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
Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick MeaneyFullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Christian CrichtonWinger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Marcelo MontoyaCentre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Will HopoateCentre for Raiders is number 4 Sebastian Kris
Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis SmithWinger for Raiders is number 5 Michael Oldfield
Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran ForanFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Aidan Sezer
Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jack CoggerHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams
Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden TolmanProp for Raiders is number 8 Corey Horsburgh
Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-KingHooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Ofahiki OgdenProp for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 23 Adam Elliott2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
Lock for Bulldogs is number 15 Raymond Faitala-MarinerLock for Raiders is number 21 John Bateman
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 13 Chris SmithInterchange for Raiders is number 13 Hudson Young
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Rhyse MartinInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Danny FualaloInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso SueInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Ryan Sutton
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