Challenge1 (2011)
Wooden spoonsNone
Most capped274 - Ben Hornby
Highest points scorer977 - Jamie Soward


In the wake of the Super League war of the mid-1990s, and the resulting split competition of 1997, the Illawarra Steelers found themselves struggling financially and seemed unlikely to survive past 1999. The St. George Dragons largely financed a proposal for a merger which would see the St George Illawarra Dragons playing in both Kogarah and Wollongong. Essentially, St George would provide the money while Illawarra would provide a broader junior and fan base. With the NRL's intention to rationalise the competition from 20 teams down to 14 teams and with a $4M incentive and a relaxing of salary cap requirements for a merger, the Dragons and the Steelers ensured their survival by forming the League's first merger on 23 September 1998.[3]

David Waite and Andrew Farrar (1999–2002)

Merged entity being a new concept in Australian rugby league, the public watched closely in anticipation of success or failure. No-one was certain how the top players sourced from the merged two feeder clubs would perform when they ran out onto the field. They were unsuccessful in their first outing, losing to the Parramatta Eels 20–10, but by the 4th round they had started to form some cohesion and would go on to achieve a top 8 position on the competition ladder by the end of the regular season. In the semi-finals the Dragons won against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park, before returning to Sydney to dispose of the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks to reach the Grand Final.

In the 1999 Grand Final the Dragons were leading by 14–0 at the break in front of a world record crowd of 107,999. A fairytale of a maiden title in their first year seemed destined to come true; something of an advertisement to any other clubs considering the option of a merger, but the Storm recovered from their poor start and went into the final minutes of the game with the Dragons leading by 18–12. The Dragons were forced to perform a drop kick from their own goal line, and on the fifth tackle Brett Kimmorley kicked high towards the Dragon's corner of the field. As the Storm's winger Craig Smith caught the ball over the try-line he was knocked unconscious in a tackle by Jamie Ainscough and lost the ball. Referee Bill Harrigan deferred to the video referee who ruled a penalty try on the grounds that contact had been made with the head, giving Melbourne a 20–18 lead and the premiership title.

In the 2000 season though they had a rough start, and in Round 5, the Dragons recorded their worst defeat for the club, losing 70–10 against the Melbourne Storm. This was the first game these two teams played against each other since the 1999 grand final, and was played at the MCG. On 3 May to the surprise and shock of fans and club officials, Anthony Mundine announced his retirement from the club and rugby league in general with immediate effect to pursue a career in boxing. The Dragons were not going well in the first half of the 2000 season, and the main coach David Waite was replaced with assistant coach, Andrew Farrar. Soon after the replacement of coaches, the Dragons recorded their best ever win. They defeated the New Zealand Warriors 54–0 in round 14 at WIN Stadium, with debutant Amos Roberts scoring a record 22 points (one try and nine goals) for any player on debut. The Dragons, however, missed out of the finals series, and came 9th. Despite their poor season, Trent Barrett was awarded with the Dally M Medal.

Nathan Brown (2003–2008)

In 2003, Nathan Brown, the merged entity's first number 9 achieved the position of coach, becoming the youngest non-playing coach in premiership history at the age of 29. The Dragons finished the season 10th. Nathan Brown was also involved in a sideline incident when he had slapped Trent Barrett in Wollongong during a game against Manly, and was issued a $5000 fine.

2004 saw the final season of the try scoring talent Nathan Blackcock. An extraordinary scoreline was seen in the round 25 clash with Manly. Trailing 34–10 after 53 minutes the Dragons came back to win the match 36–34. This was the second biggest comeback in Australian Rugby League history. Finishing 5th, the Dragons were eliminated in the first round of the finals after losing in a thrilling game 30–31 to 4th placed Penrith.

In 2005, after their worst start to a season yet (losing 5 of their first 6 games), the St. George Illawarra side finished second in a close season on the ladder at completion of the 2005 season, just behind minor premiers the Parramatta Eels on points difference. After progressing to the finals they defeated local rivals the Cronulla Sharks 28–22 in the quarter final of the finals series though the Dragons eventually fell 12–20 to eventual champions the Wests Tigers in the Preliminary Final. The Dragons broke the ground record at WIN Stadium twice in the 2005 season. First against rivals the Sydney Roosters and then at their home quarter final game against the Cronulla Sharks.

In early 2006, WIN Television Network bought a 25% stake in the Illawarra Steelers Club for $6.5 million, erasing most of the debt Illawarra had to St. George. This formalised the strong support the network has shown for the Steelers in years gone by and ensured that Wollongong continued to host world class rugby league matches.

After a bad start to the 2006 season, the Dragons put on a midseason 7-game winning streak. This was followed by a form slump, with a record five consecutive losses, only to return to form with a victory over the Tigers, and continue this positive form leading into the finals. The Dragons ended the regular season in sixth position.

In the finals campaign, St George Illawarra faced the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in the first round, the Dragons won the game 20–4. In the second round, they met the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at the Sydney Football Stadium winning 28–0. In the grand final qualifier, they played the Melbourne Storm, where the Dragons went down 24–10 bowing out of season 2006. The Dragons can take solace from the fact that they did defeat the eventual premiers, Brisbane, three times during the 2006 season – 26–12 at Wollongong in Round 4, 18–16 at Suncorp Stadium in Round 15 and the aforementioned qualifying final match.

Season 2007 saw an early injury to Mark Gasnier in the Charity Shield match against South Sydney Rabbitohs creating another poor start for the Dragons. Combined with the loss of key players such as Luke Bailey, Trent Barrett and Shaun Timmins in the off-season, the Dragons faced NRL newcomers, the Gold Coast Titans, in Round 1. The Dragons won the historic match 20–18, however lost 6 more matches after that leaving the Dragons sitting in 15th place on the NRL Ladder. This was a very inexperienced Dragons team that seemed destined for a poor injury plagued season. However, in Round 17 (vs Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium), the Dragons scored four times more points than their previous game average, winning the match 58–16, equalling their highest ever score and their largest victory in three years. The Dragons season ended with a 28–24 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval, finishing in 13th place, their lowest finish to date.

