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Talented Dragons teenager Ben Creagh will continue his transition to the backrow when he replaces the injured Lance Thompson as the starting second rower against the Broncos at WIN Stadium this Friday night.
Creagh, 19, who made his NRL debut last year as a wing/centre, received accolades for his performance in the backrow when an injury and Origin-ravaged Dragons beat the Eels 37-6 at Parramatta Stadium 11 weeks ago.
?I would like to end up in the backrow or centres but I?m happy with any first grade position,? said Creagh, who played in the NSW U19 team in the Origin 1 curtain-raiser five days after the Eels match.
Creagh was named on the bench in the Dragons side which beat the Rabbitohs 52-12 in their last match almost two weeks ago.
The only other changes are the inclusion on the bench of Tony Jensen (hamstring ? missed 1 game) and Bryan Norrie, who will be playing his second NRL match, while Justin Poore has been sidelined with a broken thumb.
NRL (Rd 18)
1. Ben HORNBY 2. John CARLAW 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Matt COOPER 5. Reece SIMMONDS 6. Trent BARRETT (c) 7. Mathew HEAD 8. Brent KITE 9. Mark RIDDELL 10. Jason RYLES 11. Dean YOUNG 12. Ben CREAGH 13. Shaun TIMMINS
v Western Suburbs Magpies, 5.30pm Coach: Michael Potter
1. Clint GREENSHIELDS 2. Nick YOUNGQUEST 3. Wes NAIQAMA 4. David HOWELL 5. Andrew FREW 6. Daniel HOLDSWORTH 7. Lachlan RUSSELL 8. David TANGATA-TOA 9. Aaron GORRELL (c) 10. Brett WHITE 11. Corey PAYNE 12. Aaron WHEATLEY 13. Ryan POWELL
14. Jason ELLEM 15. Henry PERENARA 16. Michael HOWELL 17. Wade HUMPHREYS