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More injuries see two debutants for Raiders

Canberra have named two debutants on the bench for this weekend's clash against the Warriors on Easter Sunday, with Jarrad Kennedy and Mark Nicholls poised to make their NRL debuts.
More injuries see two debutants for Raiders
by NRL

Canberra have named two debutants on the bench for this weekend's clash against the Warriors on Easter Sunday, with Jarrad Kennedy and Mark Nicholls poised to make their NRL debuts.

Kennedy and Nicholls have been in good form for the Raiders feeder club Mounties and come into the side for Brett White and Joel Thompson, who both picked up injuries against the Cowboys on Monday night.

White suffered a season ending knee injury after rupturing his ACL and will undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the injury tomorrow, which requires nine months of recovery time.

It was a devastating blow for the Raiders prop who played all but one of the Raiders NRL Matches in 2011 and had once again started the season in top form.

Raiders utility Joel Thompson is facing between 3-4 weeks on the sideline with an ankle injury, after scans revealed lateral ankle ligament damage.

Raiders Coach David Furner said the team wasn't going to blame the growing injury toll for the loss to the Cowboys and said he had confidence that the players named this week could some into the team and help the team to a win over New Zealand.

"It's frustrating and we've had our fair share of injuries, but we can't use it as an excuse," Furner said. "We'll have two debutants this week with Jarrad Kennedy and Mark Nicholls who have been in good form for Mounties and they'll bring energy and excitement to the team."

"If the 17 players who go onto the field this weekend with the attitude of winning the game we'll get the win."

Raider's representative prop David Shillington hasn't been named in the side, with his recovery from an oblique injury to be reassessed later in the week.

1 Reece Robinson
2 Blake Ferguson
3 Jarrod Croker
4 Shaun Berrigan
5 Jack Wighton
6 Terry Campese [c]
7 Josh McCrone
8 Dane Tilse
9 Glen Buttriss
10 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
11 Joe Picker
12 Bronson Harrison
13 Josh Papalii

14 Travis Waddell
15 Jarrad Kennedy
16 Sam Mataora
17 Mark Nicholls

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