2008 saw the end of an era, with coach Nathan Brown's contract not renewed after yet another poor start to the season, winning 1 of their first 6 matches. The club received a boost in May when former dual-code international player Wendell Sailor joined the team. Several notable players departed at the end of the year including Jason Ryles[4] and captain Mark Gasnier. The Dragons finished the season in 7th place, however they lost in the first round of the finals to eventual premiers Manly (whom they defeated 20–18 in round 11) 34–6 at Brookvale Oval ending yet another disappointing season. The era under Brown was one of frustration for Dragons fans, as there were high expectations for the strong side, but ultimately no premierships.

Wayne Bennett (2009–2011)

2009, a new season a new coach and ground sponsor WIN at Jubilee Oval. Several new faces joined the club, including Jeremy Smith, Darius Boyd, Neville Costigan, Michael Weyman and Luke Priddis. The season opener against the Storm ended in a thrilling golden point extra time loss (17–16). Round 3 set a new crowd record with the victorious return to WIN Jubilee against Cronulla.

They were consistently placed first on the competition ladder in 2009, contributed by a continuous winning streak of seven games since their win against the North Queensland Cowboys on 14 June. They lost first position after a three-game losing streak while the Canterbury Bulldogs won all games in that period, but remain in the top three. However, in the final round of the 2009 regular season, St. George Illawarra defeated in-form Parramatta Eels 37–0, a game in which winger Brett Morris obtained a hat-trick and man of the match honours, while the Bulldogs lost 34–12 to the Wests Tigers. In the same game, St. George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward surpassed Harry Bath's record for most points in a season by a St. George player. As a result, the Dragons won the minor premiership for the 2009 and Wayne Bennett's first season at the club, but the team was eliminated from the finals after losing both their finals matches, therefore becoming the first minor premiers since 1993. In the first match they were humbled in front of a packed Jubilee Stadium, before travelling to face Bennett's former team. The Broncos defeated the Dragons. Season 2010 saw the club lose seven matches – the same tally as in the 2009 home-and-away season, against eventual wooden spooners the Melbourne Storm, 2008 premiers the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, their perennial bogey team the Canberra Raiders, 2003 premiers the Penrith Panthers in round 17, the Gold Coast Titans in extra time in round 20, Bennett's old team the Brisbane Broncos in round 21 and a second time to the Canberra Raiders in round 24. The team has been placed first since round five.

The team won its second minor premiership in succession (the first NRL team to do so since the inception of the NRL in 1998) with victory against the Newcastle Knights in the penultimate round of the 2010 NRL season. The Dragons had led the competition from round five right through to the final round, spending 21 consecutive weeks on top of the ladder and therefore spending the longest period of time on top of the ladder in NRL history (not including the Melbourne Storm).

St George Illawarra met Manly in the first week of the 2010 finals and produced a 28–0 victory. The Dragons then defeated Wests Tigers 13–12 with Jamie Soward kicking the winning field goal for a place in the 2010 NRL Grand Final.

In the 2010 NRL Grand Final, the Dragons defeated the Sydney Roosters 32–8, to secure the club's first grand final victory. The Dragons overcame a poor first half performance to pull a thrilling victory out of the hat. This victory made Wayne Bennett's grand final record at 7 wins from 8 and thus continuing Brian Smith's poor grand final record of 4 losses from 4. Darius Boyd won a premiership with Bennett and the Brisbane Broncos in 2006, won the Clive Churchill Medal for best on ground in the match.

St George Illawarra began their 2011 Season with pre-season wins in trials over Canterbury and South Sydney in the Charity Shield. The club also claimed its first World Club Challenge Championship, defeating Wigan Warriors 21–15 at DW Stadium. As of Round 14 2011, the Dragons have won 10 straight(excluding a 14–14 draw against Parramatta in Round 13).

It was announced in March 2011 that Bennett will leave the Dragons after the 2011 season, signing a four-year deal with the Newcastle Knights from the 2012 season onwards. Steve Price was named his successor.

Steve Price and Paul McGregor (2012 - present)

Dragons cheerleaders
The club's cheersquad, The Flames, performing during the Dragons' Anzac Day match against the Roosters in 2018.

2012 saw the club with a new coach. The Dragons narrowly missed out on a Finals spot, finishing up in 9th position. Several notable players departed from the club at the end of the season, including Ben Hornby and Dean Young, who both retired from the sport. The start of the 2013 season saw the arrival of few key acquisitions, namely Gerard Beale from the Broncos and Tyson Frizell from the Cronulla Sharks. The season was plagued by inconsistent form, alongside injuries and speculation regarding Price's future at the club. After winning three straight matches on the lead up to the annual Anzac Day clash with the Roosters, it was announced that Price would be signed for another year with an option for a second at the clubs disposal. Despite the clubs faith in Price as well as the arrival of star fullback Josh Dugan from Canberra - in a mid-season transfer, the club was unable to string together consistent performances and finished the year at 14th position.

Star five-eighth Gareth Widdop joined the club for 2014, but by late May 2014, just after the star signing of Benji Marshall, the board sacked Price as coach due to some embarrassing defeats to start the season. Assistant coach Paul McGregor was named as his replacement until the end of the season, and was eventually employed full-time following improved results. This culminated in the club returning to the finals in 2015 and enjoying a successful year.

