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2020 NRL preview: St. George Illawarra Dragons team guide

Few teams or coaches will be under more pressure than Paul McGregor and the Dragons this season following a dismal 2019 NRL campaign.

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Most NRL fans and pundits will agree Paul McGregor was fortunate to hang on to his job following a disastrous past 12 months.

In his fifth season at the helm in 2019, McGregor's Dragons finished second last on the ladder, the worst result in the joint-venture club's 21-year history.

Trent Merrin has returned to add some further grit to the likes of Tyson Frizell and James Graham and help cover the departure of Gareth Widdop.

Shane Flanagan has also come in to help McGregor on the coaching staff. But the situation is clear – these Dragons best win and win early or surely heads will start to roll.

How to watch St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL matches

The Dragons faced two juicy all-Sydney clashes to commence their new campaign, at home to Wests Tigers and Penrith. The issue for many fans is neither match is on free-to-air television.

All up in the revamped draw after the coronavirus pandemic, 11 of the Dragons' remaining matches are on Fox League and only 7 are on Channel 9. So for the best viewing options for fans of the Red V, you will need a Foxtel or Kayo Sports subscription. We have put together a Kayo vs Foxtel guide so you can see how they compare.

Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial. If you then decide to sign up, a Basic subscription is $25/month and gives you access to 2 devices. For $35/month you get a third screen.

The streaming platform has a number of features such as SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats, Kayo Minis and No Spoilers. In total Kayo has more than 50 sports.

Another option for Dragons matches is NRL Live Pass. Telstra customers can access it for free, NRL Live Pass is limited to just a seven-inch display size. We have a complete guide here on how to stream the 2020 NRL season, including the providers.

Watch St. George Illawarra Dragons matches overseas

If you are travelling outside Australia in 2020, you can still catch Dragons games with the Watch NRL app. Check out our full guide on streaming the 2020 NRL season from overseas for more information.

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When do the Dragons play next?

You can see the complete 2020 NRL draw here.

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One of the proudest and most decorated clubs in rugby league history, the Dragons' performance last season was simply unacceptable. The question is, have they done enough to haul themselves back up the ladder in 2020?

While last season put them firmly under a microscope, the reality is the joint-venture club has only reached the finals in two of the past eight campaigns. We're not sure if their roster is strong enough yet to compete with the NRL's best.

They need it all to click and start to fire quickly or else it could get nasty at the Dragons sooner rather than later.

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