Soward to Debut for Dragons, Thorby to make NRL Debut

New recruit Jamie Soward has been named a halfback and Ricky Thorby [pictured] will become the 11th Dragon to make his NRL debut this year against the Broncos at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Friday night.

Soward will partner Rangi Chase in the halves and Thorby will come from the interchange in a reshuffled Dragons team.

Matt Cooper will Captain the Dragons in the absence of Co-Captains Mark Gasnier, Jason Ryles and Ben Hornby.

Unavailable Dragons are: Mark Gasnier (Pectoral), Wes Naiqama (Knee), Dean Young (Knee), Ben Hornby (Calf), Brett Morris (Shoulder), Ashton Sims (Knee) and Jason Ryles (Knee) and Tom Hewitt (Hamstring).

NRL Dragons v Brisbane Broncos 7.30pm Friday 1 June Oki Jubilee Stadium

Coach: Nathan Brown

1. Josh MORRIS 2. Jason NIGHTINGALE 3. Beau SCOTT 4. Matt COOPER