Molong marvel Cody Ramsey and Dubbo junior Kaide Ellis will make their Charity Shield debuts at Mudgee after being named in the Dragons' squad to take on Souths on Saturday.
Ramsey lit up the NRL Nines as a development player last February, but 12 months on will get a shot to press his claims for a starting berth come round one in St George Illawarra's final trial in 2021, after scoring two tries in a memorable NRL debut late in 2020.
Former Dubbo CYMS powerhouse Ellis joined the Dragons midway through last season and quickly became a regular in the club's NRL squad.
He's featured in the Dragons' two previous trials this season and is again part of a 24-man squad named by new Dragons coach Anthony Griffin for the 38th annual Charity Shield.
Ben Hunt will lead the team for the first time while the likes of Daniel Alvaro, Jack Bird, Poasa Faamausili, Max Feagai, Josh Kerr, Andrew McCullough, Jayden Sullivan, Ellis and Ramsey will all play their first Charity Shield game.
The Dragons have lost both their pre-season trials to the Sharks and Eels so far, although the Charity Shield will allow players who featured in more than 12 games last year to have their first taste of footy in 2021.
The Rabbitohs have held on to the Charity Shield since 2013 and have won each of the three matches played in Canberra.
The South Sydney squad also features a number of big names and Saturday is likely to be Benji Marshall's first match in the famed red and green.
Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Adam Reynolds, Damien Cook, and Cameron Murray are all part of the Rabbitohs starting side named by coach Wayne Bennett.
The game kicks off at 6.30pm on Saturday.
- DRAGONS: Daniel Alvaro, Jack Bird, Adam Clune, Matt Dufty, Kaide Ellis, Poasa Faamausili, Max Feagai, Jackson Ford, Tyrell Fuimaono, Ben Hunt, Jaiyden Hunt, Josh Kerr, Blake Lawrie, Zac Lomax, Andrew McCullough, Trent Merrin, Corey Norman, Jordan Pereira, Cody Ramsey, Mikaele Ravalawa, Tariq Sims, Jayden Sullivan, Paul Vaughan, Brayden Wiliame.
- RABBITOHS: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Jaxson Paulo, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Campbell Graham, 5. Alex Johnston, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. Thomas Burgess, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Junior Tatola, 11. Keaon Koloamatangi, 12. Jacob Host, 13. Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14. Blake Taaffe, 15. Josh Mansour, 16. Tautau Moga, 17. Steven Marsters, 18. Troy Dargan, 19. Hame Sele, 20. Benji Marshall, 21. Mark Nicholls, 22. Dean Hawkins, 23. Patrick Mago, 24. Jai Arrow, 25. Joshua Cook
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