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Lee Gaskin

Lee Gaskin is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Former NSW centre Ryan Girdler surprised at Jack Wighton's Origin omission

Lee Gaskin Former NSW centre Ryan Girdler believes Raiders fullback Jack Wighton should have been picked on the wing ahead of Will Hopoate for the opening game of the State of Origin series.

Raiders halfback Sam Williams returns to training after collapsed lung

Raiders halfback Sam Williams returned to training on Wednesday.

Lee Gaskin It is a sight to bring a smile to every Canberra Raiders supporter - halfback Sam Williams returning to training just 11 days after suffering a collapsed lung.

NSW State of Origin contenders Blake Austin, Josh Reynolds square off in Canberra

Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin will take on former NSW playmaker Josh Reynolds in Sunday's game against the Bulldogs.

Lee Gaskin Raiders five-eighth says he will have to "match the energy" of Josh Reynolds if he wants to jump him in the NSW pecking order.

Raiders prop David Shillington feeding off young guns for NRL return

Raiders prop David Shillington has been recalled to the side.

Lee Gaskin Recalled Raiders prop David Shillington has revealed the emergence of powerhouse front-rowers Paul Vaughan and Shannon Boyd is driving him to show he can still be a force in the NRL.

Canberra Raiders see silver lining in State of Origin snubbing

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii was overlooked for the Queensland State of Origin team.

Lee Gaskin The Canberra Raiders want to use their State of Origin snubbings to their advantage and climb up the NRL ladder during the draining representative period.

Canberra Raiders have finals on radar after impressive start to NRL season

Raiders prop Paul Vaughan believes the finals are a realistic goal despite his side's 32-18 loss to St George Illawarra on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan believes making the finals is a realistic goal this year, but says consistency will be the key to turning that into a reality.

Canberra Raiders not blaming Jarrod Croker no try for 32-18 loss to Dragons

Referee Ben Cummins speaks to Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker.

Lee Gaskin The Canberra Raiders had a Jarrod Croker try controversially disallowed in a 32-18 loss to the Dragons.

Three-game winning streak over for Raiders at hands of red-hot Dragons

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17:  Raiders coach Ricky Stuart looks dejected as he leaves the field during the round 10 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium on May 17, 2015 in Wollongong, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin Talking points from the Dragons' 32-18 win against the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium on Sunday.

NRL live: St George Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders

Raiders player  Jordan Rapana tackled by Titans Williams Zillman and Kane Elgey.

Lee Gaskin Can the Canberra Raiders stretch their winning streak to four against the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on Sunday?

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. 

Mitch Cornish can maintain Raiders' attacking momentum: Josh Hodgson

Back in the NRL, Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish.

Lee Gaskin Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson has complete faith whoever steps into the shoes of injured halfback Sam Williams will continue to drive the best attacking side in the NRL.

Changing face of the Canberra Raiders

The recruitment of Newcastle centre Joey Leulia would continue the Canberra Raiders changing of the guard.

Lee Gaskin It's the changing face of the Canberra Raiders - moving away from a reliance on locally-developed talent and signing established players from rival clubs.

Canberra Raiders players steal the show in City v Country encounter

Canberra Raiders players Jarrod Croker and Paul Vaughan celebrate Country's 32-22 win against City in Wagga Wagga on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin The Canberra Raiders contingent left their mark on the representative stage on Sunday.

Canberra Raiders chasing Newcastle Knights centre Joey Leilua

The Canberra Raiders have expressed interest in Newcastle Knights centre Joey Leilua.

Lee Gaskin The Canberra Raiders have "expressed some interest" in luring Knights centre Joey Leilua.

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton embracing Country Origin selection

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton will make his third consecutive appearance for Country Origin.

Lee Gaskin Raiders fullback Jack Wighton has "found a home" in the No.1 jersey, but will continue learning from the game's elite custodians to reach his full potential.

Canberra Raiders rate strongly to show demand for more free-to-air TV games

Canberra's Josh Hodgson in action during a match watched on TV by more than 450,000 people in Sydney and Brisbane.

Lee Gaskin Here are the figures that show the Canberra Raiders deserve a greater share of games on free-to-air television.

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Canberra Raiders lock Shaun Fensom makes Country a 'priority'

Raiders forward Shaun Fensom goes through a tackling drill on Wednesday.

Lee Gaskin Raiders workhorse Shaun Fensom says players who make themselves unavailable for City v Country need to get their priorities straight and believes it remains an important part of the rugby league...

NRL chief executive Dave Smith says fans are against round 13 rule

Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson gives a guided tour to NRL palyers and CEO Dave Smith.

Lee Gaskin NRL chief executive Dave Smith has given the strongest indication yet that the controversial "round 13" player signing rule is set for the scrapheap.

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.

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton takes on Roosters young gun Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Lee Gaskin Former Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello breaks down the match-up between his protege Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Raiders custodian Jack Wighton.