Charlie Gubb to use Canberra Raiders membership to watch wife's Brumbies debut
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Charlie Gubb to use Canberra Raiders membership to watch wife's Brumbies debut

One couple, two different sports and two debuts at the same stadium on the same weekend. It makes for a historic two days for Charlie and Charlene Gubb.

The former will make his Canberra Raiders debut off the bench against Newcastle on Sunday, while the latter will start at lock for the ACT Brumbies in their inaugural Super W match against Queensland on Saturday.

Raiders prop Charlie Gubb will make his debut this weekend - as will his wife.

Raiders prop Charlie Gubb will make his debut this weekend - as will his wife.

Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

And Charlie planned to take advantage of a cross-code ticket offer to watch Charlene play.

Members of the Raiders can get into the Brumbies game for free, and vice versa.

Charlie joined the Raiders from the New Zealand Warriors this season and was 18th man in their opening round loss to the Gold Coast on Sunday.

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But he's come into the Green Machine 17 to face the Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium on Sunday due to Joe Tapine's thumb injury.

With Charlene to play before the Brumbies' Super Rugby clash against the Durban Sharks at the same venue the night before, Charlie said he'd be making two trips to Canberra Stadium this weekend.

"I think we get in for free with our Raiders membership so I'll be there," he said.

Having missed out on round one, Charlie was determined to establish himself in the Raiders' 17 going forward.

The 27-year-old played 40 NRL games across five seasons for the Warriors before moving across the Tasman to Canberra.

He said he was "shy at first", but was "really happy" he'd made the move as he looks to establish his career.

"I'm just really excited to get out there. I was 18th man on the weekend [and] I really wanted to play against the Titans, but I've got my opportunity now through Taps' misfortune," Charlie said.

"I just want to do my job and hopefully secure my spot ... that's what I came here for so it's just time to do my job."

Charlie said the Knights had brought together a "pretty good pack" including Aidan Guerra, Jacob Lillyman and Herman Ese'ese.

But he said the Raiders pack was "nothing to look down on" with Junior Paulo and Shannon Boyd in the front row.

He's developed a close friendship with Boyd, who he shares a love of the great outdoors and fishing with.

"I think I'm going to head out to his place [in Cowra] probably in the next month or two," Charlie said.

"His uncle has got a smoker he's been telling me about so we're going to slow cook up some lamb out there from what he says anyway. Maybe put a hangi down."

NRL ROUND TWO

Sunday: Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium, 6.30pm. Tickets available from Ticketek.

Raiders squad: 1. Jack Wighton, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Jarrod Croker (C), 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Sia Soliola, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Shannon Boyd, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Luke Bateman. Interchange from: 14. Aidan Sezer, 15. Junior Paulo, 16. Dunamis Lui, 17. Charlie Gubb, 18. Craig Garvey, 19. Michael Oldfield, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Jack Murchie.

Knights squad: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3. Sione Mata'utia, 4. Tautau Moga, 5. Nathan Ross, 6. Connor Watson, 7. Mitchell Pearce (c), 8. Herman Ese'ese, 9. Slade Griffin, 10. Jacob Lillyman, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitchell Barnett. Interchange from: 14. Brock Lamb, 15. Chris Heighington, 16. Jamie Buhrer (c), 17. Daniel Saifiti, 18. Ken Sio, 19. Jacob Saifiti, 20. Daniel Levi, 21. Luke Yates.

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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