In the 2017 NRL Season, St George lead the competition after the first eight rounds before a dramatic slide which saw the club record only six wins for the rest of the season. In the final match of the regular season, St George played against Canterbury with a win guaranteeing them a finals spot and jumping ahead of North Queensland. With under ten minutes to play, St George were ahead on the scoreboard before two quick tries gave Canterbury a 26-20 victory.[5][6][7]

The 2018 season saw the arrival of two star signings, English international James Graham [8] and the Australian and Queensland halfback Ben Hunt.[9] These signings and a successful season culminated in the club returning to the finals in 2018 and enjoyed a successful year. On the 9th September 2018, St. George Illawarra Dragons won their first qualifying final in 8 years, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 48-18 at Suncorp Staudium.[10] The following week, St George played against South Sydney in week 2 of the finals series and were defeated 13-12 in a tight game. The match was also the first time since 1984 that the two clubs had played each other in the finals.[11] The Intrust Super Premiership NSW St George side also had a strong year finishing second at the end of the regular season were they made the preliminary final but were defeated 28-26 by Canterbury.[12]

In August 2018 WIN Corporation purchased the Illawarra Steelers remaining 25% stake in the club for a "commercially in confidence" sum. The St. George Dragons and WIN Corporation now have a 50% stake each. WIN Corporation has paid off the $6 million debt the St. George Illawarra Dragons owed the NRL. The club's home venues will continue to be WIN Stadium and Jubilee Stadium.[13]

Season summaries

P=Premiers, R=Runners-Ups, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons
(Brackets Represent Finals Games)
Competition Games
P R M F W Coach Captain Notes
1999 NRL Season 24(4) 15(3) 0 9(1) 6/17 X X David Waite
Andrew Farrar
Paul McGregor Runners Up
2000 NRL Season 26 12 0 14 9/14 Craig Smith Barrett receives Dally M medal
2001 NRL Season 26(2) 12(1) 2 12(1) 7/14 X Andrew Farrar Ainscough and Barrett represent NSW
2002 NRL Season 24(2) 9(1) 3 12(1) 7/15 X Trent Barrett Barrett new captain
2003 NRL Season 24 11 0 13 10/15 Nathan Brown Nathan Brown becomes coach
2004 NRL Season 24(1) 14 0 10(1) 5/15 X Dragons have a 24-point comeback
2005 NRL Season 24(2) 16(1) 0 8(1) 2/15 X Gasnier Centre of the year
2006 NRL Season 24(3) 14(2) 0 10(1) 6/15 X Gasnier Centre of the year
2007 NRL Season 24 9 0 15 13/16 Various Sign Jamie Soward
2008 NRL Season 24(1) 13 0 11(1) 7/16 X Mark Gasnier Nathan Brown not renewed as coach for 2009
2009 NRL Season 24 (2) 17 0 7 (2) 1/16 X X Wayne Bennett Ben Hornby[14] Minor Premiers
2010 NRL Season 24(3) 17(3) 0 7 1/16 X X X Minor Premiers, Premiers
2011 NRL season 24(2) 14 1 9(2) 5/16 X World Club Challenge Champions
2012 NRL season 24 11 0 13 9/16 Steve Price
2013 NRL season 24 7 0 17 14/16 Ben Creagh Sign Josh Dugan
2014 NRL season 24 11 0 13 11/16 Price --> McGregor Sign Gareth Widdop, Benji Marshall
2015 NRL season 24(1) 12 0 12(1) 8/16 X Paul McGregor Made Top 8/ Finals for the first time since 2011
2016 NRL season 24 10 0 14 11/16 Gareth Widdop Sign Tim Lafai and Tariq Sims
2017 NRL season 24 12 0 12 9/16 Sign Paul Vaughan,Nene Macdonald,Cameron McInnes
2018 NRL season 24(2) 15(1) 0 9(1) 7/16 X Sign Ben Hunt, James Graham

Colours and jerseys

Name and Emblem

The team colours of the St. George Illawarra Dragons are red and white, colours shared by both the St. George Dragons and Illawarra Steelers. The merged entity's logo was taken directly from that of St George, with the addition of "Illawarra" to the bottom of the emblem. The emblem reflected the rich history of the St George Dragons, including an incredible 11 consecutive premierships, and the future strength of the club with the Illawarra.

The club name Dragons, is a shortened version of "Dragonslayers", the original nickname of St George. The emblem features a red shield with a silhouette of St. George, overlaid with a white stylised Dragon, with the words "ST. GEORGE" and "ILLAWARRA" above and below the shield respectively. It was originally intended for St George to face right and the Dragon to face left.


When the St George Illawarra Dragons were formed in 1998, it was decided that the jersey of St George (first used in 1945), the famous "Red V" on white, would become the main jersey for the new club. The red used was changed to the scarlet tone used by the Steelers.

The alternate jersey initially used by the club was red and white horizontal stripes, similar to the 1921 St George Jersey known as the "blood and bandages". Since 2006, this Jersey has been reserved for use as the St George Illawarra Heritage Jersey for special occasions. This Jersey is worn during Heritage Round, when the Dragons confront fierce local rivals the Bulldogs RLFC.

In 2004 and 2005, the club used a jersey similar to the Steelers main jersey for Heritage matches, acknowledging the rugby league history of the Illawarra region, though not as a full-time alternate strip. This jersey was predominantly red with white stripes on the sleeves. With Adidas producing the club's official merchandise from 2006, a generic Adidas design – predominantly red with three white stripes down the sleeves – was adopted as the full-time alternate strip; before another re-design in 2008, which better reflected the old Steelers jersey.

Reebok produced supporter and team kits from the 2010 season. Again the Red V was the Main jersey and the Alternate jersey was a red design with white slash marks. XBlades became the main jersey supplier for the 2018 season and onwards.

St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999

Main Jersey (1999–)

Home grounds

OKI Jubilee Grandstand
Inside Jubilee Oval
WIN Stadium5
Inside WIN Stadium

The Dragons have Two home grounds, reflecting the joint nature of the club:

Half of the Dragons home matches are played at Jubilee Oval (previously the home of the St George Dragons), while the remainder of their home matches are played at the Wollongong Showground (previously the home ground of the Illawarra Steelers).

The club has previously played Sydney home games out of the Sydney Football Stadium (2000–2002), Stadium Australia (2008) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (on one occasion in 2011), due to redevelopment or unavailability of Jubilee Oval.

The club has taken their home ground advantage away from their usual home grounds to the Sydney Football Stadium for the Club ANZAC Game against the Sydney Roosters in the 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 seasons. In 2002 when the match was first held, the Sydney Football Stadium was, at the time, one of the Dragons' main home grounds, whilst in 2008 the match was played at ANZ Stadium, a very unpopular move amongst supporters.

