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Ferguson moved to fullback to cover for injured Dugan

The Canberra Raiders have been forced to make a raft of changes for their round four clash against the Wests Tigers, with injuries forcing a number of player and positional moves.
Ferguson moved to fullback to cover for injured Dugan
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The Canberra Raiders have been forced to make a raft of changes for their round four clash against the Wests Tigers, with injuries forcing a number of player and positional moves.

Dimitri Pelo will get his first opportunity to run out for the club in an NRL match after he was named on the wing, with Blake Ferguson shifting back to fullback to cover for the injured Josh Dugan who will miss the next six weeks.

Injury to Shaun Fensom has forced a change in the backrow with Josh Papalii moving to lock, while Joel Thompson will start for the first time in 2012 as he comes into the starting team in the second row.

Raiders forward Trevor Thurling has also been ruled out of action for two weeks with a knee injury and he'll have minor surgery tomorrow to repair some cartilage damage.

Thurling's omission from the bench and Thompson's promotion will see Joe Picker and Sam Mataora move onto the interchange bench, while young forward Jarrad Kennedy will be 18th man.

Raiders Coach David Furner said the inclusion of Pelo on the wing and Ferguson to fullback wouldn't disrupt the team too much, while Joel Thompson would bring some aggression to the starting team.

"Dimitri has plenty of top grade experience through his super league time with Catalans and Fergo showed last week that he can handle the fullback role in Josh's absence," Furner said. "Joel starting the game gives us another option starting in the back row and he's a player who can bring that aggression early on."

1 Blake Ferguson
2 Dimitri Pelo
3 Jarrod Croker
4 Shaun Berrigan
5 Jack Wighton
6 Terry Campese [c]
7 Josh McCrone
8 David Shillington
9 Glen Buttriss
10 Brett White
11 Joel Thompson
12 Bronson Harrison
13 Josh Papalii

14 Travis Waddell
15 Joe Picker
16 Sam Mataora
17 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
18 Jarrad Kennedy




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