Ricky raids rivals to solve hooker dilemma

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The Raiders person signed a Kiwi youngster who could beryllium the reply to the club's semipermanent hooking dilemma.

With question marks implicit the Raiders' 2 first-choice hookers, Josh Hodgson and Tom Starling, the nine has pounced connected erstwhile New Zealand nether 16 hooker Stanley Iongi.

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Now 19, Iongi really signed with Melbourne feeder nine Brisbane Tigers precocious past year.

But erstwhile helium was approached by the Raiders past week, Iongi's manager Dixon McIver asked the Tigers for a release.

Stanley Iongi. (Auckland League)

"They were large astir it," McIver told Wide World of Sports.

"They wanted Stanley successful their nine but they recognised helium had a overmuch amended accidental astatine Canberra and fto him spell - I can't talk highly capable of them."

Iongi volition commencement the caller play successful the SG Ball but volition beryllium intimately monitored by the Raiders' manager Ricky Stuart.

With Hodgson's aboriginal the taxable of changeless speculation and Starling having off-field issues, the youngster could beryllium the aboriginal Raiders' fig nine.

"He is simply a existent goer successful the Brandon Smith mould - Canberra person got themselves a large kid," McIver said.

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