Outside Jubilee Oval, that includes a Walk of Fame

Right Game Right Venue Strategy

In 2013, the club entered into a four-year agreement with the NRL to move 4 of their 12 home games to one of the major Sydney stadiums (Allianz Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground, ANZ Stadium).

The strategic intent was to replicate the success of the annual game played against Sydney Roosters on ANZAC day. As part of this initiative, the club and the NRL sought to introduce an annual Heritage Round game against South Sydney at the SCG.

In 2017, the club announced that the NRL had only provided three appropriate games to support this initiative for the 2017 season.

It was announced that from the 2018 NRL season that all games (except for the ANZAC clash Vs the Sydney Roosters and one other round) would be shared equally between Kogarah and Wollongong.

Stadium records

Highest Attendances at WIN Jubilee Oval

Crowd Against Date
20,847 Dragons v Sharks 29 Mar 2009
19,892 Dragons v Wests Tigers 29 May 2011
19,319 Dragons v Eels 1 May 2011
19,173 Dragons v Storm 6 May 2018
18,415 Dragons v Bulldogs 15 May 2009

Highest attendances at WIN Stadium

Crowd Against Date
19,608 Dragons v Sharks 10 Sep 2005
19,512 Dragons v Roosters 29 Jun 2005
19,501 Dragons v Bulldogs 28 Jul 2007
18,980 Dragons v Rabbitohs 31 Jul 2011
18,947 Dragons v Manly 27 Jun 2011

Current squad

St. George Illawarra Dragons 2019
First team squad Development players Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Ian Millward – Director of Rugby League Pathways
  • Dean Young – Assistant Coach
  • Ben Hornby - Assistant Coach
  • Mathew Head – Assistant Coach / ISP Coach
  • Wayne Collins- Jersey Flegg Coach
  • Andrew Gray – Performance Director
  • Ciriaco Mescia – Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Dan Lawson – Physiotherapist
  • Nathan Pickworth- Head of Athletic Performance

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (gk) Goal kicker
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 29 March 2019
Source(s): Dragons Squad


Leagues clubs

St George Leagues Club, Beverley Park, Sydney

As well as having two administrative offices, St. George Illawarra are supported by two separate Leagues clubs – one in each of the St. George and Illawarra areas.

St. George Dragons Leagues Club

The St. George Leagues Club is located on the Princes Highway at Beverley Park close to the northern home ground of Jubilee Oval at Carlton. Established in 1963, St. George was one of the first Super Leagues clubs developed in the 60's and was commonly referred to as the Taj Mahal because of the use of white marble in the original building.[15] Very little of the original building is still there today after extensive refurbishing and redesigning the entire club to make it one of the most superbly fitting clubs in Australia.

Illawarra Steelers Leagues Club

Situated in the middle of the City Beach precinct, the Steelers Club is located adjacent to WIN Entertainment Centre and WIN Stadium. It is directly across the road from the grounds Western Grandstand. Established in 1990, the club has struggled financially against much larger and more popular leagues clubs in Wollongong, such as Collegians, Dapto Leagues Club, Wests Illawarra Leagues Club, and Shellharbour Workers Club in Shellharbour. However, after a major restructure of its operations, the Steelers Club has trading profitably over the last 12 months. Twenty percent of the club premises were sold to Bermuda-based Billionaire and owner of WIN Corp, Bruce Gordon. The sale fetched $2.6 million.[16]


Many supporters of the Dragons mainly come from the club's local areas, the suburbs of the St. George district in Sydney (the Hurstville, Bayside, and Kogarah Council regions), and the Illawarra on the south-coast of NSW. The St. George Illawarra Dragons also have a huge following in south-east Queensland, as a significant number of the club's 'Red V' memberships are from people in this area. The Dragons also have a large number of supporters from all over NSW, with the club receiving record crowds at away games at ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia) at Sydney Olympic Park. Some notable supporters of the team include Sally Fitzgibbons, John Stanley, Dave Gleeson, Morris Iemma, Graham Richardson, Barrie Unsworth, Ian McNamara, Stephanie Magiros, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Bob Simpson, Mark Taylor, Kerry O'Keeffe, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Jurman, Billy Dib, Jihad Dib, Melissa Perrine, Tony Squires, Lara Pitt, Ken Rosewall, Geoff Harvey, Mike Dalton, Drew Morphett, Matt Moran, Stephen Jones, Graham Perrett, John Hewson, John Howard,[17] Mark Latham[18] Robert McClelland[18] and Brett Lee.[19]


Due to St George enjoying great success over the years, the St George Illawarra Dragons have inherited several fierce rivalries, while also creating a few new ones since forming the joint venture.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

St George Illawarra has a fierce rivalry with neighbour the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were founded in 1935, 14 years after St George. St. George inflicted a RL record 91–6 defeat of Canterbury in 1935 but Canterbury enjoyed premiership success first, however St.George recorded 11 straight premierships in the years following (1955–1966). It was also the Bulldogs who put an end to their Premiership run in 1967, when the Bulldogs beat them by 1 point in the preliminary final to face the Rabbitohs in the Grand Final. Since then, both clubs have inflicted Premiership defeats on the other, St George defeating the Bulldogs in 1979, Canterbury returning the favour in 1985.[20] The two sides are rivals in the NRL Heritage Round. The Bulldogs and the Dragons also unofficially have a territorial rivalry, with fans from both teams coming in large amounts around Arncliffe, Earlwood, Kingsgrove, Marrickville, and Panania.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

St George Illawarra's fiercest rivalries is with their Southern neighbour, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. The Sharks originally were part of the St George juniors area, and the Sharks are often referred to as St George's "little brother".[21] The Dragons have had the same amount of success as the Sharks, who have also won one premiership. In fact, since the Dragons entered the competition in 1999, both the Dragons and Sharks have finished higher than the other six times apiece. The rivalry increased in 2005 when they met in a final at a sold out WIN Stadium; the Dragons winning 28–22. Cronulla finished the 1999 season as minor premiers, but the Dragons beat them 26–8 in the preliminary final to progress to the 1999 NRL Grand Final at the Sharks' expense. The Dragons trailed 0–8 at halftime.

