The Canberra Raiders have named their squad for Saturday nights match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

With Injuries and Origin players unavailable there’s been a host of changes to the Raiders side, with a new face in Raider #362 Tom Starling named on the bench for the Green Machine.

Starling has been playing some wonderful football for Mounties in the Canterbury Cup and comes into the squad for Josh Hodgson, who has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb.

Starling has been signed as one of the club’s development players for the 2019 season but has been granted an exemption by the NRL to join the top squad this weekend, due to the Raiders injury toll and Origin unavailability.

The loss of Hodgson sees Siliva Havili moved to starting hooker, after he covered the second half for the Raiders Captain in last weeks match against the Cowboys.

Aidan Sezer makes his return to the NRL side this week at five-eighth for Jack Wighton who is unavailable due to NSW selection, while Sebastian Kris will start his first NRL match after being named for Nick Cotric who is also on NSW duty.

Corey Horsburgh will start his first NRL match after being named at prop to replace Josh Papalii, with Emre Guler coming onto the interchange bench.

There’s also been a shift to the back row, with Hudson Young to start at lock, Joe Tapine to start in the second row and Ryan Sutton to move back onto the interchange bench.

John Bateman has been named on the extended bench for the Raiders with Ata Hingano, Royce Hunt and Andre Niko.

Bateman has a specialist appointment on Friday afternoon in Sydney to determine if he can return ahead of schedule.

CANBERRA RAIDERS V CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
SATURDAY JUNE 1, 7.35PM, ANZ STADIUM

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Christian Crichton
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Marcelo Montoya
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Sebastian Kris
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Michael Oldfield
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Aidan Sezer
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jack Cogger
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Corey Horsburgh
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Ofahiki Ogden
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 23 Adam Elliott
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 15 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Lock for Raiders is number 21 John Bateman

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 13 Chris Smith
    Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Hudson Young
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Rhyse Martin
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Danny Fualalo
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Ryan Sutton

Injury/Suspension

Josh Hodgson (Thumb) Round 18-20

Jordan Rapana (Knee) Round 13-14

Joey Leilua (Neck) Indefinite

John Bateman (Eye-Socket) Round 12-14

Brad Abbey (Knee) Season