Fullback

RedV01

SGI NSW Cup
NSW Cup until he drastically improves.
Very well paid NSW Cup player. If it turns out like that, some heads need to roll. Haven't they seen the games he played in the second row this year? A few times he has just thrown an arm out and let the opposition player go straight past. I'm not even sure they were classed as "missed tackles". If the player doesn't even try is it a missed tackle?
 

GCRV

SGI NSW Cup
Treigh Stewart shone at fullback for the Dragons with Tyrell Sloan shifting to a wing. Stewart, who was a part of the 2019 SG Ball premiership winning Illawarra Steelers team with Sloan, finished with a try, a try assist, a linebreak, a linebreak assist, eight tackle busts and 191 running metres.
 

jodragon40

SGI NSW Cup
Treigh Stewart shone at fullback for the Dragons with Tyrell Sloan shifting to a wing. Stewart, who was a part of the 2019 SG Ball premiership winning Illawarra Steelers team with Sloan, finished with a try, a try assist, a linebreak, a linebreak assist, eight tackle busts and 191 running metres.
Bring Sloan in for Rav
 

RedVHeartbeat

SGI NSW Cup
Treigh Stewart shone at fullback for the Dragons with Tyrell Sloan shifting to a wing.
He was playing there because he must've lacked organizing skills in the halves the week before. Still prefer Sloan at the back with Stewart on the wing.--------
 
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Morgan

SGI NSW Cup
He was playing there because he showed he lacked organizing skills in the halves the week before. Still prefer Sloan at the back with Stewart on the wing.--------
It would be nice to have a big fullback like Tom Turbo or Mitchell. Even Tedesco and Ponga are quite a bit bigger than Sloan and Ramsey.
 

RedVHeartbeat

SGI NSW Cup
It would be nice to have a big fullback like Tom Turbo or Mitchell. Even Tedesco and Ponga are quite a bit bigger than Sloan and Ramsey.
Not sure size matters all that match. Catching ability, pace, good on your feet and knowing when to join the backline should be the prime requisites for a good fullback. I think Sloan has more of those assets than Ramsay while both are still probably working on the optimum time to chime into the attack. As for size, Changa Langlands was not a big bloke but he was one of the best fullbacks to ever lace up a boot. Except in the 1975 GF.
 
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Morgan

SGI NSW Cup
Not sure size matters all that match. Catching ability, pace and good on your feet should be the prime requistes for a good fullback. Sloan has those plus ball skills too while Ramsay has sheer speed. Changa Langlands was not a big bloke but he too had all those assets.
True but not being small definitely helps.
 

Eric

Moderator

St George Illawarra Dragons star Cody Ramsey fighting to save career after shock diagnosis​

One of the Dragons’ brightest stars has been struck down by a potential life-threatening illness​

St George Illawarra fullback Cody Ramsey is laid up in hospital and fighting to save his immediate footy career.

The Dragons star has spent the past two weeks in Wollongong hospital battling an illness called ulcerative colitis, which causes inflammation and ulcers on the bowel and digestive tract that may require surgery and long-term treatment. It is a disease most often caused by an immune system malfunction that can lead to life-threatening complications. After returning to club training two weeks ago, Ramsey had to be admitted to hospital. He was in dreadful pain after a long-distance run.

“Cody thought it was just a bug and ran his nine-and-a-half kilometres,” said his mum, Kim. “That’s where it all unravelled. His immune system was fighting something it couldn’t fix. “The doctor originally said he might need surgery and it could end his footy career. “I’ve never seen him so sick and in so much pain. “Fortunately, he’s progressing now and we’re hopeful he’ll be OK to play again next season. “He’s a tough cookie and he’ll hopefully be back in the new year”

Still, according to Kim, Ramsey faces another two weeks in hospital. It’s a bugger of a thing to happen in what is a huge off-season for the youngster. The 22-year-old managed to lock down fullback last season but has the exciting Tyrell Sloan on his tail for the No.1 jumper. He knows he needs to be fit, strong and playing good footy. Obviously his health and wellbeing are all that matter right now.

