The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Club veterans Ruben Wiki, Jason Croker and Luke Davico were all named in a twenty-man squad for the clash, announced by Coach Matthew Elliott today.
Back-rower Ruben Wiki will make his much-awaited return following a five-match suspension, while Lock Jason Croker is set to return to action after missing last week?s clash with the Wests Tigers with a pectoral strain.
Prop Luke Davico has also been named in the starting line-up, but faces a fitness test on his injured ribs later in the week.
Davico has not played since dislocating his rib two weeks ago in camp with the Country Origin team. Davico?s front-row partner, Ryan O?Hara, is unavailable for the clash through State-of-Origin duties.
A lengthy seven-man reserves bench has been named, with this to be trimmed to four by Saturday.
The Raiders will face a stern challenge in attempting to snap a three-game losing streak this weekend, having not beaten the Storm in their last 3 clashes.
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership Round 11 Melbourne Storm v Fone Zone Canberra Raiders Olympic Park, Saturday May 22, Kickoff 7:30pm TV: Live FOX
Fone Zone Canberra Raiders Teamsheet
Coach: Matthew Elliott
1. Clinton Schifcofske 2. Matthew Gafa 3. Jason Bulgarelli 4. Joel Monaghan 5. Michael Robertson 6. Mark McLinden 7. Brad Drew 8. Michael Hodgson 9. Simon Woolford (c) 10. Luke Davico 11. Ruben Wiki 12. Ian Hindmarsh 13. Jason Croker
14. Troy Thompson 15. Alan Rothery 16. Ben Cross 17. Ben Cross 18. Terry Martin 19. Adam Mogg 20. Josh Miller 21. Mark Bryant