Both clubs have been accused of poaching players from the other, and compete for fans in the same region. In 1999, the Cronulla CEO infamously cut up a St George Jersey after a match at Toyota Stadium. During the Super League war, Cronulla-Sutherland was one of only 3 Sydney teams to join the rival competition, entrenching further spite from Dragons fans (Both the St George Dragons and the Illawarra Steelers were loyal to the ARL during the Super League War).

In 2009, former Dragons captain Trent Barrett switched to the Sharks after two years in the Super League. In his return match to Kogarah in round 3, 2009, Barrett was injured and with him went any hopes Cronulla had of winning the premiership (in the preceding year, the Sharks had finished equal-first) that year. Other players to have switched clubs include Lance Thompson and Jeremy Smith (Dragons to Sharks), Beau Scott, Sam Isemonger and Matt Bickerstaff (Sharks to Dragons) and Colin Best (Sharks to Dragons and then back again, as of 2011). In another match in 2009, Sharks captain Paul Gallen was found guilty of a racial slur involving then Dragons forward Mickey Paea.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

St George won 15 premierships before merging with Illawarra. In 2010 they won their first NRL premiership as a merged entity. The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won the most premierships with 21, the Sydney Roosters next on 13 premierships. The Rabbitohs and Dragons met several times in grand finals prior to the merger and being the north-eastern neighbours of St George, had many fierce encounters. The most significant match of this rivalry is the Charity Shield, a pre-season fixture between the two sides that was abandoned after the 1999 match but was revived after Souths were re-admitted to the NRL in 2002.[22]

Sydney Roosters

Dragons vs Roosters, Anzac Day 2018
The pre-match formalities taking place prior to the 2018 Anzac Day clash between the two clubs.

St George has another strong rivalry with the Sydney Roosters. St George's first premiership was a 31–14 victory over Easts in the 1941 NSWRFL season Grand Final. During 1995, the Roosters had secret discussions to merge with the Dragons, with the Dragons jersey and emblem to disappear. Fans were outraged, and the attempt aborted. St George Illawarra annually contests the Club ANZAC Game against the Roosters, a tradition dating back to the 1970s, but has been contested regularly since 2002.[23] The Dragons achieved their first NRL premiership by defeating the Roosters 32–8 in the hotly contested 2010 NRL Grand Final.

Brisbane Broncos

Prior to the joint-venture, both St George and Illawarra had created strong rivalries with Brisbane in the early 1990s. St George and Brisbane Broncos contested the 1992 and 1993 Grand Finals, creating a fierce rivalry (see New South Wales Rugby League season 1993). Also, Illawarra had produced some memorable performances against Brisbane, including the infamous 1989 Panasonic Cup Final (which Brisbane won) and the 1992 Tooheys Challenge Cup Final (won by Illawarra).

The St George Illawarra Dragons had the longest winning streak against the Brisbane Broncos than any other club (eight, from round 23, 2005 to round 4, 2009 inclusive, including one final in 2006), across five years. With former Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett at the helm of St George Illawarra, and Wendell Sailor, a popular face in the NRL and a former Bronco, the rivalry only increased. In 2009, the Dragons defeated the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium early, and were then beaten in Wollongong by the Broncos later on in the season. One game a piece, the two sides met up in Brisbane in the finals, where they lost to the Broncos 24–10, thus ending the Dragons season and also that of Wendell Sailor's career. Ironically, his first (and last) game for the Dragons were both against the Broncos.

Some memorable matches between the Dragons and the Broncos have included:

  • Round 11, 2002: Brisbane were at the top of the ladder undefeated at the time until they ran into the Dragons at Aussie Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Dragons won 28–20 to inflict Brisbane's first defeat of the season, but in round 17 the Broncos got them back with a 34–22 victory at ANZ Stadium.
  • Round 26, 2003: The Dragons were out of finals contention and the Broncos the previous week had lost a then club-record breaking sixth straight loss when the two teams came together at Suncorp Stadium in the final round of the 2003 season. The second-string Dragons side, without more than half of its first grade side stunned the Broncos 26–25 with hooker Mark Riddell kicking an improbable penalty goal with just over 90 seconds remaining. This condemned the Broncos to their seventh loss in succession and gave Dragons fans some hope for the 2004 season.
  • Round 12, 2004: Not even an early try from Mark Gasnier (who was dropped from the New South Wales State of Origin team for disciplinary issues) could inspire the Dragons as they lost by just two points, 24–22.
  • Round 23, 2005: In a potential Grand Final preview, scores were locked at 0–0 for the majority of the first half before the Dragons broke away in the second half to record a 24–4 win and instigate Brisbane's then-traditional late-season poor form.
  • Round 15, 2006: With the Dragons trailing 16–12 with two minutes remaining, Dragons winger Brett Morris scored his first-ever first grade try in the corner in the dying minutes after catching a Mathew Head bomb. The try was allowed, leaving Dragons hooker Aaron Gorrell (in a twist of irony, he later went on to play for the Broncos) with the sideline conversion to win the game. Gorrell nailed it and the Dragons won the match 18–16.
  • 2nd Qualifying Final, 2006: The Dragons upset the Broncos 20–4, the third time the Dragons defeated Brisbane in that year. The Broncos ultimately went on to win the premiership.
  • Round 13, 2008: Wendell Sailor played his first game for the Dragons against the Broncos, but was rested just before halftime following a jaw injury suffered in the first half. The Dragons won 34–16.
  • Round 23, 2008: Sailor marked his return to Suncorp Stadium with his first try since coming back to rugby league in a win to the Dragons, 24–20.
  • Round 4, 2009: Wayne Bennett, Darius Boyd and a host of others opposed the Broncos for the first time in their lives. Despite conceding an early try to Israel Folau, the Dragons won 25–12 with Wendell Sailor appropriately scoring the match winning try.
  • 2nd Semi-Final, 2009: The Broncos ended the Dragons season with a 24–10 win, and the Dragons became the first minor premiers in 16 years to be eliminated in just the 2nd round of the Finals.
  • 2nd Semi-Final, 2011: The Broncos beat the Dragons 13-12 field goal kicked by Darren Lockyer in overtime, Darren won the game with a fractured cheekbone that he received late in the game, this also turned out to be Darren Lockyer's last game for the Broncos and Wayne Bennett (coaching) and Mark Gasnier's last for the Dragons.
  • Round 1, 2018: In the season opener, Ben Hunt played his first game for the Dragons after leaving the Broncos the year before, the Dragons beat the Broncos 34-12 with Hunt scoring an intercept try off a poor pass from Broncos recruit Matt Lodge.