His specialists are using a drug called Infliximab via intravenous injection while he is in hospital. It’s a government-funded drug that costs $12,000 per injection. Each dose takes two-hours to inject. The Dragons’ club doctor Thomas Carrigan has been monitoring his situation.

“Cody is being treated with immunotherapy for an inflammatory bowel condition,” he said. “He is responding well and with support from the medical team and coaching staff will hopefully make a swift recovery."

Hope he gets better soon. He really needs to. I love his enthusiasm but I just feel Sloan's talent is on anther, higher level. Ramsey needs to become a winger and fill in centre or fullback in the event of injuries. To become a good winger, he needs to add at least another 5kg to his frame on top of the 5~8kgs he put on in the last off season.
 

jodragon40

SGI NSW Cup
Poor bugger. It opens the door for Sloan. Interesting enough on the weekend the team was playing golf and our beleaguered coach was playing in the foursome which included Sullivan and Sloan. Trying to mend broken relationships I hope.
 

RedV01

SGI NSW Cup
Poor bugger. It opens the door for Sloan. Interesting enough on the weekend the team was playing golf and our beleaguered coach was playing in the foursome which included Sullivan and Sloan. Trying to mend broken relationships I hope.
If it happened to Sloan, Griffin would be suspected of poisoning him.
 

Morgan

SGI NSW Cup
Poor bugger. It opens the door for Sloan. Interesting enough on the weekend the team was playing golf and our beleaguered coach was playing in the foursome which included Sullivan and Sloan. Trying to mend broken relationships I hope.
I'm not sure why Sullivan doesn't like Griffin unless it's just a clash of personalities. I thought Sullivan was promised Hunt wouldn't be re-signed before Griffin joined the club.
 

Eric

Moderator
Just hope Cody recovers , and if he can play footy then good if not , his health is more important than playing footy .....
I'm not a doctor but I guess it's a bit of media sensationalism. It was serious, was treated and he's now on the road to recovery. If you think about it, any ailment if not treated, could bring about the end of one's sporting career.
 

GCRV

SGI NSW Cup
I'm not a doctor but I guess it's a bit of media sensationalism. It was serious, was treated and he's now on the road to recovery. If you think about it, any ailment if not treated, could bring about the end of one's sporting career.
That's probably right but he's been in hospital for 2 weeks and will be for another 2 weeks. Sounds pretty serious!
 

RedVHeartbeat

SGI NSW Cup

St George Illawarra Dragons star Cody Ramsey fighting to save career after shock diagnosis​

One of the Dragons’ brightest stars has been struck down by a potential life-threatening illness​

St George Illawarra fullback Cody Ramsey is laid up in hospital and fighting to save his immediate footy career.

The Dragons star has spent the past two weeks in Wollongong hospital battling an illness called ulcerative colitis, which causes inflammation and ulcers on the bowel and digestive tract that may require surgery and long-term treatment. It is a disease most often caused by an immune system malfunction that can lead to life-threatening complications. After returning to club training two weeks ago, Ramsey had to be admitted to hospital. He was in dreadful pain after a long-distance run.

“Cody thought it was just a bug and ran his nine-and-a-half kilometres,” said his mum, Kim. “That’s where it all unravelled. His immune system was fighting something it couldn’t fix. “The doctor originally said he might need surgery and it could end his footy career. “I’ve never seen him so sick and in so much pain. “Fortunately, he’s progressing now and we’re hopeful he’ll be OK to play again next season. “He’s a tough cookie and he’ll hopefully be back in the new year”

Still, according to Kim, Ramsey faces another two weeks in hospital. It’s a bugger of a thing to happen in what is a huge off-season for the youngster. The 22-year-old managed to lock down fullback last season but has the exciting Tyrell Sloan on his tail for the No.1 jumper. He knows he needs to be fit, strong and playing good footy. Obviously his health and wellbeing are all that matter right now.

