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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Coreys are back as Hodgson and Tapine go out

After two heavy defeats, Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has made a host of changes to his side for their clash against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night.

Stuart made strong comments about certain individuals not carrying their weight after the 35-10 loss to the Eels last week and has backed those statements up at the selection table.

Joe Tapine and Sia Soliola have been dropped from the 17 while Corey Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh have been named on the bench for their first NRL game in 2021.

Ryan James returns to the side and will start alongside Emre Guler in the front row with Josh Papalii relegated to the bench.

Josh Hodgson will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a calf injury which opens the door for Tom Starling to get his first start at hooker this year. With Hodgson out, Elliott Whitehead has been named captain alongside Jarrod Croker.

Bailey Simonsson is out with concussion with the impressive Sebastian Kris taking his spot on the wing.

Caleb Aekins remains at fullback after impressing in his debut for the club last week while Jarrod Croker and Curtis Scott keep their spots at centre.

In some good news for Raiders fans, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will not require surgery on his neck and will be assessed weekly.

Raiders and Cowboys team lists

  Raiders Cowboys
1Caleb Aekins1Valentine Holmes
2Seb Kris2Kyle Feldt
3Jarrod Croker3Justin O’Neill
4Curtis Scott4Connelly Lemuelu
5Jordan Rapana5Murray Taulagi
6Jack Wighton6Scott Drinkwater
7George Williams7Ben Hampton
8Ryan James8Coen Hess
9Tom Starling9Reece Robson
10Emre Guler10Jordan McLean
11Hudson Young11Shane Wright
12Elliott Whitehead12Ben Condon
13Ryan Sutton13Lachlan Burr
 Bench Bench
14Siliva Havili14Jake Granvilee
15Corey Harawira-Naera15Mitchell Dunn
16Corey Horsburgh16Francis Molo
17Josh Papalii17Corey Jensen
 Reserves Reserves
18Matthew Timoko18Esan Marsters
19Iosia Solia19Peter Hola
20Matt Frawley20Jake Cifford
21Joe Tapine21Tom Gilbert
 Coach Coach
 Ricky Stuart Todd Payten

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