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The Canberra Raiders NYC side will aim to remain in close contention with the top eight when it hosts the high-flying St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium on Friday evening.

The 11th-placed Raiders got their season back on track through a 36-14 belting of the Cowboys last time they played, and will look to replicate the red-hot form displayed in Round 17 when they meet the second-placed Dragons.

Gungahlin Bulls product Daniel Keir will start at lock in a move that will shift utility forward William Samuel to the bench.

Exciting hooker Erin Clark will start again after his man of the match display against the North Queensland Cowboys.

Meanwhile, former Dragon Kye Madden has been named to start on the bench in place of 19-year-old utility Sato Ketia-Opo.

It will be a Dragons outfit riding a three-game winning streak that touches base in the nation’s capital, but the Red V is set to meet a Raiders side that has enjoyed a successful run at home this season in which it has won six of its eight games.


Raiders NYC team to play Dragons:

1.   Harry Van Dartel
2.   Komiti Tuilagi
3.   Sebastian Kris
4.   Andre Niko
5.   Mikaele Ravalawa
6.   Paul Roache
7.   Lachlan Cooper
8.   Emre Guler
9.   Erin Clark
10.   Zac Masters
11.   Jack Murchie
12.   Kalani Going (C)
13.   Daniel Keir


14.   Jarred Tuite
15.   William Samuel
16.   Kye Madden
17.   Fabien Paletua-Kiri
18.   Sam Finnegan
19.   Timoci Vatubuli
20.   Jacob Field
21.   Connor Brebner
22.   Wesley Tameifuna
23.   Logan Spaander

Dragons NYC team to play Raiders:

1. Jai Field
2. Steven Marsters
3. Reuben Garrick
4. Matheson Johns
5. Jason Gillard
6. Tristan Sailor
7. Jackson Willis
8. Stuart Mason
9. Cooper Purcell
10. Matt Sheppard
11. Trent Peoples
12. Jackson Ford
13. Joe Lovodua


14. TJ Uele
15. Tom Angel
16. Brayden Gallagher
17. Josh Dowel
18. Hayden Lomax
19. Jack Cross
20. Max Bailey
21. Dylan Morris
22. Bailey Dickinson
23. Dane Francis

Head to GIO Stadium to see the Raiders take on the Dragons from 5:35pm or follow the Raiders Twitter for live match updates.

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.