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Canberra Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart has named some new faces in his 21-man squad that will take on Wests Tigers this Sunday, March 19 at GIO Stadium.

Yet to record a win in 2017 following tight losses to the North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks, Canberra will welcome back captain Jarrod Croker from his knee injury.

Croker's inclusion into the centres pushes Elliot Whitehead into the second row, with Sia Soliola named on the bench alongside new recruit David Taylor, who is available following suspension.

Clay Priest also returns from suspension on the interchange bench.

For Wests Tigers, Tim Grant has been named to return in a big boost to Coach Jason Taylor's side, while Jamal Idris has not been named after picking up a foot injury.

After making a successful return from injury last week, Matt Ballin has been named in jersey 21 and could be in line for a return to the first-grade side if called upon by Taylor.

Rookie forward Junior Tatola has also been named on an extended bench in jersey 18, while Kyle Lovett is also available for selection following his suspension — named in jersey 20.

See how both teams will line up for Sunday's clash at GIO Stadium below!

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1. Jack Wighton
2. Nick Cotric
3. Jarrod Croker (C)
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Blake Austin
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Junior Paulo
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Luke Bateman


14. Adam Clydsdale
15. Sia Soliola
16. Clay Priest
17. Dave Taylor

18. Jordan Turner
19. Dunamis Lui
20. Jeff Lima
21. Scott Sorensen

Coach: Ricky Stuart



1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Kevin Naiqama
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Moses Suli
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Aaron Woods (capt.)
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Ava Seumanufagai
11. Sauaso Sue
12. Chris Lawrence
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Tim Grant
15. Josh Aloiai
16. Joel Edwards
17. Jack Littlejohn

18. Junior Tatola
19. Justin Hunt
20. Kyle Lovett
21. Matt Ballin

Coach: Jason Taylor