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Raiders name squad to play Tigers
Prize off-season recruit Craig Frawley returns to the Canberra Raiders squad for this Sunday?s match against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium.
Frawley hasn?t played for the Raiders since limping off the field in the opening minutes of the Round 4 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium.
A calf tear and a subsequent knee injury have forced him to miss six matches, but the former Brisbane Broncos flyer is ready to come back and compete for the Raiders.
?I can?t wait,? Frawley said. ?It?s been six weeks without a game so it?s been pretty depressing at stages. It?s been good watching the boys play so well and coming along as a team, but I can?t wait to play on the weekend.?
Canberra?s recruits have added a new dimension to the Raiders in 2005, with Jason Smith, Matt Adamson, Lincoln Withers and David Howell each making strong contributions to the NRL club this season.
Frawley, 24, was building towards a big season with the Raiders after training with Queensland?s Emerging Origin squad in the pre-season. He?s now ready to begin where he left off.
?That was the frustrating part about [the injuries],? Frawley said. ?Coming to a new club you just want to play well and do well for the club, but unfortunately I had this hiccup. But I?m over it now, so hopefully I can play well on the weekend.?
Brought to Canberra to play in the centres, Frawley has been named on an extended bench this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Raiders have switched halfback Lincoln Withers to hooker to replace captain Simon Woolford. Woolford this afternoon issued an early guilty plea to a grade one careless high tackle charge, ruling him out for two matches.
Teenager Todd Carney, who will represent NSW Under 19s in next week?s State of Origin curtain-raiser, has been named at halfback.
Woolford will miss almost a month of footy because the Raiders have an upcoming bye. He won?t be available until Canberra?s home game against the Brisbane Broncos on June 11.
?It?s unfortunate we?ve got the bye after the two weeks [suspension] but the team did fine without me the last two weeks I was out so we?ve got guys who will come in and do the job,? Woolford said. ?It?s just unfortunate I can?t seem to get any momentum going with the season.?
1. MARSHALL CHALK 2. MATT GAFA 3. PHIL GRAHAM 4. ADAM MOGG 5. DAVID HOWELL 6. JASON SMITH 7. TODD CARNEY 8. BEN CROSS 9. LINCOLN WITHERS 10. TROY THOMPSON 11. MATT ADAMSON 12. KRIS KAHLER 13. JASON CROKER
14. ALAN TONGUE 15. MICHAEL ROBERTSON 16. IAN HINDMARSH 17. TYRAN SMITH 18. CRAIG FRAWLEY 19. TERRY CAMPESE