John Bateman will play his first game in 2020 on Saturday afternoon against the Cowboys. Getty

The Canberra Raiders have named John Bateman to start for the first time in 2020, while new recruit Corey Harawira-Naera will play his first game for the Green Machine against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday 1 August.

Bateman has overcome a shoulder injury to finally play his first game for the club since last year’s grand final and has been named to start in the second row, shifting Hudson Young to lock.

Harawira-Naera only joined the Raiders bubble this week after signing with the club on Friday 24 July but has been named on the bench to become Raider #368 in his first NRL game this year.

Having only just completed his first training session with the club yesterday, it may take a while for him to build up the match fitness required to start and play 80 minutes in the back row.

After missing the past three weeks because of poor form and an arm infection, Curtis Scott has been named to start at centre, while Jordan Rapana will move to fullback to cover the injured Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, who is expected to miss only one to two weeks with a finger injury.

The inclusions of Bateman, Harawira-Naera and Scott have come at a crucial time for the club after a spate of recent injuries had really tested the Raiders’ depth.

The inclusions also mean that rookies Kai O’Donnell and Harley Smith-Shields have been dropped from the starting 17 and named in the extended squad.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have made two changes to their side with Jordan McLean named to start in the front row and Connelly Lemuelu named in the centres.

However, the Cowboys will be forced to make one more change as Josh McGuire has been suspended for one game after an unsuccessful appearance at the NRL tribunal on Tuesday night, 28 July.

Full teams:

Raiders Cowboys 
    
1Jordan Rapana1Hamiso Tabaui-Fidow
2Semi Valemei2Kyle Feldt
3Jarrod Croker3Justin O’Neill
4Curtis Scott4Connelly Lemuelu
5Nick Cotric5Murray Taulagi
6Jack Wighton6Daejarn Asi
7George Williams7Jake Clifford
8Josh Papalii8Josh McGuire
9Siliva Havili9Reece Robson
10Dunamis Lui10Jordan McLean
11John Bateman11Shane Wright
12Elliott Whitehead12Coen Hess
13Hudson Young13Jason Taumalolo
 Bench Bench
14Tom Starling14Mitchell Dunn
15Joe Tapine15Tom Gilbert
16Ryan Sutton16Gavin Cooper
17Corey Harawira-Naera17Francis Molo
 Reserves Reserves
18Sam Williams18John Asiata
19Harley Smith-Shields19Ben Hampton
20Kai O’Donnell20Esan Marsters
21Matt Frawley21Jake Granville

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