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Widdop to keep NRL position

Saturday, November 25, 2017

St George Illawarra Dragons captain Gareth Widdop is expected to start next season at five-eighth but coach Paul McGregor refuses to rule out a positional switch in light of the Englishman's starring role at fullback during the World Cup.

Widdop has again been named in England's No.1 jersey for Saturday's semi-final against Tonga in Auckland after being used in that position for the past three matches following the injury suffered by Jonny Lomax against Lebanon.

Lomax has recovered but has been unable to regain the position from Widdop, who is second for try assists at the World Cup with five.

Fiji centre and former Dragons teammate Taane Milne leads that category with seven.

"Gareth is doing what his team needs him to do and he is playing really well," McGregor said.

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