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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Canberra Raiders to target 'mature and developed' Queensland players as Anthony Milford loss proves final straw

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders will focus on recruiting more "mature and developed players" from Queensland but insist they won't completely abandon the rich junior nursery, despite sacking Souths Logan...


Canberra Raiders aim to lift memberships

The Raiders are out to attract more members in 2015 with a variety of packages available.

Jon Tuxworth The NRL ladder isn't the only table the Canberra Raiders want to scale next year, the club hopeful a change in results will lift them off the bottom of the membership ranks. 


Former Raider Joe Picker retires content after playing part in Souths' premiership

The back rower played 110 games with the Raiders from 2007-13.

Jon Tuxworth He's just won an NRL premiership at South Sydney but Joe Picker has hung up the boots despite admitting he could have played on at the Rabbitohs next season.


Australian Diamonds spurred on by becoming netball's 'Invincibles' in Canberra Test against England

Madison Robinson.

Jon Tuxworth They have conquered the Commonwealth and dominated arch rival New Zealand, but Australian Diamonds star Madi Robinson says finishing the year unbeaten will spur them on to extend their winning streak...


Canberra Raiders English recruit Josh Hodgson wants to finish career in NRL

Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson may be on the cusp of his first English jersey, but he hopes he doesn't play in his homeland again and wants to finish his career in the NRL. 


Corey Parker backs Australia's 'generation next' in Four Nations

Corey Parker.

Jon Tuxworth Think the heavily depleted Kangaroos are vulnerable? Think again, says Australian forward Corey Parker.


Former Canberra Raiders pair take coaching reins at Gungahlin Bulls

Dave Howell and Lincoln Withers.

Jon Tuxworth The NRL flavour within the Canberra Raiders Cup ranks will be boosted further next year with Lincoln Withers and David Howell set to start a joint player-coach role at Gungahlin Bulls. 


Potential Hull KR lifeline gone for Campo

Terry Campese training this week.

Jon Tuxworth A potential career lifeline for Canberra Raiders skipper Terry Campese has been slammed shut after Hull KR signed Gold Coast pair Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair to two-year deals on Saturday.  


Raiders not vying for Josh Hoffman: coach Ricky Stuart

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says Bronco Josh Hoffman is not a recruiting target for Canberra.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra coach Ricky Stuart insists the Raiders are not in the race for out-of-favour Brisbane Bronco Josh Hoffman, with the club preferring to pursue other options as it looks to rebuild for next...


Blake Austin removed from Wests Tigers photo, raising doubts about his future

The Tigers membership photo, with Austin missing from the line-up.

Jon Tuxworth New Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor says that overhauling his football department is his immediate priority and he is yet to meet with Canberra Raiders target Blake Austin to discuss his future at...

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Canberra Raiders rookie Tevita Pangai learns from brothers' mistakes

Tevita Pangai (left, with brothers Kilu and Moses) is hoping to break into the Raiders first grade side next year after being named in the Junior Kangaroos team.

Jon Tuxworth He's tipped for big things, but Canberra Raiders rookie Tevita Pangai need look no further than his own family for the slip-ups which can cruel an NRL dream.


Gungahlin Bulls rugby league pair to embrace pain of New York marathon to help sick kids

Gungahlin Bulls rugby league players (from left) Kai Sklaner and Steve Boardman are running the New York Marathon to raise money for Camp Quality.

Jon Tuxworth Gungahlin Bulls players Steve Boardman and Kai Sklenar have never run 42 kilometres before, but when the going gets tough in next month's New York marathon they'll be spurred on by sick kids who have...

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NRL is trying to have its cake and eat it too on player safety

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Jon Tuxworth The gladiatorial aspect of rugby league is its crucial quality that separates it from the rest.


Raiders' Patrick Mago and Tevita Pangai make cut for Junior Kangaroos' clash with Kiwis

Patrick Mago.

Jon Tuxworth Promising Canberra Raiders back-rowers Patrick Mago and Tevita Pangai have been named in the Junior Kangaroos team to take on New Zealand in Auckland on October 18.


Michael Maguire's success as coach no surprise to his peers

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire celebrates winning the 2014 NRL grand final.

Jon Tuxworth As a footballer at Canberra Raiders, Souths premiership coach Michael Maguire was an average toiler who had to fight for every scrap he got. 


Josh Papalii says he should be allowed to play for Samoa should he miss Kangaroos selection

Josh Papalii.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii has called for international eligibility rules to be tweaked to help 'minnows' be competitive, admitting he would love to play for Samoa if snubbed by Australia.


Canberra Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson latest Englishman to join NRL

Jon Tuxworth In a grand final week where Poms have been flavour of the month, Canberra Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson isn't about to make any grand statements.


Canberra Raiders weigh up fullback options as Josh Hoffman looms as a prospect

Possibility: Brisbane's Josh Hoffman has been given permission to speak with other clubs.

Jon Tuxworth Josh Hoffman's manager expects the Raiders to show interest after the Broncos released the star back.


Joe Picker's Bigga brothers on South Sydney Rabbitohs bandwagon

Mick Picker, right, with his young cousin Daniel Picker, 14, outside the family-owned sports store in Crookwell.

Jon Tuxworth They were brought up in Raiders lime green, but the Pickers have decked out their Crookwell sports store in the myrtle green of the Rabbitohs.