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The Raiders have made changes to their side for Friday night’s match against the Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium.

Winger Edrick Lee has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, which will see his cousin Brenko Lee come into the team on the wing to replace him. Brenko has played two matches for the NRL side so far this season (Round 3-4) and comes back into the team following some strong form for Mounties in the Intrust Super Premiership.

Josh Papalii has been named for the Raiders in the second row and will be assessed by club medical staff after State of Origin on Wednesday night, to see if he will back up and play on Friday. The inclusion of Papalii sees Sia Soliola named on the bench.

After a man-of-the-match performance on Sunday against the Bulldogs Joe Tapine has been elevated into the starting team, with Paul Vaughan moving back to the bench, while Jeff Lima will play for Mounties in the Intrust Super Premiership.

Clay Priest comes back into the line-up this weekend after being 18th man last weekend, replacing Shaun Fensom who has been rested this week.

Raider’s new recruit Junior Paulo has been named on an extended bench, pending his 2016 contract being registered with the NRL.


1. Jack Wighton

2. Brenko Lee

3. Jarrod Croker (c)

4. Joey Leilua

5. Jordan Rapana

6. Blake Austin

7. Aidan Sezer

8. Shannon Boyd

9. Josh Hodgson

10. Joe Tapine

11. Josh Papalii

12. Elliott Whitehead

13. Luke Bateman

14. Kurt Baptiste

15. Sia Soliola

16. Clay Priest

17. Paul Vaughan

19. Junior Paulo (Pending NRL registration)

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.