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Sheppard to make debut for Dragons
New recruit Chris Sheppard will make his debut for St George Illawarra at Parramatta Stadium this Friday night when the seventh placed Dragons take on the second placed Eels.
Sheppard, 24, has played 60 first grade games and will partner captain Trent Barrett who is returning from injury (quad) in the halves.
?I am excited about getting out there and playing with the Dragons,? said Sheppard. ?It is a great Club with great players and I look forward to the opportunity?.
The Dragons have not selected Origin front rowers Luke Bailey and Jason Ryles given the two day turn-around with Lance Thompson and Justin Poore named in their regular starting positions.
Other positional changes include Dean Young and Corey Payne in the second row, Michael Ennis at hooker and Shaun Timmins returning from suspension at lock.
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