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Brad Thorn will make his first appearance in Broncos colours since the 2000 Grand Final when he takes the field for the trial clash with Canberra at Toowoomba this Saturday. Thorn, who spent four seasons with the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super 12 rugby union competition, has recovered from a hamstring strain suffered three weeks ago.
He will be joined by skipper Darren Lockyer and veterans Shane Webcke and Tonie Carroll in a vastly more experienced side to the one that was defeated 24-10 by Melbourne at Carrara last weekend.
Young workhorse David Stagg also returns to the side after missing last week's clash, while 18-year-old wing sensation Leon Bott retains his spot on the wing after an eye catching performance against the Storm.
Karmichael Hunt returns to fullback, pushing Justin Hodges into the centres.
Shaun Berrigan (shoulder), Dane Carlaw (shoulder), Neville Costigan (thumb), Scott Minto (hamstring), Michael Ryan (hamstring), Stu Kelly (quad) and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (lower back) were unavailable due to injury.
The Canberra Raiders are hot off the heels of a commanding 30-4 trial win over an under-strength Canterbury Bulldogs and boast the return of Craig Frawley, who was a star on the wing last season for the Broncos.
BRONCOS TEAM: 1: Karmichael Hunt 2: Leon Bott 3: Brent Tate 4: Justin Hodges 5: Tame Tupou 6: Darren Lockyer (c) 7: Brett Seymour 8: Shane Webcke 9: Barry Berrigan 10: Petero Civoniceva(c) 11: Corey Parker 12: Brad Thorn 13: Tonie Carroll