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The Raiders NYC side welcomes back star forwards Luke Bateman and Tevita Pangai Junior for their clash with the Newcastle Knights this Sunday.

The talented duo were missing from the side that went down 42-26 to the North Queensland Cowboys and their inclusion in the line-up will provide Canberra with a significant boost.

Sunday’s match will also see the debuts of two promising youngsters, Jake Wheeler and Ezra Howe.

Wheeler impressed Raiders talent scouts after playing for Woden Valley Rams in the Canberra Cup last year whilst Howe has progressed through to the team from last year’s SG Ball side.

With the likes of Kilu Pangai and Scott Doyle shaping up to make their long awaited returns from injury, Coach Mick Mantelli has named an extended bench for the clash.

The full team line-up is:

1.      Ricky Garard

2.      Jake Wheeler

3.      Brenko Lee

4.      Jack Creith

5.      Lachlan Hurst

6.      Matt Frawley

7.      Andrew Heffernan

8.      Mitchell Shaw

9.      Dylan McGrath

10.   Brett Solomon

11.   Patrick Mago (C)

12.   Tevita Pangai Junior

13.   Luke Bateman (C)

14.   Ezra Howe

15.   Jules Webley

16.   Josh Baker

17.   Thoren Fidow-Kele

18.   Jamal Nchouki

19.   Trae Clark

20.   Kilu Pangai

21.   Scott Doyle

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.