The Illawarra Cutters, a direct feeder for the St George Illawarra Dragons, are a club exclusive to the Intrust Super Premiership NSW; while teams from the Illawarra Steelers still compete in junior reps competitions, the Cutters have been the Dragons' presence in the NSWRL's highest senior competition since their establishment in 2012. Hosting home games at WIN Stadium, the Cutters maintain a high standard of Rugby League in the Illawarra and have already been responsible for significant stocks of NRL talent. Always competitive in the competition, the Cutters took out the ultimate prize in 2016 with a 21-20 Grand Final defeat of Mounties; it was their maiden title and the first piece of silverware for an Illawarra side since dual junior reps premierships 20 years previously.
In 2017, however, it seems as though the Cutters might pay for their success, with highly-successful coach Jason Demetriou leaving after just one year in Wollongong. Also leaving the Cutters are a number of key members of the premiership-winning side, who have been awarded opportunities elsewhere as a reward for their efforts. It will be a challenge to go back-to-back in the upcoming season, but the resilience of the Cutters can never be discounted.
Premiership-winning Illawarra Cutters coach Jason Demetriou will give new club the Broncos the edge for their upcoming World Club Challenge
Defending premiers the Illawarra Cutters have named their squad of 13 likely to feature in the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW
The Illawarra star is competing for an NRL spot with Josh McCrone and Jai Field
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After last year's competition came down to just a single point, the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership shapes up as one of the most intriguing ever