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Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart has delivered his thoughts about Saturday night's clash against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Lottoland.

The former Raiders halfback spoke about his team selection for the match including the tough decision to leave out five-eighth Blake Austin.

"There's pressure on a number of individuals and not only Blake, unfortunately he has to miss out this week," Stuart said.

The coach was happy to see the return of Joe Tapine as the New Zealand international makes his return to the side.

"It's a boost to have Joe back and we have missed him. He's a wonderful player and he's excited to be back out on the field again."

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.