Dragons have early chance to prove they’re the Eel deal in Wollongong

Home time: Tariq Sims is looking forward to playing early NRL games at Kogarah and Wollongong.

Home time: Tariq Sims is looking forward to playing early NRL games at Kogarah and Wollongong.

ST GEORGE Illawarra will take on Parramatta, North Queensland, Melbourne and Manly at WIN Stadium next year after the release of the NRL draw.

Wollongong fans will only have to wait until round two for their first taste of action at home, with the Dragons to play Parramatta on Sunday, March 12 at 6.30pm.

They then tackle North Queensland and Melbourne in April, before the fourth of their Wollongong allocation on Sunday, July 23, against Manly. 

The Dragons will play five games at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah, including the season opener against Penrith on March 4.

“It will be great to start the season with back to back home games,” Dragons prop Tariq Sims said.

“Hopefully we can pack out Kogarah and Wollongong and have big home crowds and a great atmosphere to help kick-start our 2017 season.

“Pre-season training is going really well and now the draw is out, it means we are one step closer to getting out there and playing.

“The boys can’t wait for the season to start.”

DRAGONS 2017 DRAW

WIN Stadium games

R2 v Parramatta, Sunday, March 12 (6.30pm)

R7 v North Queensland, Saturday, April 15 (7.30pm)

R9 v Melbourne, Sunday, April 30 (4pm)

R20 v Manly, Sunday, July 23 (2pm)

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