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McIlwrick set for NRL debut as Fensom returns

Canberra will welcome a new face to their line-up for the first time on Sunday as Matt McIlwrick makes his NRL debut, while at the same time they welcome back tackling machine Shaun Fensom.
McIlwrick set for NRL debut as Fensom returns
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Canberra will welcome a new face to their line-up for the first time on Sunday as Matt McIlwrick makes his NRL debut, while at the same time they welcome back tackling machine Shaun Fensom.

McIlwrick has been named on the bench for the Raiders, with the young hooker coming in for Travis Waddell as a backup for starting number nine Glen Buttriss.

Fensom returns for the first time since tearing his bicep in round in round three, after passing a fitness test at training this morning.

Sam Williams has been named at halfback with Josh McCrone moving to five-eighth, following the news last week that Terry Campese will miss the remainder of the season with injury.

Josh Dugan will be given another week to recover from a Shoulder injury.

Raiders Coach David Furner said McIlwrick's form for the Mounties in the NSW Cup has warranted an opportunity, while the return of Fensom is a huge boost for the club.

"Matt has been in good form for Mounties and has trained with the squad all-preseason," Furner said. "It's also about getting more game time for Travis Waddell and he can do that with a good stint for Mounties.

"Shaun Fensom is fit and 100 per cent ready to go, he has been back in full squad training for a week and participated in our contact sessions. Josh Dugan is still probably at least a week away at this stage."

CANBERRA RAIDERS v CRONULLA SHARKS
Round 8, 2012 NRL Premiership
Sunday, April 29, 2012
NRL Kick-Off 2.00pm
Canberra Stadium, Bruce, ACT
Game Tag:
Referees: Jason Robinson/Tony De Las Heras

1 Reece Robinson
2 Blake Ferguson
3 Jarrod Croker
4 Shaun Berrigan
5 Jack Wighton
6 Josh McCrone
7 Sam Williams
8 David Shillington [c]
9 Glen Buttriss
10 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
11 Josh Papalii
12 Bronson Harrison
13 Shaun Fensom

14 Matt McIlwrick
15 Joel Thompson
16 Sam Mataora
17 Dane Tilse
18 Joe Picker

Coach: David Furner

Injury Ward
Josh Dugan (Shoulder) Rd 9
Trevor Thurling (Knee) Indefinite
Brett White (Knee) Season
Terry Campese (Knee) Season

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