Dragons brace for big start to 2022 season

Young gun: Zac Lomax. Picture: Adam McLean
Young gun: Zac Lomax. Picture: Adam McLean

St George Illawarra will celebrate the late St George legend and rugby league immortal Norm Provan against incumbent Provan-Summons trophy recipients, the Penrith Panthers in round two of the 2022 season at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

With a full fixture list announced on Tuesday, there are several highlights for Red V fans to look forward to. These include:

  • The Dragons hosting the annual Anzac Day for the first time in four years.
  • There will be five home games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (plus one at the SCG) and six at WIN Stadium.
  • There is no five-day turnarounds and 10-games on free-to-air television.
  • They play five top-eight teams from last year (Storm, Panthers, Sea Eagles, Eels, Knights) only once.
  • The Dragons start their season on the Sunshine Coast against the New Zealand Warriors.
  • The Dragons will play two Thursday night, three Fridays, seven Saturdays and 11 Sunday games plus the traditional Anzac Day fixture on Monday.
  • The annual Charity Shield clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs will take place on Saturday, February 26 at Mudgee's Glen Willow Stadium.
  • In the last six games of the season they only play one finals team (Titans) from last season.

"Determining our home game venues is always a complex matter but our Red V members, partners and fans should ultimately be happy with the allocation of games at our traditional home grounds in Kogarah and Wollongong," Dragons chief executive Ryan Webb said.

The five must-see Dragons games of 2022

  1. Round 2 v Panthers: The Dragons will celebrate the life of immortal Norm Provan against the current premiers.
  2. Round 3 v Sharks: Aaron Woods takes on his former club in the first derby of the year.
  3. Round 7 v Roosters: The Anzac Day match is always the No.1 game of the year.
  4. Round 10 v Titans: A titanic magic round clash.
  5. Round 12 v Bulldogs: The return to Belmore!