Players who played for the Dragons who have won premierships with Brisbane include Darius Boyd and Luke Priddis, who also won a premiership with Penrith in 2003. Others of note include Nick Emmett who was brought to the club by Wayne Bennett, and Neville Costigan, who was sacked just before the Broncos' 2006 success.

Melbourne Storm

These two teams played in the Grand Final in 1999. It is remembered for the penalty try conceded by Dragons winger Jamie Ainscough that cost the Dragons the premiership. It was the Dragons' first NRL Grand Final appearance as a merger and the Storm's first Grand Final appearance in just its second year in existence. The Dragons had led 14–0 at halftime only for Melbourne to come back and claim a controversial 20–18 win following the penalty try two minutes from time.

The two teams have also had some memorable, not to mention controversial matches in the decade that followed, none more so than the Grand Final rematch in 2000 which saw the Storm annihilate the Dragons 70–10 at the MCG (this remains St George Illawarra's biggest defeat as a joint-venture to date). In the lead up to that match, then-Dragons five-eighth Anthony Mundine had claimed that the Storm were not worthy premiers, sparking anger from the Storm's fans and players, thus the catalyst for the huge win. The Dragons however did claim revenge later that year with a 50–4 win at WIN Stadium (that also remains the Storm's worst ever defeat to date).

The 2009 season opened with these two teams going head to head in another much talked about match. Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward was labelled a 'rag doll' in defence whilst trying to stop the Storm's Greg Inglis scoring a try, however ever since that match Soward's game has matured. The Dragons lost 17–16 in extra time, with Inglis scoring the match winning field goal. In the return match, Soward was also the centre of attention as he used his foot to prevent Inglis again from scoring, resulting in an eight-point try and Soward being put on report (he was reprimanded for this). The Dragons won this match 26–12. In round 4, 2010, the Dragons were the last team to lose premiership points to the Storm before their salary cap scandal was revealed.

The rivalry re-ignited when the Dragons were also involved in a controversial loss to Storm at the start of the 2014 season. In their round 6 game at AAMI Park, a refereeing and timekeeping error resulted in Storm scoring a try after the siren had gone, to win them the match. In the 80th minute, Dragons were ahead 24-22. The full-time siren sounded in the 80th minute, prior to the Storm player in possession being tackled. After the tackle was completed, the referees allowed play to continue, rather than ending the match, which gave Storm the chance to spread the ball in an elongated play, which resulted in a try and conversion in the 81st minute, giving them the win, 28-24.

Club records

(As of the end of the 2018 season)

Player records

Most Games for the Dragons

Player Games
Ben Hornby 273
Ben Creagh 270
Jason Nightingale 266
Matt Cooper 243
Dean Young 209
Mark Gasnier 174
Brett Morris 169
Jason Ryles 156
Trent Barrett 154
Jack de Belin 154

Most Points in a Season

Player Points Games Year Tries Goals F/G
Jamie Soward 234 24 2009 12 90 6
Gareth Widdop 205 22 2018 4 94 1
Jamie Soward 197 26 2010 6 84 5
Gareth Widdop 191 21 2017 10 71 1
Gareth Widdop 182 21 2015 9 73 0
Mark Riddell 166 24 2003 7 69 0
Wayne Bartrim 162 25 1999 5 79 0
Jamie Soward 157 23 2011 4 68 5
Gareth Widdop 137 24 2014 3 61 3
Gareth Widdop 133 24 2016 6 54 1

Most Points for the Dragons (300+ )

Player Points Tries Goals F/G
Jamie Soward 977 39 398 25
Gareth Widdop 848 32 357 6
Mark Riddell 517 30 198 1
Matt Cooper 496 124 0 0
Brett Morris 448 112 0 0
Jason Nightingale 440 110 0 0
Nathan Blacklock 428 100 14 0
Wayne Bartrim 374 8 171 0

Top 10 Try Scorers

Player Tries Games
Matt Cooper 124 243
Brett Morris 112 151
Jason Nightingale 110 266
Nathan Blacklock 100 114
Mark Gasnier 92 174
Ben Hornby 59 273
Ben Creagh 54 270
Trent Barrett 47 154
Jamie Soward 40 140
Gareth Widdop 32 115

Top 10 Goal Kickers

Player Goals
Jamie Soward 398
Gareth Widdop 360
Mark Riddell 198
Wayne Bartrim 171
Mathew Head 95
Aaron Gorrell 94
Wes Naiqama 48
Michael Ennis 44
Mark Gasnier 26
Amos Roberts 26

Most Tries in a Season

Player Tries Games Year
Nathan Blacklock 27 28 2001
Brett Morris 25 22 2009
Nathan Blacklock 25 26 2000
Nathan Blacklock 24 16 1999
Brett Morris 25 23 2010
Colin Best 20 26 2005
Lee Hookey 18 25 2002
Matt Cooper 17 23 2004
Anthony Mundine 17 23 1999

