Queensland representative Neville Costigan has been named in the back row to play his 100th NRL game this week with the Dragons looking to make it back-to-back victories over the Sharks this season following their 38-0 victory in Round 8.
“The Sharks are a much improved team from when we last played them and we are definitely expecting and preparing for a tough contest,” said Dragons interchange forward Jarrod Saffy.
Jeremy Smith (calf) and Nick Emmett (back) have been named on extended bench to return from injury. Smith has been sidelined with a knee and calf problem since Round 6 and Emmett hasn’t played since leaving the field against the Raiders in Round 11.
Unavailable Dragons are: Nathan Fien (leg) indefinite, Peni Tagive (ACL) indefinite, Dan Hunt (Achilles) 2011.