The Canberra Raiders have named two rookies in their round one team to take on North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night, with Matt Allwood and Shannon Boyd included in the 18 players to play the Cowboys.

Allwood will definitely start for the Raiders at right centre, while Boyd will start from the interchange bench. 

The Raiders have a new look halves pairing to begin the new season with skipper Terry Campese moving to halfback, while Jack Wighton gets his first opportunity to play at five-eighth at NRL level after a successful time in the six jersey as a junior.

Edrick Lee makes a return to the NRL team after missing the majority of last season with a broken arm, while Glen Buttriss will start the match at hooker and Josh McCrone will come from the bench.

Mark Nicholls is 18th man. 

CANBERRA RAIDERS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

SATURDAY MARCH 8, 8.00PM (QLD TIME), 1300 SMILES STADIUM

1.       Anthony Milford

2.       Reece Robinson

3.       Jarrod Croker

4.       Matt Allwood

5.       Edrick Lee

6.       Jack Wighton

7.       Terry Campese (C)

8.       Dane Tilse

9.       Glen Buttriss

10.   Brett White

11.   Josh Papalii

12.   Joel Edwards

13.   Shaun Fensom

14.   Josh McCrone

15.   Jarrad Kennedy

16.   Paul Vaughan

17.   Shannon Boyd

18.   Mark Nicholls