Top 10 Most Points in a Match

Player Points Tries Goals F/G
Gareth Widdop 22 1 9 0
Gareth Widdop 22 2 7 0
Amos Roberts 22 1 9 0
Jamie Soward 22 1 9 0
Gareth Widdop 22 1 9 0
Jamie Soward 21 2 6 1
Gareth Widdop 20 1 8 0
Aaron Gorrell 20 1 8 0
Aaron Gorrell 20 1 8 0
Jamie Soward 20 1 8 0
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Head to head record

Since the foundation of the St. George Illawarra Dragons, the club has achieved the following Win/Loss Record:[24]

Games Wins Drawn Loss Points For Points Against +/- Win %
483 247 6 230 10,302 9,375 +927 51.0%

Biggest winning margins

Margin Score Opponent Venue Date
54 54–0 Auckland Warriors WIN Stadium 6 May 2000
50 50–0 Wests Tigers Jubilee Oval 20 June 2004
46 50–4 Melbourne Storm WIN Stadium 4 June 2000
46 54–8 Gold Coast Titans Clive Berghofer Stadium 25 March 2018

Most consecutive wins

  • 9 – (27 March 2011 – 29 May 2011)
  • 8 – (17 July 2005 – 10 September 2005)
  • 7 – (17 May 2008 – 5 July 2008)
  • 7 – (14 June 2009 – 7 August 2009)

Biggest comeback

  • 24-points – Trailed Manly Sea Eagles 34–10 after 57 minutes to win 36–34 at Jubilee Stadium (19 August 2004)

Biggest losing margins

Margin Score Opponent Venue Date
60 10–70 Melbourne Storm MCG 3 March 2000
48 6–54 Newcastle Knights WIN Stadium 8 April 2006
46 4–50 North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium 29 April 2000
38 0-38 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Jubilee Oval 26 August 2018
36 0-36 Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 17 May 2014

Most consecutive losses

  • 6 – (27 July 2013 – 2 September 2013)
  • 5 – (5 September 2004 – 2 April 2005)
  • 5 – (14 July – 13 August 2006)
  • 5 – (23 March – 30 April 2007)

Worst collapse


Major Sponsors

Minor (Icon) Sponsors

All official Dragons merchandise is produced by ISC as of 2014.

NRL Women's team

Dragons NRL Women's Premiership players
Members of the NRL Women's team assembling outside Jubilee Oval during a promotional appearance in August 2018.

In December 2017, the St. George Illawarra Dragons expressed their interest in applying for a licence to participate in the inaugural NRL Women's season.[25] In March 2018, they were awarded one of four licences for the league's inaugural season, to commence in September of the same year.[26] Daniel Lacey will coach the side.[27]

In June 2018, Sam Bremner, Kezie Apps and Talesha Quinn were unveiled as the club's first three signings.[28]

Current squad

Template:St. George Illawarra Dragons Women's Current Squad

See also


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  3. ^ "NRL predicts more teams to seek $4m merger bonus". Illawarra Mercury. Australia: Fairfax. 29 September 1998. p. 44. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  4. ^ Webster, Andrew (21 June 2008). "Ryles quits Dragons". Illawarra Mercury. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
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  6. ^ Brundson, Simon (3 September 2017). "Dragons v Bulldogs NRL: 2017 finals series, Will Hopoate stats". Fox Sports.
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  16. ^ Thompson, Angela (27 October 2008). "Steelers Club approves $2.6 million bailout". Illawarra Mercury. Fairfax Media.
  17. ^ "Former PM John Howard sounded out to overhaul rugby league, chair commission". The Australian. News Limited. 7 October 2009. Archived from the original on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
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  21. ^ Fagan, Sean. "Cronulla Sharks". Archived from the original on 30 August 2009.
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  23. ^ Fagan, Sean. "Rugby League & ANZAC Day". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009.
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  25. ^ "Dragons confirm interest in women's competition". 6 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Dragons granted NRL Women's Premiership licence". 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Dragons confirm key Women's Premiership staff appointments". 22 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  28. ^ Stanton, Tanisha (5 June 2018). "Dragons trio ready to light up NRL Women's Premiership". Retrieved 5 June 2018.

External links

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2004 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2004 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 6th in the joint-venture club's history, and they competed in the 2004 NRL season. Coached by Nathan Brown and captained by Trent Barrett, they finished the 2004 Telstra Premiership 5th (out of 15 teams) at the end of the regular season. The Dragons then reached the first week of the finals when they were knocked out by the Penrith Panthers. This was the result of some major upsets which involved two of the top three ranked teams (Bulldogs and Brisbane Broncos) also losing in the first week of the finals.

2008 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2008 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 10th in the joint venture club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2008 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 7th out of 16 teams, being knocked out in the finals by eventual premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

2009 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2009 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was 11th in the joint venture Rugby League club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership under new coach Wayne Bennett and finished the season as minor premiers. However a series of losses late in the season saw them become the first minor premiers to bow out of the McIntyre System with two consecutive losses in the finals.

2010 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2010 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 12th in the joint venture club's history. They competed in the National Rugby League's 2010 Telstra Premiership, securing their second successive minor premiership. The Dragons went on to compete in the 2010 NRL Grand Final, defeating the Sydney Roosters to gain the club's first premiership since their formation as a joint venture club in 1999.

2011 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2011 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 13th in the joint venture club's history. Coached by Wayne Bennett and captained by Ben Hornby they competed in the NRL's 2011 Telstra Premiership as defending champions. The Dragons finished the regular season 5th (out of 16) before being knocked out of the finals by the Brisbane Broncos. This was Bennett's last match with the Dragons as he moved to the Newcastle Knights for the 2012 NRL season.

2011 World Club Challenge

The 2011 World Club Challenge (known as the Probiz World Club Challenge due to sponsorship) was contested by Super League XV champions, Wigan Warriors, and 2010 NRL Premiers, the St. George Illawarra Dragons, at Wigan's home ground, DW Stadium. The match was won by St George-Illawarra.

2012 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2012 St. George Illawarra Dragons season will be the 14th in the joint venture club's history.

