Former Kiwi Test prop Russell Packer has made a successful debut for St George Illawarra as the Dragons easily accounted for Wynnum Manly 50-6.
Cronulla all but booked their passage into the Auckland Nines quarter finals with a 17-8 win over the Dragons.
Game 7 produced a series of long-range and spectacular tries as the Raiders downed the Dragons in their opening game of the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
St George Illawarra's Nines captain Josh Dugan is proud of how far he's come from his troubled younger days to now lead the Dragons at the Auckland Nines.
Englishman Tyrone McCarthy gets his chance in the Auckland Nines following Mose Masoe's torn ACL but says he and the Dragons are gutted for their teammate.
The Downer NRL Auckland Nines will give fans their first chance to see star signings in action at their new clubs. Will they make an immediate impact?
Dragons recruit Mose Masoe will miss the majority of the 2016 season after tearing his ACL during pre-season training.
With no NRL Telstra Premiership fixtures or trials, January is supposed to be one of the more quiet months on the rugby league calendar.
Josh Dugan will captain the St George Illawarra Dragons at the 2016 Downer Auckland Nines, a side which boasts a number of new recruits.
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