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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Canberra Raiders defence on edge before clash with wounded Manly

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)


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.


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. 

Canberra Raiders may fight Shaun Fensom charge as injuries strike before Roosters clash

The Raiders may fight Shaun Fensom's charge.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders are strongly considering fighting a crusher tackle charge against Shaun Fensom as they battle a mounting injury toll before Sunday's road clash with the in-form Sydney Roosters.

Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin vows he and halves partner Mitch Cornish will take more ownership

Dejected Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin after his team's loss in the round three NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has vowed to take more ownership in games, admitting he and halves partner Mitch Cornish were guilty of going missing at crucial times in Saturday's 22-20...

Canberra Raiders need to 'have a really hard look at ourselves' after Dragons fadeout: Dane Tilse

Dane Tilse cops a heavy Dragons tackle on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra prop Dane Tilse couldn't care less his 200th game had been ruined by the Raiders giving a huge lead in Saturday's 22-20 loss to St George Illawarra. 

'I deserved to be sacked by Canberra Raiders', says St George Illawarra Dragons star Josh Dugan

Saint George player Josh Dugan leaves the field after being sent to the sin bin
The Canberra Times  
Date:  21 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan says he "fully deserves" to be booed by Canberra Raiders fans, adamant he holds no grudges toward the team which sacked him.

Croker shines again as Canberra Raiders twenties hammer Dragons

Lachlan Croker continues to impress.

Jon Tuxworth Mitch Cornish has already graduated to the NRL, but Lachlan Croker could be the next halfback off Canberra's junior production line after producing a standout display in the Raiders 60-10 under-20s...

Talking points: Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons

Raiders players leave the field after loosing the games against Saint George at Canberra Stadium.
The Canberra Times  
Date:  21 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have a terrible record attempting trying to close out half-time leads.

Under siege Dragons stun Raiders after epic comeback in Canberra

Former Raider Joel Thompson scores the match-winning try for the Dragons.

Jon Tuxworth St George Illawarra's hoodoo in Canberra is officially dead after a stunning 22-20 comeback win.

Rugby league

Canberra Raiders defence bad and mean before clash with struggling Dragons

Ricky Stuart gives Raiders players Jeremy Hawkins and Brenko Lee some direction at training.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders' defence has been transformed from laughing stock to a league benchmark.

Rugby league

Josh Dugan's return to Canberra set to fire-up Raiders fans

Dane Tilse will celebrate his 200th NRL game against the Dragons on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth Fed-up St George Illawarra fans are calling for the heads of management and the Canberra Raiders are bracing for a backlash from Dragons players under the blowtorch after a horror start to the season.

Rugby league

Hull KR target Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington

Raiders prop David Shillington won't play the season opener despite being named in the run-on side on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra prop David Shillington could be the next Raiders star to jump ship to Hull KR, with reports emerging he could join former skipper Terry Campese at the English Super League club.