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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Rugby league

Josh Hodgson ready to give Cameron Smith a tougher fight

Jon Tuxworth If Canberra Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson was to mark his first Test against Cameron Smith, he would flunk himself. 

Rugby league

Canberra Raiders keen to avoid unwanted home record

Paul Vaughan of the Raiders celebrates with team mate Glen Buttriss after scoring the match winning try during the round seven NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium on April 20, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders are desperate to avoid losing their first three home games for the first time in 23 years, prop Paul Vaughan adamant it's time to back talk with action and rectify their poor...

Out of the Storm, Sisa Waqa now comfortable at Canberra Raiders

Out of the Storm, Canberra Raiders winger Sisa Waqa.

Jon Tuxworth Out of the Storm, Sisa Waqa and his family are settling in at the Canberra Raiders.

Dane Tilse says Raiders milestone game 'not about me'

Dane Tilse.

Jon Tuxworth Departing prop Dane Tilse knows he is the lowest profile member of the Canberra Raiders 200-club, but that's just the way he likes it. 

Jordan Rapana wants to repay Canberra Raiders gamble and re-sign with club

Jordan Rapana tussles with former Raider Blake Ferguson during the round four clash with Sydney Roosters.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders winger Jordan Rapana has declared his intention to re-sign and "repay the club" for taking a massive gamble in handing him an NRL lifeline. 

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

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Billy Slater of the Storm runs the ball during the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Melbourne Storm at WIN Jubilee Stadium on March 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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...