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 St George Illawarra
Next Game: The Season has finished
Dugan surprised by Kangaroos' RLWC call-up
11 Oct 2017
Josh Dugan says he wants to repay coach Mal Meninga's faith after being surprised by his World Cup Kangaroos selection.

There will be no quiet beers for surprised Kangaroos call-up Josh Dugan during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

And Dugan will no doubt be the first man on the Australian team bus, too.

The Cronulla-bound X-factor has promised to be on his best behaviour for the Kangaroos, vowing to repay coach Mal Meninga's faith after his World Cup nod.

Dugan admitted he was surprised by his Kangaroos selection after what he described as an "up and down" season with St George Illawarra.

It certainly was a rollercoaster ride.

Dugan shone for the NSW State of Origin team after recovering from a broken cheekbone suffered in the trans-Tasman Test.

However, he also made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

There was the drinking session five days out from Origin III.

And the Dragons suspension for missing the team bus to Penrith for their round 25 clash.

Yet throughout Dugan said he felt he always had Meninga's support.

"It's massive and pretty humbling having someone of the stature of Mal to back me," Dugan said.

"I am looking forward to getting into camp and not letting anyone down.

"I was a bit up and down form-wise this year with a few niggling injuries but I feel I had a strong Origin period.

"I have mixed feelings about the season but it is good to be back with the boys."

Dugan may have received Meninga's backing but good mate Blake Ferguson wasn't so lucky.

Sydney Roosters flyer Ferguson - Dugan's pre-Origin drinking buddy this year - was overlooked for the Kangaroos squad.

Dugan said he would miss his mate in Kangaroos camp.

"I spoke to him and he is pretty devastated," he said.

"Mal spoke to him at length and the reasons why.

"But he is in good spirits now seeing his family and having a bit of time off."

Despite Meninga's support, Dugan still had a seed of doubt when the Dragons agonisingly missed out on clinching a top eight NRL finals berth.

"I was a bit surprised by my selection to be honest," he said.

"There were some great players throughout the finals that probably could be here.

"But Mal has shown faith in me and now I don't want to let him down."

Dugan is expected to slot into the centres with Will Chambers in Australia's starting side.

"When I have been in the green and gold I don't think I have let anyone down," Dugan said.

"I think that was a big reason for me to be picked.

"This, being my first World Cup, is something very special and something I will hold pretty close to me."

But he will be keeping the beers at bay.

Asked if he would be tempted to have a quiet one during the long World Cup campaign, Dugan said: "Days off are to be spent in bed."

Australia will fly out to Fiji on Thursday for a warm-up mini tournament also featuring PNG.

Each team will play each other with all three games lasting a total of 40 minutes.

It will mark Australia's first match in Fiji.

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Last Game: The Dragons lost against the Penrith Panthers 26 - 30 at Penrith Stadium, Australia (5311 days ago)  game results here
 St George Illawarra Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 12 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 60 
 Total Goals: 50 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 661 
 Total Points Against: 573 
 Leagues the St George Illawarra are in
1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Brent Kite, Craig Stapleton, Gary Mcbride, Jason Hooper, Jason Ryles, Lance Thompson, Lee Hookey, Luke Bailey, Luke Felsch, Mark Gasnier, Mark Riddell, Matt Cooper, Nathan Blacklock, Nathan Tutt, Reece Simmonds, Shane Millard, Shaun Timmins, Trent Barrett, Willie Peters,

 Players in 2001
Amos Roberts, Andrew Bobbin, Andrew Hart, Chris Leikvoll, Colin Ward, Craig Smith, Darren Treacy, Jamie Ainscough, Jamie Fitzgerald, Justin Smith, Kieran Kerr, Paul McGregor, Wade Forrester, Wayne Bartrim,

 Players in 2000
Anthony Mundine, Corey Pearson, Daniel Heckenberg, Lee Murphy, Luke Branighan, Luke Patten, Nathan Brown, Robbie Simpson, Terry Lamey,

 Players in 1999
Brad Mackay, Craig Fitzgibbon, Mark Coyne, Rod Wishart,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Penrith 30
St George 26


Sunday, 4 May, 2003
St George 28
Sharks 12


Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Sydney City 20


Saturday, 19 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Canterbury 14


Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
Eagles 38
St George 12


Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
Canberra 18
St George 14


Sunday, 23 Mar, 2003
St George 30
Parramatta 28


Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Wests Tigers 24
St George 20


Saturday, 21 Sep, 2002
Sharks 40
St George 24


Saturday, 14 Sep, 2002
St George 26
Newcastle 22


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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