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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Hazem El Masri says Raiders captain Jarrod Croker can reach NRL record

Jon Tuxworth Hazem El Masri insists Jarrod Croker has enough time on his side to give his NRL points record a real shake. 

Surprise packet Raiders couldn't care less what critics think

Jarred Croker and Jordan Rapana celebrate a try by Rapana in the match against the Titans.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker has been around long enough to accept as the norm his side being written off before a ball's been kicked in anger.

Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton hot on Josh Dugan's tail

Mercury. Sport. Water Dragons. Josh Dugan with some of the St George Illawarra Dragon team as they take to the water at the Wollongong Continental pools for a training session. Wednesday 13 May 2015. Story. Mitch Jennings. Photo. Kirk Gilmour

Jon Tuxworth Former Canberra Raiders skipper Clinton Schifcofske has "no doubt" Jack Wighton can become as dangerous as Josh Dugan.

Brett Kenny anoints Blake Austin next cab off rank in Blues halves battle

Blake Austin.

Jon Tuxworth, Lee Gaskin NSW Origin legend Brett Kenny believes Canberra five-eighth Blake Austin should be next cab off the rank should the Blues halves fail to fire in the series opener against Queensland in Sydney. 

Soliola says Leilua would be welcomed at Canberra Raiders 'with open arms'

Raiders target Joey Leilua.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola says Joey Leilua would be "welcomed with open arms" as the Raiders working closer to signing the Newcastle Knight, adamant he could help...

Canberra Raiders teammates laud Sam Williams' team-first bravery

Sam Williams of the Raiders scores a try during the round nine NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Gold Coast Titans

Jon Tuxworth No one can argue with Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola's assessment of Sam Williams after he put the team ahead of his own health by playing with a collapsed lung.

Loss of Sam Williams a big test for resurgent Canberra Raiders

Sam Williams was expected to remain in hospital on Sunday night.

Jon Tuxworth It's probably the first time rejuvenated Canberra Raiders half Sam Williams has been compared to Andrew Johns. 

Canberra Raiders pack lets football do talking in face of Gold Coast Titans niggle

Shannon Boyd tries to bust the Titans' line on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth Young Canberra forwards' refusal to be baited by 'niggle' from experienced Titans pack a huge step in their evolution.

Rugby league

David Shillington makes strong injury return for Mounties

Raiders prop David Shillington won't play the season opener despite being named in the run-on side on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth Former Australia and Queensland prop David Shillington made a promising return from injury in Mounties' 58-18 NSW Cup thrashing of Canterbury at Canberra Stadium on Saturday. 

Austin, Papalii enhance Origin claims as Raiders rack up 50 against Titans

Raiders players celebrate after scoring a try.

Jon Tuxworth Blake Austin has given NSW coach Laurie Daley more food for thought after inspiring the Raiders to a 56-16 win over the Titans.

Visit by Canberra Raiders mums inspires victory

Canberra Raiders invited players' mothers to listen to Ricky Stuart's final message to the players before Saturday's home clash.

Jon Tuxworth A pre-match address from passionate Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is a scene where women would normally fear to tread. 

Canberra Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste almost quit NRL

Kurt Baptiste

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders bolter Kurt Baptiste has revealed he would likely be playing overseas had the club not offered him a lifeline, admitting shoulder injuries nearly ended his NRL career...

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker ready for second act against Gold Coast flyer

Gold Coast's James Roberts, pictured at City training, is the NRL's joint leading try-scorer.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker learned just seven days ago shutting down James Roberts isn't a job for one man. 

Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders

Rapana fractured his cheekbone in Canberra's last match against the Rabbitohs, but has been cleared to play this weekend.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have re-signed winger Jordan Rapana for two years and the club hopes to boost its backline stocks even further in the coming days.

Gold Coast Titans biggest test in month: Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

Jarrad Kennedy is helping provide impact off Canberra's bench.

Jon Tuxworth The Gold Coast have lost representative forward Greg Bird to suspension, but Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is still tipping Saturday's clash with the Titans at Canberra Stadium to be his team's toughest...

Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams tackles Aidan Sezer's competiton

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 25:  Aidan Sezer of the Titans is tackled by Chad Townsend and Bodene Thompson of the Warriors during the round eight NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Raiders halfback Sam Williams says the "ball is in my court" to retain a starting position at the NRL club long term, but he insists Saturday's clash with the Gold Coast Titans isn't about proving...

Paul Vaughan plays down Origin hopes as Canberra looks to break home duck

Paul Vaughan says he's happy with his form this season.

Jon Tuxworth Australia's ageing forwards have been put on notice but Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan believes he's still "a bit far away" from breaking into the NSW State of Origin side, despite his strong...

Blake Austin uses City experience to make Canberra Raiders slicker

Chasing improvement: Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin.

Jon Tuxworth He's been mentioned among the NRL's best buys of the season, he's about to make his representative debut with City, but Canberra Raiders play-maker Blake Austin says he still has a "very long way to...

Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington keen to prove worth on comeback from injury

David Shillington has been cleared to return from a broken thumb.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington insists he not a spent force in the NRL.

Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton can push Origin claims: Matt Parish

Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton in action for Country in 2013.

Jon Tuxworth He's the right-hand man of NSW coach Laurie Daley, and Matt Parish says Raiders fullback Jack Wighton has a big opportunity to play Origin this year.