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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

2015 another roller-coaster ride for the Canberra Raiders, but signs are good

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders fans are used to enduring a tumult of different emotions during winter, and 2015 was no different. 

Six Canberra Raiders chosen in Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad

Jack Wighton has been named in the PM XIII train-on squad.

Jon Tuxworth Six Canberra Raiders have been named in the Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad, as part of the initial 30 players chosen from teams not participating in the NRL finals.

Joe Picker heroics fail to drag gutted Goulburn to premiership

Joe Picker is upended by the Blues' defence on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth He'd dislocated his wrist with just minutes remaining, but Goulburn's Joe Picker refused to succumb to the pain. 

Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker eyes off point scoring summit


Jon Tuxworth Former Canterbury sharpshooter Daryl Halligan says there's a struck match between Jarrod Croker and James Maloney when debating the NRL's best goalkicker, but has no doubt the current crop easily has...

Former Canberra Raider Trevor Thurling to retire after local grand final

Retiring: Queanbeyan's Michael Dodson is another Blues veteran preparing to hang up his boots.

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling will retire from the game content he's squeezed every bit of potential out of himself after Sunday's grand final against Goulburn at Seiffert Oval.

Pickers prove there's more to life than football

Family ties: Joe Picker shears one of hundreds of sheep on the family farm.

Jon Tuxworth Just south of the tiny town of Bigga is a rustic shearing shed where Joe Picker would prefer to be each September than playing in the NRL finals. 

Rugby league

Canberra Raiders half Mitch Cornish desperate for second NRL chance

Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans at GIO Canberra Stadium. Raiders player  Mark Nicholls
Date: 09 May 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth Mitch Cornish will get a perfect chance to try to impress the club which are looking at throwing him a lifeline.

Rugby league

Canberra Raiders ''confused'' by Jack Wighton's suspension for Soward hit

Sport: Canberra Raiders take on Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium in Canberra. Canberra Raiders player Blake Austin leaves the field with a injury. 31st August 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton's season may be over a week early after he was slapped with a grade two careless high tackle charge for his hit which forced Penrith's Jamie Soward off the...

Canberra Raiders lock up five-eighth Blake Austin until the end of 2018

March 15 2015.

NRL round 2 the Canberra Raiders vs the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium, Bruce. Five-eighth Blake Austin of the Canberra Raiders.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has extended his contract until the end of 2018. 

Blake Austin, Jamie Soward injured as Canberra Raiders farewell David Shillington in style

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31:  Jarrad Kennedy congratulates Shaun Fensom of the Raiders after he scored a try during the round 25 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium on August 31, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Serious shoulder injury spoils Blake Austin's re-signing party in Raiders' 34-18 win over Panthers.

Canberra Raiders urged to get back on track against Penrith Panthers on Monday night

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says his players must lift to send out their departing teammates with a win against the Penrith Panthers on Monday night.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders won't tolerate more late-season mediocrity in Monday night's final home game of the season against the Penrith Panthers.

Hard work helps David Shillington depart Canberra Raiders on his terms

April 12 2015.

NRL round 6 the Canberra Raiders v the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium, Bruce. Mark Nicholls of the Canberra Raiders runs the ball forward.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

Jon Tuxworth David Shillington had two options - finish his Canberra Raiders career languishing in reserve grade or "fight like hell".

Sisa Waqa, Jack Wighton keen to stay at Raiders as six players set to bid farewell

Canberra Raider Sisa Waqa at the launch of Touch Football Australia's

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders outside back Sisa Waqa has put to bed rumours he wants out of the club to join French rugby, adamant he will honour the final season of his two year deal in 2016. 

Do if for the home fans, not just Shillo, urges former Raider Alan Tongue

David Shillington wants to leave the Raiders with a home win.

Jon Tuxworth  The Canberra Raiders want to send David Shillington out a winner against Penrith on Monday night.

Talking points: Ricky Stuart's words prove prophetic for Canberra Raiders

Shannon Boyd of the Raiders takes on the Titans'  defence.

Jon Tuxworth Ricky Stuart said pre-match his players were 'knocked around. He was right.

Lethargic Canberra Raiders smashed by Gold Coast Titans in ugly loss

Josh Hoffman of the Titans is tackled by Blake Austin.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have produced arguably their worst performance of the season in a 28-12 loss to the Titans.

Rugby league

Parramatta show interest in Canberra Raiders' Mitch Cornish for next season

Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish has attracted interest from Parramatta and Wakefield.

Jon Tuxworth The Parramatta Eels are considering throwing out-of-favour Canberra halfback Mitch Cornish an NRL lifeline.

Rugby league

'Flat' Canberra Raiders desperate to get off canvas against Gold Coast Titans

Sport. Canberra Raiders Versus Manly at Canberra Stadium. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart looking concerned.
August 16th 2015
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says his players have been "knocked around" by their finals hopes ending.

Shillington hopes Fifita's courage breaks down mental health stigma

Andrew Fifita breaks down during <i>The Footy Show</i> interview.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders forward David Shillington has applauded Andrew Fifita's courage in revealing his depression.

Canberra Raiders frustrated by referee blunder, but shoulder blame for Manly loss

Close call: Raiders halfback Sam Williams makes a tackle against Manly.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams says the players were frustrated by the illegal Brett Stewart try that ended their finals hopes, but he admits they have to must accept blame for putting...