Canberra Raiders

Daryl Halligan anoints sharpshooter Croker one of game's best

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Former Canterbury sharpshooter Daryl Halligan says there's a struck match between Jarrod Croker and James Maloney when debating the NRL's best goalkicker, but has no doubt the current crop easily has his era covered. 

The Who Cares? Cup: Raiders and Eels face off


Kyle Mackey-Laws   There's one game this round that trumps the rest. There's even a trophy on offer: The Who Cares? Cup.

Pickers prove there's more to life than football

Family ties: Joe Picker shears one of hundreds of sheep on the family farm.

Jon Tuxworth   Just south of the tiny town of Bigga is a rustic shearing shed where Joe Picker would prefer to be each September than playing in the NRL finals. 

Stats show Raiders slowly building towards positive future

Raiders halfback Sam Williams crosses for a try in his side's win against Penrith last Monday night.

Lee Gaskin   Here are the stats which prove the Canberra Raiders are a far improved team from last year.

Raiders feel the need for speed as NRL shot clock comes early

Jarrod Croker after the loss to the Sharks on Saturday.

Kyle Mackey-Laws   Jarrod Croker expects one of the fastest matches of the year in the last round of the season.

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'I heard a bit of a crack or slap': Austin to undergo surgery on Thursday

Blake Austin leaves the field on Monday after injuring his shoulder.

Kyle Mackey-Laws   Blake Austin will go under the knife to fix a posterior labral tear to his right shoulder.

Rugby league

Canberra Raiders lose Austin, Wighton for Parramatta finale

Jack Wighton was slapped with a grade two careless high tackle charge for his hit on Jamie Soward.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton's season may be over a week early after he was slapped with a grade two careless high tackle charge for his hit which forced Penrith's Jamie Soward off the field with concussion on Monday. 

Rugby league

Mitch Cornish gets golden chance to impress Parramatta powerbrokers

Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish has attracted interest from Parramatta and Wakefield in the UK.

Jon Tuxworth   Mitch Cornish will get a perfect chance to try to impress the club which are looking at throwing him a lifeline.

Austin, Aidan Sezer to forge long-term Raiders halves partnership

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NRL round 2 the Canberra Raiders vs the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium, Bruce. Five-eighth Blake Austin of the Canberra Raiders.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has extended his contract until the end of 2018. 

Raiders end horror home run with rout of Panthers

Blake Austin and Jack Wighton are both set to miss next week's game.

Jon Tuxworth   Serious shoulder injury spoils Blake Austin's re-signing party in Raiders' 34-18 win over Panthers.

Live: Raiders v Panthers

Doing battle: Raiders captain Jarrod Croker and soon-to-be-retired Panther David Simmons.

David Sygall   Follow the action as the Raiders and Panthers battle for pride in NRL Monday night football.

Raiders left to rue close encounters

Raiders captain Jarrod Croker says the club's close losses have been the difference in their season.

Steve Zemek   Canberra are on the cusp of writing themselves into the NRL record books for the wrong reason, but claim it's proof a top-four finish is achievable next year.

Stuart implores Raiders to trash rubbish performances

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says his players must lift to send out their departing teammates with a win against the Penrith Panthers on Monday night.

Jon Tuxworth   The Canberra Raiders won't tolerate more late-season mediocrity in Monday night's final home game of the season against the Penrith Panthers.

Rugby league

Furner hails Shillington as the Raiders' best recruit in 20 years

Great buy: Canberra Raiders boss Don Furner has hailed David Shillington as the club's best recruit in the past 20 years.

Lee Gaskin   Raiders boss Don Furner has hailed departing prop David Shillington as the club's best recruit in the past 20 years.

Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington ready for home swangsong

Good memories: Departing Canberra Raiders forward David Shillington.

Jon Tuxworth   David Shillington had two options - finish his Canberra Raiders career languishing in reserve grade or "fight like hell".

Hodgson hoping Hull KR can break 35-year cup drought

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson hopes his old club Hull KR can win the Challenge Cup in England this weekend.

Lee Gaskin   Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson will have one eye on the Challenge Cup as his old club Hull KR attempts to win it.

Lee cousins to play together for the first time at Raiders

Canberra Raiders players and cousins Edrick Lee, left, and Brenko Lee will play together for the first time in the NRL.

Kyle Mackey-Laws   They spent their childhood years running around together in the backyard, but Canberra Raiders cousins Edrick and Brenko Lee will finally play together for the first time when the side takes on Penrith Panthers at Canberra Stadium on Monday.

Raiders players desperate to send departing players out on a high

Canberra Raider Sisa Waqa at the launch of Touch Football Australia's "It all starts here" in conjunction with the 2015 Silent Sports Challenge, at Reconciliation Place on Tuesday. Waqa places ear plugs into his ears to simulate a hearing impaired player.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders outside back Sisa Waqa has put to bed rumours he wants out of the club to join French rugby, adamant he will honour the final season of his two year deal in 2016. 

Furner slams rebel league talk

Raiders boss Don Furner.

Kyle Mackey-Laws   Canberra Raiders boss Don Furner has slammed reports clubs have discussed the potential of a breakaway competition.

Home win should be main motivation for Raiders, insists Tongue

David Shillington wants to leave the Raiders with a home win.

Jon Tuxworth    The Canberra Raiders want to send David Shillington out a winner against Penrith on Monday night.