Jack Wighton and Edrick Lee to return for Raiders
The Canberra Raiders have made several changes to their team to take on the Parramatta Eels in Darwin on Saturday night at TIO Stadium, with Edrick Lee and Jack Wighton set to make returns from injury.
Edrick Lee will play his first game since injuring his foot in round three against the Titans, while Wighton returns from a broken thumb he sustained against the Tigers in round 16.
Jordan Rapana will make his debut for the Raiders at fullback on Saturday, with Anthony Milford moving to the halves for the injured Terry Campese who will miss 1-2 weeks with an oblique injury, while Bill Tupou comes onto the wing for the Raiders, with Reece Robinson (lower back), Sami Sauiluma (ankle) and Brenko Lee (hamstring) all unavailable through injury.
Shannon Boyd will start the match for the Raiders in the front row for the injured David Shillington who is out for the season with a pectoral injury, with Matt McIlwrick starting at lock for Shaun Fensom who is also out for the year with a knee injury.
Jarrad Kennedy will move back into the second row this week after playing the last three matches at centre, with Joel Edwards to start from the interchange bench.
Mitch Cornish will also return to the Raiders team this weekend after he was named on the interchange bench, replacing Kurt Baptiste who was ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury.
Mark Nicholls will travel with the team to Darwin as 18th man.
NRL: CANBERRA RAIDERS V PARRAMATTA EELS
SATURDAY AUGUST 9, 8.00PM (NT TIME), TIO STADIUM
1. Jordan Rapana
2. Bill Tupou
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Jack Wighton
5. Edrick Lee
6. Anthony Milford
7. Josh McCrone
8. Shannon Boyd
9. Glen Buttriss
10. Brett White ©
11. Josh Papalii
12. Jarrad Kennedy
13. Matt McIlwrick
14. Mitch Cornish
15. Joel Edwards
16. Dane Tilse
17. Paul Vaughan
18. Mark Nicholls
Terry Campese (Oblique) Rd 23-24
Sami Sauiluma (Ankle) Rd 23-24
Reece Robinson (Lower Back) Rd 23-24
Brenko Lee (Hamstring) Rd 23-24
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Knee) Indefinite
Shaun Fensom (Knee) Season
David Shillington (Pectoral) Season
Kurt Baptiste (Shoulder) Season
Jeff Lynch (Knee) Season