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Raiders coach Ricky Stuart addressed the media this morning to talk about tomorrow's match against the Eels at GIO Stadium.

The former halfback spoke about the importance of the Raiders crowd and the return of Blake Austin and Josh Papalii. 

"I was really surprised with the amount of people we had turn up last week because it would have been hard for kids to turn up when they have school the next morning," Stuart said.

"It will be nice to see more people here tomorrow and I think they will be treated to an entertaining game of footy."

Stuart also admitted that he has been really impressed with the response from Josh Papalii and Blake Austin after the pair returned to the side from Mounties this week.

"The way Josh and Blake have handled themselves with their attitude has been fantastic and they will both be great additions to the team this weekend."

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.