Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker will make his NRL return against the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium on Saturday 27 March.
Croker will play his first game in 2021 after shoulder surgery delayed his start to pre-season training.
Sebastian Kris is the unlucky player to make way for Croker after he impressed at left centre over the opening two rounds.
Kris was one of the Raiders best against the Sharks last weekend, scoring a try and running for 115 metres.
Hudson Young has also been named despite picking up a knee injury during the 12-10 victory over the Sharks.
The rest of Canberra’s line up remains the same with Corey Horsburgh and Corey Harwira-Naera left out of the entire squad despite having served their suspensions for drink driving. Horsburgh has been named in the Raiders NSW Cup team to take on the Mounties. Harawira-Naera is scheduled to face court for mid-range drink driving on Thursday, 25 March.
Their opponents, the Warriors, have been dealt two major blows with Chanel Harris-Tavita facing 12 weeks on the sidelines with a stress fracture in his foot. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown will miss three weeks after being suspended for a crusher tackle.
Harris-Tevita has been replaced at halfback by Season O’Sullivan who will play his first game for the club while former Raider Jack Murchie comes onto the bench for Taunoa-Brown.
*UPDATED: The Raiders have made a late change to the side with Dunamis Lui dropping out of the squad, Sia Soliola starting in the front row and Sebastian Kris coming onto the bench.
Full Raiders and Warriors round three teams
|1||Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad||1||Roger Tuivasa-Sheck|
|2||Bailey Simonsson||2||David Fusitu’a|
|3||Jarrod Croker||3||Addam Pompey|
|4||Curtis Scott||4||Peta Hiku|
|5||Jordan Rapana||5||Ken Maumalo|
|6||Jack Wighton||6||Kodi Nikorima|
|7||George Williams||7||Sean O’Sullivan|
|8||Josh Papalii||8||Addin Fonua-Blake|
|9||Josh Hodgson||9||Wayde Egan|
|16||Sia Soliola||10||Bunty Afoa|
|11||Hudson Young||11||Eliesa Katoa|
|12||Elliott Whitehead||12||Bayley Sironen|
|13||Joe Tapine||13||Tohu Harris|
|14||Siliva Havili||14||Jazz Tevaga|
|15||Ryan Sutton||15||Ben Murdoch-Masila|
|17||Ryan James||16||Leeson Ah Mau|
|21||Sebastian Kris||17||Jack Murchie|
|19||Tom Starling||18||Tom Ale|
|20||Caleb Aekins||19||Marcelo Montoya|
|Ricky Stuart||Nathan Brown|
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