Happy hooker Riddell named captain
of Dragons' Sevens

The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced their squad for the upcoming World Sevens tournament and have named Mark Riddell as captain.

The two day World Sevens competition is scheduled for kickoff over the Australia Day weekend at the Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie Stadium). The first match is on Saturday 24th January at 1:00pm. Saints take on the Bulldogs at 2:20pm. St George also share the same pool C with Lebanon and the Melbourne Storm.

Mark Riddell was the centre of controversy in 2003 following speculation about his weight and committment to training. His appointment as captain in the seven-a-side competition is an indication that the popular hooker has turned things around.

Riddell will be joined by a strong squad which includes the experience of Nathan Blacklock and newcomers, Andrew Frew and Lincoln Withers. The side will also include new recruits Nick Youngquest and John Olzard with 18-year-old rookie Justin Poore being promoted from premier league into the 2004 NRL squad.

Five-eighth Trent Barrett who was injured in last year's World Sevens will not be part of the tournament this year. He is however expected to make a comeback on February 14th when Saints take on Souths in the annual Charity Shield event.

1. Mark Riddell (c) 2. Nathan Blacklock 3. Lincoln Withers 4. Matthew Head 5. Reece Simmonds 6. David Howell 7. Nick Youngquest 8. Lee Bennett 9. John Olzard 10. Justin Poore 11. Luke Roberts 12. Andrew Frew

Thanks to Michael Carayannis at Jubilee Ave for team details.

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