Dragons Announce 2007 Home Game Venue Split

FURTHER re-development works at OKI Jubilee Stadium will see the St George Illawarra Dragons play the majority of their early season home games at the Kogarah venue.The NRL released the 2007 schedule in mid-November, enabling the Dragons to determine the distribution of the home game program.Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust said there were a number of issues to consider in making the decision including the building works at OKI Jubilee and venue clashes at WIN Stadium.?We are very lucky to have two great venues within our region to play rugby league,? said Doust. ?While the impact of the ongoing upgrade to OKI Jubilee Stadium is not ideal for our decision making, such a commencement date of works will try to ensure everything is back to normal in 2008.?Part of our ongoing strategy is also to spread the opposition teams across our venues each year and we believe the venue allocation on balance, with all things taken into consideration, provides for an appropriate distribution of matches,? added Doust.In 2007, the Dragons will host the Knights in their first home game at OKI Jubilee Stadium in Round 2 followed by the Storm (Rnd 5), Panthers (Rnd 8), Broncos (Rnd 12), Sharks (Rnd 13) and Sea Eagles (Rnd 16).WIN Stadium will host the Cowboys (Rnd 3), Titans (Rnd 10), Raiders (Rnd 17), Bulldogs (Rnd 20), Rabbitohs (Rnd 22) and Eels (Rnd 24).The Dragons will continue to honour their traditions with the St George Heritage game planned for Round 13 v Sharks; recognising 40 years of the ?local derby? and Round 17 v Raiders the Illawarra Heritage game, as the Steelers and Raiders both entered the NSWRL competition in 1982.The Dragons will play two pre-season matches, the first against the Bulldogs at WIN Stadium on February 24, followed by the traditional Charity Shield at Telstra Stadium v the Rabbitohs on March 3.ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 2007 ROUND DRAWPre-Season MatchesFebruary 24 Dragons v Bulldogs WIN StadiumMarch 6 Charity Shield v Rabbitohs Telstra StadiumRD TEAM DAY DATE VENUE1 Titans Sunday 18 March Away2 Knights 23-26 March OKI Jubilee Stadium3 Cowboys 30 March - 2 April WIN Stadium4 Sharks 6-9 April (Easter) Away5 Storm 13-16 April OKI Jubilee Stadium6 BYE7 Roosters 25 April Aussie Stadium8 Panthers 4-7 May OKI Jubilee Stadium9 Wests Tigers 11-14 May Away10 Titans 18-21 May WIN Stadium11 Raiders 25-28 May Away12 Broncos 1-4 June OKI Jubilee Stadium13 Sharks 8-11 June OKI Jubilee Stadium14 Eels 15-18 June Away15 Storm 22-25 June Away16 Sea Eagles 29 June - 2 July OKI Jubilee Stadium17 Raiders 6-9 July WIN Stadium18 Warriors 13-16 July Away19 Panthers 20-23 July Away20 Bulldogs 27-30 July WIN Stadium21 Knights 3-6 August Away22 Rabbitohs 10-13 August WIN Stadium23 Cowboys 17-20 August Away24 Eels 24-27 August WIN Stadium25 Sea Eagles 31 August - 3 Sept Away

Dragons Announce Partnership with Fosters

THE St George Illawarra Dragons today unveiled a new five-year partnership with Foster?s Australia which will provide a range of benefits including beer and wine exclusivity across the Dragons brand and associated venues.

Eels Trial Matches for 2007

THE following dates have been announced for the Parramatta Eels Trial Matches for season 2007. Kick-off times are yet to be decided.

Webb and Kidwell share NZRL's top award

KIWIS fullback Brent Webb and second rower David Kidwell will share the prestigious title of New Zealand Rugby League?s player of the year.

Superleague Crowds set to Increase

THE European Superleague is set to continue to build on its crowd average record if sales of 2007 season tickets are anything to go by.

8 Aussies in World XIII

THE tame nature of the Lions' exploits during the Tri Nations series has been underlined by the presence of just one Great Britain player in the 2006 Rugby League World XIII that is dominated by champions Australia.

Fielden v Radford in February

THE charity boxing match between Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden and England second rower Lee Radford has a new venue due to huge public interest.

Betham gives up league for boxing

WAKEFIELD captain Monty Betham has retired from rugby league to take up a career in boxing.

Maltese Rugby League Player of the Year

THE Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) is opening its doors to the 2005/2006 Annual MRLA Presentation, being held at the Hamrun Club in Sydney.

NZRL strengthens Board

FOLLOWING the NZRL?s recent discussions with its members in Wellington, the NZRL Board of Directors met on Thursday 30 November, to discuss the member?s five recommendations for co-opting to the two vacant board positions.

Former League stars abandoning the ARU

IF a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in the struggle between rugby league and rugby union over key players.When the Wallabies returned from a rather ordinary European tour early this week, the focus was on recruiting rugby league players to boost union?s ranks.But today the boot is very much on the other foot with at least one Wallaby star wanting to switch to rugby league BEFORE next year?s Rugby World Cup, and another rumoured to be keen to do so as soon as possible.Mat Rogers, who switched codes to rugby union in 2001 after seven league Test appearances and a very successful playing career with the Cronulla Sharks, apparently wants to join NRL newcomers, the Gold Coast Titans, for the 2007 season. He has already signed a contract to join the club in 2008.Dissatisfaction with coach John Connolly?s team selections on the recent Wallabies tour has caused Rogers to rethink his plans for 2007.If he decides to seek an early release, the Titans and the NRL will fall over backwards to facilitate what would be a significant PR coup for rugby league in view of the posturing by the ARU about "raiding" rugby league?s player ranks.It will present the ARU with a real quandary. Releasing Rogers would set a precedent, but does union really want in its World Cup team next year a player who would rather be playing in another code?But an even more successful ex-league player is also thinking about a return to the 13-a-side game. Lote Tuqiri left the Broncos in 2001 and has been the best performing former league player in the Wallabies ever since.A host of NRL clubs is already lining up to talk to Lote if he decides to switch codes. That will force the ARU to offer him a contract after the World Cup worth a lot more than it had in mind a week ago.But if he wants to return to rugby league ? and senior league officials are very confident he does ? he will have to take a substantial pay cut, or the NRL will have to ease its salary cap restrictions. And it will be under enormous pressure to do so.The news this week has come as a relief to David Gallop and the NRL. Instead of worrying about how to prevent NRL players being poached by the ARU, rugby league officialdom can sit back and enjoy the position in which Rogers and possibly Tuqiri have put the ARU ? and John Connolly.

Turner tug-of-war to continue

THE tug-of-war over Melbourne Storm winger Steve Turner looks set to continue with Storm chief executive Brian Waldron denying reports a player swap deal has been struck with the Gold Coast Titans.

Callaghan keen to cement Comets berth

ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club Central QLD Comets recruit Trent Callaghan is ready to go and wants nothing more then to cement a spot in the Comets top squad for 2005.

Comets Ready For Raid

SOURCE: http://www.comets.com.au

Nixon Pumped To Face Former Club

ROCKHAMPTON Leagues Club Comets forward David Nixon is preparing himself for a clash with his former club the Canberra Raiders when the Comets face the Raiders at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, February 26.

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