ST George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named his squad, including Gerringong's Tariq Sims, ahead of the Dragons' round one clash against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville on Saturday.
Mikaele Ravalawa will make his NRL debut on the wing, and will be joined by five-eighth Corey Norman as the Dragons' first debutants of 2019.
Skipper Gareth Widdop's move to fullback has been formalised, with Matt Dufty moving back to the interchange as a result.
Jacob Host has been named in the back row with Tyson Frizell named at lock - with both Jack de Belin (welfare) and Gerringong's Korbin Sims (suspended) unavailable.
Dragons squad: 1. Gareth Widdop, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Timoteo Lafai, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6.Corey Norman, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. James Graham, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11.Jacob Host, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Tyson Frizell, 14. Jeremy Latimore, 15. Matthew Dufty, 16. Blake Lawrie, 17. Luciano Leilua, 18. Zac Lomax, 19. Josh Kerr, 20. Reece Robson and 21. Jonus Pearson.