St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale will make his 200th first-grade appearance against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SCG on Sunday.
The local Renown United junior made his first-grade debut during the 2007 season against the Penrith Panthers in Round 8 and has since gone on to win both a Premiership (2010) and World Club Challenge (2011).
The New Zealand international is part of a 17-man team named by Head Coach which also sees Josh Dugan (hamstring) named as fullback in lieu of the injurd Kurt Mann (ankle).
Furthermore, Euan Aitken has been named to partner Tim Lafai in the centres while Peter Mata’utia has been named on the wing.
Dragons second-rower Will Matthews has been named on a four-man bench which also includes co-captain Ben Creagh, prop Jack de Belin and hooker Siliva Havili.
1. Josh Dugan
2. Peter Mata’utia
3. Euan Aitken
4. Tim Lafai
5. Jason Nightingale
6. Gareth Widdop (c)
7. Benji Marshall
8. Leeson Ah Mau
9. Mitch Rein
10. Russell Packer
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Joel Thompson
13. Mike Cooper
14. Ben Creagh
15. Jack de Belin
16. Will Matthews
17. Siliva Havili
Unavailable: Dylan Farrell (Back – TBC); Yaw Kiti Glymin (Hamstring – Round 5); Kurt Mann (Ankle – Round 4); Mose Masoe (Knee – Season).
Game Day Activations
The fixture will be recognising and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Premiership – the last in the world record run of 11 Premierships between 1956-1966.
The Dragons will have a “History Walk” activation with different pieces of memorabilia celebrating the historic 11 Premiership wins between 1956-55 at the Victor Trumper Concourse (Level 1).
Jersey Information & Auction
The Dragons will also commemorate the occasion by wearing a special Heritage Jersey recognising the 11-straight Premierships and 85 players involved.
The Dragons player-worn Heritage Jerseys will be available for auction via the official website between Thursday, March 16-Thursday, March 24.