8 Oct 2010

Dragons begin defence on Coast

5:43 am on 8 October 2010

St George Illawarra will begin the defence of their National Rugby League premiership at Gold Coast on the second weekend in March, following the release of next season's NRL draw.

Wayne Bennett's premiers won't play a home game until the heritage round five, when they take on the Bulldogs.

New Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney goes up against his old club the Storm in Melbourne in round five, while Brisbane signing Greg Inglis runs out against his former employers in round nine at Suncorp Stadium.

The season will again kick off with the All Stars match at Skilled Park on February 12.