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Raiders name squad to take on
Two of Canberra?s leading outside backs return to the Raiders starting team this weekend, but it?s on the bench that coach Matt Elliott is looking for a big impact.
Centre Adam Mogg and winger Craig Frawley come straight back into the Raiders starting team for this Sunday?s match against the Bulldogs at Sydney Showground.
Mogg has missed two games because of suspension for a dangerous throw, while Frawley returns from an ankle injury.
But Elliott has saved his biggest changes for an extended bench, naming three giant New Zealand forwards.
Former Sharks prop Jason Williams and exciting Raiders junior Willie Raston, join one-time New Zealand Test player Andrew Lomu on a five-man bench. Elliott said two of the three would play this Sunday, with a final decision to be made at the end of the week.
Lomu, 187cm and 106kg, made a strong debut for the Raiders on Saturday night, just a week after joining Canberra from the Sharks.
Williams, 178cm and 115kg, is also close to his top-grade debut with the Raiders, having joined the club in April.
Raston, 182cm and 106kg, is the nephew of former Raiders and New Zealand prop John Lomax. The 21-year-old is viewed as an exciting prospect.
Elliott has promoted in-form prop Josh Miller into his starting team, but said he wants more forward impact off his bench.
?We?ve got heaps of mobility in our pack but we?re not really bending the opposition?s defensive line consistently enough,? Elliott said. ?I thought Andrew Lomu provided us with a little bit more punch last weekend and we?re looking for someone else to up the ante.
?We?ve got a lot of guys who are capable of playing extended time, so having an impact player to come on for a short period is really what we?re looking for.?
Backrower Alan Tongue, who made an incredible 56 tackles when he started against the Broncos on Saturday, returns to his familiar utility role on the bench.
?The thing he does for us when he comes off the bench is he sparks us up,? Elliott said. ?The bench is such a vital part of every team now, it?s the first thing I look at when we play an opposition.?
1. CLINTON SCHIFCOFSKE 2. MARSHALL CHALK 3. DAVID HOWELL 4. ADAM MOGG 5. CRAIG FRAWLEY 6. TERRY CAMPESE 7. LINCOLN WITHERS 8. JOSH MILLER 9. SIMON WOOLFORD 10. TROY THOMPSON 11. MATT ADAMSON 12. IAN HINDMARSH 13. JASON CROKER
INTERCHANGE 14. ALAN TONGUE 15. ANDREW LOMU 16. JASON WILLIAMS 17. MATT GAFA 18. WILLIE RASTON