For the past 3 seasons the famous red V of the St George Illawarra Dragons has been missing during the finals, and they have been criticised for lacking size up front. Club legend Brett Morris has gone to the Dogs, literally, joining twin brother Josh, while a number of players have been moved on. The players brought in may not household names but there is still plenty there to get Dragons fans excited heading into the new season.
The former hotel porter only started playing rugby league a couple of seasons ago but is blessed with natural speed and agility others could only dream about. He had been stuck in the NSW Cup the last two seasons at the Penrith Panthers, plying his trade in front of 100 die-hards. He scored 30 tries in 2013 and was named in the Team of the Year. He comes to the Dragons in search of an opportunity and there is a need for a new left winger following Morris’ exit. At 197cm, and weighing 105kg, he has the build to be a fantastic buy for the club and if he can find his feet and settle in at the Dragons he has the potential to be a real crowd pleaser.
If you haven’t heard of Eto Nabuli, there’s little chance you would have heard of Rulon Nutira. He’s a 196cm, 112kg man mountain who spent some time at the Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm in the lower grades but didn’t quite make the grade and he had a young family to support so returned to New Zealand. In 2014 he came back to Australia and played for the Gundegai Tigers in group 9 and was named in the NZ Maori squad. At 24, he is still young enough if good enough, and could be the giant the Dragons have been searching for.
Remember Dane Nielson? The former Melbourne Storm centre represented Queensland twice in 2011 and once more in 2012 before an ill-fated move to the New Zealand Warriors where he scored just twice in 30 games during 2013 and 2014. The 29-year-old has been picked up by the Dragons and Nielson could be a handy pick-up for the club. He scored 24 tries in 78 games at the Melbourne Storm and after a couple of disappointing seasons, Nielson will be hungry to return to his best.