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Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Former Maroons stars insist quick back up will help Josh Papalii avoid letdown

Jon Tuxworth Former Queensland stars Allan Langer and Gary Belcher insist playing just two days after the biggest moment of his career will help Josh Papalii avoid an "emotional letdown"...

Josh Papalii can be Queensland's 'Klemmer Killer', says Shillington

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25:  Josh Papalii looks to pass during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Suncorp Stadium on June 25, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) a

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders teammate David Shillington has backed recalled Maroon Josh Papalii to live up to the hype of being Queensland's 'Klemmer Killer' in the State of Origin decider, and has already...

Unfair to cast Cameron Smith as 'the villain', says David Shillington

David Shillington has defended Cameron Smith.

Jon Tuxworth David Shillington has labelled Cameron Smith's portrayal as "the villain" in a TV special with Alex McKinnon as "overplayed".

It ''kind of sucks'' I can't play Newcastle, admits new Raider Joey Leilua

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 27:  Joseph Leilua of the Raiders makes a run in his club debut during the round 16 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on June 27, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Canberra mid-season signing Joey Leilua admits it still "kind of sucks" he's banned from playing Newcastle on Friday. 

Competition for spots key to Canberra Raiders culture, says Ricky Stuart

Gold Coast Titan Aidan Sezer will join the Canberra Raiders next year.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has delivered a warning to his players.

Canberra Raiders to ramp up contract talks to keep young guns together long-term

Jack Wighton is one of Canberra's priorities to lock up long term.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra steps up talks to lock up key players long-term over the next few weeks.

Canberra Raider Shaun Fensom says there's no such thing as a soft NRL draw

Shaun Fensom comes off injured during the round six NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm.

Jon Tuxworth On paper, the Canberra Raiders almost certainly have the softest run home to the finals in the competition. 

Shock Queensland inclusion Edrick Lee 'could do a job' if called up: Sailor

Raiders winger Edrick Lee is on stand-by for Origin III as Queensland's 18th man.

Jon Tuxworth Wendell Sailor has warned Queensland 18th man Edrick Lee to prepare like he will make his State of Origin debut.

Josh Papalii recalled to Queensland Origin team: Scott Sattler urges him to target David Klemmer

David Klemmer and Corey Parker tussle during NSW's Origin II win in Melbourne.

Jon Tuxworth Scott Sattler believes Josh Papalii can provide the aggression the Maroons need after his Origin recall.

Joey Leilua to be a big hit for Canberra Raiders, says Blake Austin

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 27:  Joseph Leilua of the Raiders charges into Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Manu Vatuvei and Charlie Gubb of the Warriors during the round 16 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on June 27, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth As far as preparations for club debuts are concerned, new Canberra Raider Joey Leilua's was far from perfect.

Papa don't preach as State or Origin recall for Canberra Raiders hitman looms

Josh Papalii during Raiders Wednesday morning training session 
The Canberra Times
Date: 13 may 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth  Blake Austin has no doubt Raiders teammate Josh Papalii will be wearing a Maroon jumper for Origin III.

Canberra Raider Mitch Cronin 'quite scared' before being cleared of neck injury

Mitch Cronin was relieved to be cleared of a serious neck injury

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders youngster Mitch Cronin has described the uncertainty of being taken off the field in a neck brace as "pretty scary", but is relieved he's been given the all-clear after a nasty knock...

Canberra Raiders given a lesson in game management by NZ Warriors

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have their fingers crossed Mitch Cronin emerges with a clean bill of health after he was carted off the field with a possible neck injury early in Mounties' 36-28 NSW Cup loss in...

Canberra Raiders' season at crossroads after heavy road loss to NZ Warriors

Jack Wighton of the Raiders makes a break to score a try.

Jon Tuxworth Give Shaun Johnson the lion's share of ball and territory and he's going to hurt you. 

Joey Leilua to make Canberra Raiders debut against New Zealand Warriors

Joey Leilua moved to Canberra from Newcastle as a mid-season signing

Jon Tuxworth Former Newcastle centre Joey Leilua will make his Canberra Raiders debut off the bench in Saturday's crucial match against New Zealand Warriors at Auckland. 

Attacking juggernaut Canberra Raiders focus on being 'bad and mean' in defence

Joey Leilua completed his first training session with the Canberra Raiders on Thursday.

Jon Tuxworth Ricky Stuart has put the onus on his players to take individual responsibility for fixing their defence. 

Family first for Frank-Paul Nuuausala in return to Auckland

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 09: Josh Papalii of Raiders offloads during the round nine NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the GOld Coast Titans at Canberra Stadiu.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raider Frank-Paul Nuuausala bought his family $1000 worth of tickets so they can watch him play New Zealand Warriors in his home town Auckland on Saturday.

David Shillington to leave Canberra Raiders for Gold Coast Titans

Raiders teammates Edrick Lee and David Shillington congratulate skipper Jarrod Croker after he scored a try in last week's win at Newcastle.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington will leave the NRL club at the end of the season.

"We're brothers": Rapana and Perrett's bond helps realise NRL dream

Canterbury fullback Sam Perrett says he and Canberra winger Jordan Rapana ''are brothers''.

Jon Tuxworth Don't be fooled by their different surnames. Jordan Rapana and Sam Perrett are brothers.

Shillington praises Canberra Raiders' 'fight' after huge defensive workload

David Shillington says the team showed resilence.

Jon Tuxworth Raiders prop David Shillington said he's proud of the "fight" the young side showed against the Cowboys.