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Luke Bateman will get the opportunity to start this weekend for the Raiders when they play the Warriors in New Plymouth, after Shaun Fensom was ruled out for the trip to New Zealand with a shoulder injury.

Bateman has been in strong form since getting an opportunity in round six, with his elevation into the starting side a reward for his consistent and solid performances.

Fensom will only miss 1-2 weeks with his injury, after scans cleared him of any serious damage.

Jeff Lima will also make his return to the NRL squad for the first time since breaking his hand in round four and will come onto the Raiders bench for Bateman.

Frank-Paul Nuuausala has been named on an extended bench for the match after a strong performance for Mounties on Saturday against Newtown, while Sam Williams has also made the trip to New Zealand.


1. Jack Wighton

2. Edrick Lee

3. Jarrod Croker (c)

4. Joey Leilua

5. Jordan Rapana

6. Blake Austin

7. Aidan Sezer

8. Shannon Boyd

9. Josh Hodgson

10. Paul Vaughan

11. Josh Papalli

12. Elliott Whitehead

13. Luke Bateman

14. Kurt Baptiste

15. Jeff Lima

16. Clay Priest

17. Joe Tapine

18. Sam Williams

19. Frank-Paul Nuuausala

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.