Tongue back for Raiders trip to Tamworth

Canberra Raiders Captain Alan Tongue has been declared fit to play and will lead the Green Machine against the Bulldogs in his home town match in Tamworth.

Raiders recruit Matt Orford has failed to pass a fitness test for the match and will not travel with the side, nor will Joel Thompson who will rest his rib injury to ensure he's available for round one.

Tongue said he's looking forward to returning to his home town for the game and said he wouldn't be the only familiar face for the locals.