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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams aiming to kick-on against Storm

Jon Tuxworth His kicking game shut down Brett Stewart's impact last week, now Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams is focused on starving Melbourne star Billy Slater of chances in Sunday's clash at Canberra...

Canberra Raiders stalwart Dane Tilse prepares for home swansong in 200th game for club

SPORT: Canberra Raiders player Dane Tilse has been released from the club so he can play for the Hull Kingston Rovers in the UK Super League. 1st April 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has urged the team to rise to the occasion and send Dane Tilse out a winner in the England-bound prop's 200th game and final home match for the club on Sunday.

Canberra rugby league applauds NRL's tough stance on referee abuse

James Graham of the Bulldogs confronts referee, Gerard Sutton after awarding the Rabbitohs a late penalty.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale says the NRL's tough stance on dissent was crucial to send a stern message as bush football struggles to attract and retain young...

Shaun Fensom lauds back to basics approach for Canberra Raiders revival

Blake Austin showed his toughness against Manly.

Jon Tuxworth Shaun Fensom is normally the man the Canberra Raiders turn to when the chips are down. 

Sam Williams' impressive return for Canberra Raiders doesn't mean end of Cornish: Ricky Stuart

Mitch Cornish is now behind Sam Williams in the Raiders' pecking order.

Jon Tuxworth Ricky Stuart says Sam Williams' display against Manly "doesn't mean the end of Mitch Cornish".

Blake Austin backs up his talk with actions to lead Raiders to victory

Blake Austin of the Raiders and team mates look dejected after a Roosters try

Jon Tuxworth In a midweek news conference Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin took responsibility for Canberra's lack of direction against the Roosters last week, declaring: "I could definitely be giving more."

Canberra Raiders new halves pairing 'wonderful' in defeat of Manly Sea Eagles

The Raiders' Sisa Waqa offloads during the round five NRL match against the Manly Sea Eagles in Albury.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have breathed new life into their NRL season, ending their attacking woes to beat Manly 29-16 in Albury on the back of superb games from halves Blake Austin and Sam Williams.

Saturday Serve

Canberra Raiders rebuild a necessary evil

Jon Tuxworth Albert Einstein once said "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results".

Rugby league

Former mentor Matt Orford backs Sam Williams to prove doubters wrong at Canberra Raiders

Jon Tuxworth Former Canberra halfback Matt Orford has backed Sam Williams to seize his second chance at the Raiders, admitting he was "really surprised" he was offloaded in the belief he was a legitimate...

Canberra Raiders recall halfback Sam Williams, dump Mitch Cornish for Manly clash

Mitch Cornish has been dumped to reserve grade.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has put the blowtorch on himself to accept more responsibility marshalling their misfiring attack, conceding he needs to take more pressure off rookie...

Canberra Raiders defence on edge before clash with wounded Manly

Roosters centre Blake Ferguson beats Edrick Lee to score a try during Sunday's match.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders youngster Edrick Lee has revealed the club's outside backs discussed their defensive deficiencies immediately after they were ruthlessly exposed by the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.

Former player Blake Ferguson comes back to haunt Canberra Raiders

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Blake Ferguson (R) of the Roosters celebrates with Aidan Guerra (L) after scoring a try during the round four NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth For the second straight week Canberra's tough love to wayward players came back to bite them as Blake Ferguson joined Josh Dugan in winning against the club which sacked them. 

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders talking points

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Jordan Rapana of the Raiders is tackled by Blake Ferguson of the Roosters during the round four NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth EDGES STILL FLIMSY

Raiders get insight into the task ahead

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Edrick Lee of the Raiders looks on during the round four NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth For the Canberra Raiders, this was a reminder of the chasm which still exists between them and the NRL's best. 

Lachlan Croker, Dylan McGrath injured in Canberra Raiders' under-20 loss to Sydney Roosters

Lachlan Croker hurt his shoulder.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders' heavy under-20 loss to Sydney Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday was compounded by injuries to key personnel, with halfback Lachlan Croker and hooker Dylan McGrath...

Canberra Raiders urge NRL to drip-feed interchange rules

Canberra CEO Don Furner urged the league to drip-feed the interchange initiative.

Jon Tuxworth, Lee Gaskin The Canberra Raiders insist the NRL would be "crazy" to reduce the number of interchanges to six next season, adamant teams need more time to alter playing rosters to suit such a drastic change.

League

Former Canberra Raider Haydon Hodge signs with West Belconnen Warriors

Former Raider Haydon Hodge has signed with Canberra Raiders Cup side West Belconnen.

Jon Tuxworth Former Canberra Raider under-20s player Haydon Hodge says he now has closure after aborting his comeback to top flight football, and is ready to move on after signing with West Belconnen. 

Canberra Raiders lose Shannon Boyd, Sisa Waqa to injury for Roosters clash

Canberra Raiders player Mark Nicholls is in for his first NRL game in two years.

Jon Tuxworth The Raiders have been forced to make two changes to their team to play the Roosters.

Former Chook Nu'uausala out to raise bar and against former Roosters teammates

Frank-Paul Nu'uausala during his days at the Roosters.

Jon Tuxworth Frank-Paul Nu'uausala openly admits he never wanted to leave the Roosters, but wants to prove they made a mistake showing him the door when he faces his old teammates on Sunday. 

Raiders skipper Croker holds no grudges against Ferguson as head-to-head battle looms

Jarrod Croker and Blake Ferguson celebrate a try as Raiders teammates in 2011.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker would much prefer to watch Blake Ferguson wreak havoc for the Raiders this Sunday than be the man charged with stopping him.