His specialists are using a drug called Infliximab via intravenous injection while he is in hospital. It’s a government-funded drug that costs $12,000 per injection. Each dose takes two-hours to inject. The Dragons’ club doctor Thomas Carrigan has been monitoring his situation.

“Cody is being treated with immunotherapy for an inflammatory bowel condition,” he said. “He is responding well and with support from the medical team and coaching staff will hopefully make a swift recovery."

Hope he gets better soon. He really needs to. I love his enthusiasm but I just feel Sloan's talent is on anther, higher level. Ramsey needs to become a winger and fill in centre or fullback in the event of injuries. To become a good winger, he needs to add at least another 5kg to his frame on top of the 5~8kgs he put on in the last off season.
Terrible news for Cody and the Dragons.
 

Eric

Moderator

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Positional battle: Fullback

Analysis: The biggest talking point from the Dragons’ 2022 campaign was coach Anthony Griffin’s decision to go with Cody Ramsey at fullback over young gun Tyrell Sloan. Veteran Moses Mbye was even preferred ahead of Sloan at times throughout the season prompting the rookie to twice ask for a release. Sloan has since committed to the club for the duration of his two year contract that expires in 2024 and will ramp up his bid for the No.1 jersey heading into 2023. Ramsey has had a battle with an illness, which has seen him spend time in hospital during the off-season, but is hopeful of being right to resume training in the new year. Ramsey and Mbye are solid options at the back, but Sloan has the speed and skill to offer the Dragons a point of difference and some much needed attacking spark in the custodian role. Who Griffin instils as his fullback could have a massive bearing on the Dragons’ bid to return to the finals next season.

Verdict: Tyrell Sloan

I agree with the media for once. Except for Andrew Webster who I believe is a hardline Dragons fan. I agree with him most of the time.

Anyway, Sloan had a shocker against the Shonkies early last season. Don't understand why that ruled him out of fullback for the rest of the season but it is what it is. I think he's going to come back with an extra 10kg next season and be much better. And if he isn't, Treigh Stewart looks very promising. Keeping in mind Stewart relegated Sloan to winger in the NSW Cup team toward the end of the season.
 

GCRV

SGI NSW Cup

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Positional battle: Fullback

Analysis: The biggest talking point from the Dragons’ 2022 campaign was coach Anthony Griffin’s decision to go with Cody Ramsey at fullback over young gun Tyrell Sloan. Veteran Moses Mbye was even preferred ahead of Sloan at times throughout the season prompting the rookie to twice ask for a release. Sloan has since committed to the club for the duration of his two year contract that expires in 2024 and will ramp up his bid for the No.1 jersey heading into 2023. Ramsey has had a battle with an illness, which has seen him spend time in hospital during the off-season, but is hopeful of being right to resume training in the new year. Ramsey and Mbye are solid options at the back, but Sloan has the speed and skill to offer the Dragons a point of difference and some much needed attacking spark in the custodian role. Who Griffin instils as his fullback could have a massive bearing on the Dragons’ bid to return to the finals next season.

Verdict: Tyrell Sloan

I agree with the media for once. Except for Andrew Webster who I believe is a hardline Dragons fan. I agree with him most of the time.

Anyway, Sloan had a shocker against the Shonkies early last season. Don't understand why that ruled him out of fullback for the rest of the season but it is what it is. I think he's going to come back with an extra 10kg next season and be much better. And if he isn't, Treigh Stewart looks very promising. Keeping in mind Stewart relegated Sloan to winger in the NSW Cup team toward the end of the season.
Sloan was a late inclusion at fullback on a day when there was a howling wind and driving rain. Not sure why the coach thought those conditions would suit him better than the more experienced Mbye. I think Ramsey was out injured.
 
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