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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Papalii returns for Raiders vs Knights in Wagga

Josh Papalii will return to the Canberra Raiders side for their match against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald’s Park in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 8 May.

Papalii returns to the starting side after being rested for the Raiders loss to the Rabbitohs last week. His inclusion sees Ryan James move onto the extended bench.

George Williams (hamstring) and Sebastian Kris (ankle) have both been named after passing fitness tests.

Williams’ inclusion sees Elliott Whitehead shift back to the second row, Hudson Young to the bench and Sia Soliola drop out of the squad.

Co-captains Josh Hodgson (calf) and Jarrod Croker (shoulder) are still at least another week away as they recover from injury. Whitehead will captain the side once again in their absence.

With Hodgson out, Tom Starling retains the starting hooker spot where he has impressed over the last two weeks.

The 9th placed Raiders are desperate for are win as they look to snap a four-game losing streak in Wagga when they face a Knights side missing halfaback Blake Green.

Green is out injured with Phoenix Crossland named in the number 7 jersey as his replacement, while Hymel Hunt returns on the wing.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Tex Hoy have been named on the extended bench, opening the possibility for their returns from injury.

The Knights are also in need of a win after dropping five of their previous six matches to sit 11th on the lader.

Full Raiders and Knights team lists

  Raiders Knights
1Caleb Aekins1Kalyn Ponga
2Bailey Simonsson2Brayden Musgrove
3Seb Kris3Enari Tuala
4Curtis Scott4Bradman Best
5Jordan Rapana5Hymel Hunt
6Jack Wighton6Kurt Mann
7George Williams7Phoenix Crossland
8Josh Papalii8David Klemmer
9Tom Starling9Jayden Brailey
10Emre Guler10Daniel Saifiti
11Corey Harawira-Naera11Tyson Frizell
12Elliott Whitehead12Mitchell Barnett
13Ryan Sutton13Connor Watson
 Bench Bench
14Siliva Havili14Suaso Sue
15Hudson Young15Jacob Saifiti
16Corey Horsburgh16Brodie Jones
17Joe Tapine17Pasami Saulo
 Reserves Reserves
18Sam Williams18Lachlan Fitzgibbon
19Ryan James19Starford To’a
20Matthew Timoko20Josh King
21Dunamis Lui21Tex hoy
 Coach Coach
 Ricky Stuart Adam O’Brien
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