27 April 2023

Come meet the Green Machine: Raiders signing at Oasis Aquatic Centre

| Jarryd Rowley
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The Canberra Raiders will be making their way to the Oasis Aquatic Centre, Wagga, for a free signing session at 5 pm on Thursday 27 April. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Local fans of the Canberra Raiders will get the opportunity to meet their sporting heroes, as the Green Machine makes their way to the Oasis Aquatic Centre for a midweek meet and greet.

The signing session will run from 5 pm to 6 pm tonight (27 April) and will feature all 18 players named on the extended list for Saturday’s game against the Dolphins at McDonald’s Park.

It will be the last chance for Wagga fans of the ACT-based team to see Raiders superstar Jack Wighton in green before he makes the switch to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2024 season.

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Council is encouraging eager Raiders supporters to attend the free signing as it will be the best chance for them to meet the players throughout their time in Wagga. The signing will also allow fans the chance to purchase Raiders merchandise.

‘’We are thrilled to be welcoming the Raiders back to our city along with the Dolphins for the first time,” Wagga Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout said.

“It’s a great opportunity for all NRL fans and sporting fans in general to support and witness elite sport being played right on our doorstep.

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Regional Canberra Raiders fans are expected to turn out in full force for the team’s match against the Dolphins on Saturday 29 April. Picture: Wagga Wagga City Council.

“We are urging the people of Wagga Wagga and the Riverina to get their tickets and help create a wonderful atmosphere as these two teams do battle.”

It is the first time the Raiders have returned to Wagga since taking on the Melbourne Storm in April last year.

Raiders winger Nick Cotric said teams loved going to rural towns and cities to support the growth and development of regional rugby league.

“The matches in Wagga Wagga have always been ones we’ve looked forward to as a playing group … it’s also great news that we’re able to spend some time meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for photos on the Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s game,” Cotric said.

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Saturday’s game against the Dolphins will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, after the NRL’s newest team surprised the Raiders with a come-from-behind 20-14 win in round two.

On top of trying to even the ledger against the Dolphins, the Canberra side will also look to turn their form at McDonald’s Park around, having lost two of their three matches at the venue, including a 16-30 to the Storm at last year’s fixture.

General admission tickets are still available for Saturday’s game and can be purchased here.

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