Raiders team to take on Eels

Canberra raiders centre Brad Cross will make his NRL debut on Saturday afternoon, when the Raiders take on the Eels at Canberra Stadium at 5.30pm.

Originally from Dubbo in NSW Cross played in the Raiders trial matches earlier in the season, and has been added to the side to replace the injured Adrian Purtell who is out for a minimum of 12 weeks due to Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Raiders forward Neville Costigan is out this weekend after he was re-selected for the Queensland State of Origin team, while Tom Learoyd-Lahrs is out for four weeks with a quad injury.

Ben Jones has been moved to the starting line-up to cover for Costigan, while Cross