Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has named his team for Saturday's blockbuster against the Cronulla Sharks at GIO Stadium.
Scott Sorensen is named to make his club debut, replacing the injured Joe Tapine. Sorensen will get a chance to go up against his old club, having played three NRL matches for the Sharks in 2014.
Junior Paulo returns to the team in place of the suspended Clay Priest. Paulo will start in the front row alongside Shannon Boyd.
After missing Saturday's match through illness, Jack Wighton is named at fullback.
Tickets to the match are available from Ticketek.
NRL-CANBERRA RAIDERS V CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
SATURDAY MARCH 11, 7.30PM, GIO STADIUM
1. Jack Wighton
2. Nick Cotric
3. Elliott Whitehead
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Blake Austin
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Junior Paulo
9. Josh Hodgson (C)
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Sia Soliola
13. Luke Bateman
14. Adam Clydsdale
15. Dunamis Lui
16. Jeff Lima
17. Scott Sorensen
18. Jordan Turner
19. Zac Santo
20. Makahesi Makatoa
21. Lachlan Croker
Team List Changes
The NRL has made changes to the way team lists are named in 2017. The changes can be summarised as follows:
Tuesday 4pm: Announce 17 active players and four reserves (21-man squad).
24 hours before kick-off: Cut squad to 17 active players and two reserves (19-man squad).
1 hour before kick-off: Final 17-man squad announced.
Notes regarding the new team selection rules:
- If you wish to bring in a player from outside the 21-man or 19-man squad you will need to apply for an exemption which will be evaluated by the Head of Football on a case-by-case basis.
- Players named as “Reserves” on Tuesday will still be able to be named in the starting sides of NYC and Mounties.
- Any players included in the 19 man squad will be deemed ineligible for selection in the final 17 man squad if they play in a NSW/QLD Cup match prior to the NRL match.