Jeremy Hawkins

Canberra Raiders rookie Jeremy Hawkins will be unable to make his NRL debut this weekend against the Gold Coast Titans, after the Raiders application for him to play was denied by the NRL salary cap team.

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The Raiders made a formal submission to the NRL for Hawkins to play after Jack Wighton was ruled out with a broken thumb, however the NRL ruled the Raiders second tier salary cap was at its limit and Hawkins could not play this weekend with other eligible players available.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said although it was disappointing for Hawkins and the Raiders that he could not make his debut, the Raiders have accepted the NRL’s decision.