2013 NRL season

The 2013 NRL season was the 106th season of professional rugby league club competition in Australia. The National Rugby League's main competition, named the 2013 Telstra Premiership after major sponsors Telstra Corporation, was contested by sixteen teams during the regular season, which lasted from March to September, and resulted in the top eight finishing teams, who went on to contest the finals. The season culminated in the Grand Final, in which the Sydney Roosters defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26-18 to win their first NRL premiership since 2002.

The NRL season started with the 2013 NRL All Stars match, which was played in February. The 2013 Holden Cup, the NRL's under-20 competition, also took place alongside the Premiership, with most matches held before the first grade competition. The Parramatta Eels picked up the wooden spoon for the second consecutive season after winning only five matches for the season.

2013 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2013 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 15th in the joint venture club's history. Coached by Steve Price and captained by Ben Creagh, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2013 Telstra Premiership. This season was the worst year performance wise since the joint venture was created. They finished only over the top of Wests Tigers & the Parramatta Eels.

The Dragons started the season losing their first 3 games to Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos & Canberra Raiders only to come back and win their next 3 over Cronulla Sharks, Newcastle Knights & Wests Tigers. The Knights win coming at a cost, with the injury of New Zealand international Gerard Beale for the season. Unfortunately for the Dragons those were the only wins they could string together in 2013 losing another 3 to the Sydney Roosters, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and theGold Coast Titans.

Round 10 saw a glimmering light at the end of the tunnel for the Dragons when they signed former Canberra Raiders superstar Josh Dugan. Dugan was seen as the answer to the fullback spot left by the injured Beale. He kicked off his career at the joint venture scoring 2 tries in the team's romp of the Parramatta Eels 32-12 at WIN Stadium.

The next week the Dragons were sent back to earth with a thud as they became the first St. George Dragons / St. George Illawarra Dragons team to be kept to nil at Jubilee Oval as the Penrith Panthers ran in 3 unanswered tries to win 19-0. This was followed by a loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs by 2 points. This was the last game for the club's all time leading point scorer Jamie Soward for the Dragons as he was dumped out of the side and two weeks later released to join the London Broncos of the Super League.

Over the month of June the Dragons 3-1 record with only a solitary win of the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle, Josh Dugan again scoring 2 tries.

July started disastrously for the Red V again being kept to nil by the Sydney Roosters, losing 36-0. After this night the Dragons had to win almost every remaining game to stay in the final hunt. Round 17 saw first v 2nd last as the Dragons played the South Sydney Rabbitohs away at ANZ Stadium with the Dragons showing true grit to score twice in 10 mins to bring the game into extra time. Brett Morris getting the winning try in golden point extra time.

However the Dragons then went on a streak that was etched in the club's history books, losing their next 6 games, including the 2 teams below them on the points table, an embarrassing loss to Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels. Four of those six games were lost by 4 points or less, including a heart-stopping loss to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks where Sharks player Andrew Fifita scored on the buzzer to win the local derby after trailing the whole game.

In the last game of the year the Red V said goodbye to some legends of the game including Matt Cooper (rugby league), Nathan Fien and Michael Weyman. The 17 on the field, scoring an impressive 19-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors who needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive.

2014 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2014 St. George Illawarra Dragons season is the 16th in the joint venture club's history. Coached by Steve Price until his mid-season replacement by Paul McGregor, and captained by Ben Creagh, they're competing in the NRL's 2014 Telstra Premiership season. The Dragons had a strong start to the premiership's regular season, being the last team to remain undefeated. Part-way through the season Benji Marshall, after his brief stint in New Zealand rugby union, returned to the NRL with the Dragons, partnering Gareth Widdop in the halves.

2016 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2016 St. George Illawarra Dragons season is the 18th in the joint venture club's history. The Dragons will compete in the NRL's 2016 Telstra Premiership season.

2017 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2017 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 19th in the joint venture club's history. The Dragons competeed in the NRL's 2017 Telstra Premiership season.

2018 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

The 2018 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 20th in the joint venture club's history. The Dragons competed in the NRL's 2018 Telstra Premiership season.

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The ANZAC Day Cup is a rugby league match contested annually in the National Rugby League between the Sydney Roosters and the St. George Illawarra Dragons. The ANZAC Day Cup was introduced in 2002 to honour the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Charity Shield (NRL)

The National Rugby League's Charity Shield match is an annual pre-season game between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and St. George Illawarra Dragons played before the start of the Premiership regular season. It has been regarded as the unofficial start to the National Rugby League (NRL) season and has been in operation since 1982, with the exception of 2000 and 2001 when Souths were omitted from the NRL.

Originally contested between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Dragons, and later by the St George Illawarra Dragons when they merged in 1999, the teams go head to head in an annual clash three weeks prior to the kickoff of the NRL season.

Since its inception in 1982, the Charity Shield has been played on thirty occasions. Of these, the Dragons (St George and St George Illawarra) have won 16 times, while South Sydney have triumphed outright on 13 occasions and retained the shield as the current holder in each of the 5 drawn matches. Broken down, St George played 17 matches, winning 11; while St George Illawarra, since their merger in 1999, have played 17 matches, winning 5.

The match has been broadcast on national television and in 2002 for the first and only time was screened live in the UK. The Charity Shield is for Souths Cares, Wollongong Hospital and St George Hospital

List of St. George Illawarra Dragons coaches

There have been 6 coaches of the St. George Illawarra Dragons since the joint venture club's formation in 1999.

List of St. George Illawarra Dragons records

This article shows all records, players and match records, from the St. George Illawarra Dragons Rugby league Football Club.

List of St. George Illawarra Dragons representatives

Including players from the St. George Illawarra Dragons that have represented while at the club and the years they achieved their honours, if known. Representatives from the Shellharbour City Dragons are included as they are a feeder club.

Paul McGregor (rugby league)

Paul "Mary" McGregor (born 31 December 1967) is the head coach of the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League and an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative centre, McGregor played his club football for the Illawarra Steelers and then the merged St George Illawarra Dragons at the commencement of their joint venture in 1999. He remained with the club and was appointed interim coach following the sacking of Steve Price part-way through the 2014 NRL season.

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