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The Canberra Raiders have named their squad for Saturday nights match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart has made a number of changes to the side following injury and back to back losses against the Panthers and Eels.

Josh Hodgson has been ruled out for 2-3 weeks with a calf injury, which sees Tom Starling named to start the match at hooker.

With Hodgson ruled out Elliott Whitehead has been named as Captain this weekend alongside Jarrod Croker.

Sebastian Kris returns to the side on the wing this weekend, with Bailey Simonsson ruled out following a concussion last weekend.

Ryan James returns to the side in the front row after missing last weekend's match, with Josh Papalii moving to the bench. Ryan Sutton will start the match at lock and Emre Guler at prop with Joe Tapine dropping out of the 17 and onto the extended bench.

Corey Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh have been named in the 17 for the first time this season on the interchange bench, with Sia Soliola moving into the extended squad.

In some good news today, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will not require surgery on his neck and will be assessed weekly to see when he could make a return.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Caleb Aekins
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Sebastian Kris
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Ben Hampton
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Coen Hess
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Ryan James
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 20 Reece Robson
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Emre Guler
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Ben Condon
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 15 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Lachlan Burr
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
    Interchange for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Mitchell Dunn
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Francis Molo
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Corey Jensen
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Josh Papalii

Reserves

  • Reserve for Cowboys is number 18 Esan Marsters
    Reserve for Raiders is number 18 Iosia Soliola

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Nick Morel
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

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