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Jordan Rapana returns from shoulder surgery eight weeks ahead of Raiders' schedule

Canberra winger Jordan Rapana has made a miraculous recovery from shoulder surgery eight weeks ahead of schedule in a massive boost for Ricky Stuart's side.

The prolific try-scorer has been named in his usual right wing spot for Friday's NRL clash with Melbourne and "Leipana" is set to take full flight after he was named outside good mate Joey Leilua.

Rapana went under the knife after injuring his shoulder on New Zealand's Test tour of England last year.

He had been pencilled in to return near rounds 8-10 and the club applied for salary cap relief, believing they were set to lose him long-term.

But he will come into the side for their round two clash at the expense of last week's debutant Bailey Simonsson.

Meanwhile, Wests Tigers skipper Moses Mbye has been named on an extended bench and is in line to lead the side out for the first time.

Mbye missed the joint venture's opening round win due to a knee injury but is a chance to take on the Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday.

After being appointed captain during the off-season, it would mark Mbye's first game in charge of the Tigers.

"Around midweek I'll make a decision around that. He's trained really well over this last little period," coach Michael Maguire said.

"We sat him out last week because we felt he just wasn't there. He's pretty close now."

Maguire also confirmed playmaker Josh Reynolds would turn out in the NSW Cup this weekend.

Jordan Rapana on the run for the Canberra Raiders.
Jordan Rapana on the run for the Canberra Raiders. Source: Photosport