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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

League

Josh Papalii wants to be Canberra Raiders player 'for life'

Jon Tuxworth His best mate Anthony Milford may have donned the Brisbane Broncos jersey on Saturday, but Canberra star Josh Papalii insists he won't desert the Green Machine and wants to be a "Raider for life".

League

Past and present collide for Canberra Raiders as youngsters upstage Ken Nagas in Auckland

Lachlan Croker of the Raiders scores a try against the Tigers.

Jon Tuxworth, Michael Chammas Young guns steal show for Canberra Raiders in boilover win over New Zealand at Auckland Nines.

League

Canberra Raiders' Josh McCrone says he's still half a chance

Jon Tuxworth Josh McCrone insists controversial rule changes to curb wrestling won't turn the game into touch football as the Raiders consider fielding two dummy half options to counteract faster ruck speed.

League

Canberra Raiders star Jack Wighton seeking advice of Greg Inglis on switch to fullback

Jack Wighton will seek the advice of his hero.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders star Jack Wighton will seek advice from All Stars teammate Greg Inglis before his switch to fullback.

League

Injured Raiders forwards Shaun Fensom and David Shillington pushing to be fit for round one

Shaun Fensom is confident of a strong return from injury.

Jon Tuxworth Shaun Fensom has warned NRL rivals he expects to defy the odds and return from major knee surgery better than ever, revealing the break has given his war torn body time to heal.  

League

Only more injuries can stop a breakout year for Edrick Lee, says Wendell Sailor

Edrick Lee on the move.

Jon Tuxworth He was out of sight, out of mind with Indigenous All Stars voters but Wendell Sailor believes only more long term injury will stop Edrick Lee from making the Maroons sit up and take notice. 

League

Canberra Raiders stars Jarrod Croker and Jack Wighton named in All Stars

Jarrod Croker after being announced as Canberra Raiders captain at Canberra Zoo on Friday.

Jon Tuxworth Centre Jarrod Croker has continued his fairytale run by being named in the NRL All Stars team to take on the Indigenous All Stars.

Rugby league

Brad Fittler says 'a fear of embarrassing himself' will drive Raiders legend Ken Nagas at Nines

Fittler's return to the Roosters line-up for the pre-season tournament, along with Steve Menzies for Manly, gave the tournament a huge promotional boost in its first season last year.

Jon Tuxworth Brad Fittler is adamant the NRL would be "stupid" to pull the pin on past legends making Auckland Nines cameos, backing Canberra Raiders legend Ken Nagas to hold his own despite retiring 13 years ago.

Raiders give back to community in last training run before Christmas

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Jon Tuxworth In the midst of a tortorous pre-season it's easy for rugby league players to feel sorry for themselves. 

League

No green to be seen as Fergo and Waerea-Hargreaves train with the Roosters in Canberra

The Canberra Raiders have ended negotiations with Sydney Roosters prop Jared Warea-Hargreaves.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders fans could be forgiven for thinking all their Christmases had come at once when they hear Blake Ferguson and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are training in the capital.

League

Vaughan, Wighton selected in NSW emerging squad

Model players: Canberra Raiders players Jack Wighton, left and Edrick Lee show off next season's home and away jerseys.

Jon Tuxworth Young Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan has taken a first major step toward his desire for higher representative honours after he was named in the NSW Emerging Squad for the first time on Friday.

Rugby league

Jarrod Croker appointed Canberra Raiders captain at just 24

Keen to lead from the front: Jarrod Croker.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders will bank on one of their established juniors, 24-year-old Jarrod Croker, to lead the club into a new era.

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Seiffert Oval upgrades on track for Raiders trial game

Seiffert Oval is getting an upgrade.

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall is hopeful Seiffert Oval will host a Canberra Raiders premiership match in the future after declaring upgrades to the club's spiritual home on track to be completed for...

League

Raiders hold no bitterness after Waerea-Hargreaves contract deadline expires

The Raiders have taken a contract offer for Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves off the table.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart insists there's "no negativity or sour grapes" toward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, adamant the club needs to get on with business after the Roosters prop failed to...

League

Canberra Raiders first home game to be on Sunday night for second straight year

The Canberra Raiders are getting used to playing in undesirable timeslots.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders first home game of the season has been scheduled on the despised Sunday night slot.

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League

Matt McIlwrick ready to capitalise on Roosters lifeline

Former Canberra Raider Matt McIlwrick will try to revive his career at the Sydney Roosters.

Jon Tuxworth Matt McIlwrick says the chance to kick-start his career at the Sydney Roosters was too good to refuse, declaring he will "always be thankful" the Canberra Raiders put his best interests first. 

League

Jarrod Croker ready to step up as NRL side Canberra Raiders' captain: Ben Ikin

Missed out: Jarrod Croker was not selected for the PM's XIII.

Jon Tuxworth Former Queensland Origin player Ben Ikin says Jarrod Croker "would be my pick" as the next Canberra Raiders captain, adamant his decision to re-sign long-term after a tough season is proof of his...

League

From Schoolies week to Blues camp for Raiders rookie Lachlan Croker

Lachlan Croker.

Jon Tuxworth He wasn't old enough to crack open a beer at Schoolies last week, but young Canberra Raiders five-eighth Lachlan Croker is already on NSW coach Laurie Daley's radar after making next week's Blues...

League

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

Anthony Milford's exit from the Raiders has forced the club to rethink it's recruitment strategy.

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...