Raiders hit by two more injuries

Last updated 05:00 23/02/2013

Relevant offers

Former Canterbury hooker Matt McIlwrick has been scratched from the Canberra Raiders' final trial due to injury and a cloud still hangs over the future of young enforcer Josh Papalii.

Coach David Furner has decided to not to play McIlwrick, a Halswell Hornets junior, and Joe Picker against Canterbury in Goulburn today to give the duo an extra two weeks' rest before their round one game against Penrith.

"I gave [McIlwrick] a test yesterday and he had injured a rib cartilage there and that's something that doesn't settle so quick," Furner said. "Joey Picker won't be starting as he still has a little back problem from last week."

The withdrawals join the injury ward of Glen Buttriss (ankle), Terry Campese (knee), Jarrod Croker (knee), Hayden Crockett (knee) and Jack Wighton (hand).

Meanwhile, the future of Papalii remains at stake with Parramatta reportedly putting in a bid of $1 million for the New Zealand-born heavy hitter.

"He's been pretty clear on his intentions that he wants to stay," Furner said. "Look, we want him to be a big part of the Raiders so, as I said, it's always a process and it's not clearcut." 

Ad Feedback


Special offers
Opinion poll

Should South African teams be ditched from Super Rugby?

Yes, I don't care about the South African teams

I don't watch rugby

No, it would detract from the quality of the competition

Vote Result

Related story: Andrew Mehrtens: Let's ditch South Africa

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content