Dragons back-rower Joel Thompson.

The St George-Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights have named their final teams for the Round 26 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at UOW Jubilee Stadium.

Retiring Dragons co-captain Ben Creagh was named on Tuesday but will not play, with Joel Thompson to start in the back row. Tyson Frizell is also out, replaced by Will Matthews in the starting side. Tim Lafai and Luciano Leilua join the final bench.

For the Knights, Tyler Randell is out, with Jaelen Feeney named to start at hooker and Josh King dropping off the extended bench named on Tuesday.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons 

1 Josh Dugan
2 Kurt Mann
3 Euan Aitken
4 Taane Milne
5 Jason Nightingale
6 Gareth Widdop (c)
7 Benji Marshall
8 Leeson Ah Mau
9 Mitch Rein
10 Mike Cooper
14 Joel Thompson
15 Will Matthews
13 Jack de Belin

Interchange 
16 Jacob Host
17 Jake Marketo
20 Tim Lafai
21 Luciano Leilua

Coach: Paul McGregor

Newcastle Knights

1 Jake Mamo
2 Nathan Ross
3 Dane Gagai
4 Peter Mata'utia
5 Brendan Elliot
6 Jarrod Mullen
7 Trent Hodkinson (c)
8 Daniel Saifiti
19 Jaelen Feeney
10 Jacob Saifiti
11 Sione Mata'utia
12 Mitchell Barnett
13 Jeremy Smith (c)

Interchange 
14 Dylan Phythian
15 Pat Mata'utia
16 Korbin Sims
17 Sam Mataora

Coach: Nathan Brown