The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Gerringong junior Ashton Sims this week returns from injury to face the Knights this Friday night at Energy Australia Stadium.
Sims, 22, played his last game in the Round 11 clash with the Raiders and will come off the bench this week replacing Corey Payne who is out with a shoulder injury.
In other changes to the side Simon Woolford will start the match with Tony Caine back on to the interchange bench.
NRL Dragons v Newcastle Knights 7.30pm Friday 3 August Energy Australia Stadium Coach: Nathan Brown 1. Ben HORNBY 2. Jason NIGHTINGALE 3. Chase STANLEY 4. Matt COOPER 5. Josh MORRIS 6. Rangi CHASE 7. Jamie SOWARD 8. Justin POORE 9. Simon WOOLFORD 10. Jason RYLES (c) 11. Beau SCOTT 12. Chris HOUSTON 13. Ben CREAGH 14. Adam PEEK 15. Ashton SIMS 16. Dan HUNT 17. Tony CAINE 18. Lagi SETU
Dragons Premier League v Newcastle Knights 5.30pm Friday 3 August Energy Australia Stadium Coach: Steven Price 1. Michael LETT 2. Tom HEWITT 3. Frank SAMIA 4. James JIMENEZ 5. Ronald PRINCE 6. Reece BLAYNEY 7. Brad DAVIDSON 8. Charlie LEAENO 9. Nick DOIG 10. Ricky THORBY 11. Ryan POWELL (c) 12. Danny WICKS 13. Matt PRIOR 14. Ricardo YOUNG 15. Pat ROSSER 16. Brian WEST 17. Daniel FEPULEAI 18. Jake MARKETO