Canberra Raiders

Ferguson has 'served his time': Stuart

Chris Wilson, Michael Carayannis 8:00 PM   Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart stands by the club's "courageous decision" to sack Blake Ferguson, but says the troubled star has "served his time" and predicted he could return to the NRL better than ever in 2015.

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Soliola models himself on Raiders legend Wiki

Canberra Raiders recruit Sia Soliola

Chris Wilson 8:00 PM   He idolised Ruben Wiki, now Sia Soliola is modelling himself on the Raiders legend as he returns to the NRL with Canberra.

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Turning back on marquee players is madness

Chris Wilson headshot

Chris Wilson   Putting a cap of marquee on import players would be professional suicide for the ACT Brumbies.

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Croker has Campese's confidence as captain

New Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker.

Chris Wilson   Departing Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese has endorsed good mate Jarrod Croker as the club's new skipper, encouraging him to lead with confidence despite being the youngest captain in the club's history.

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Croker appointed 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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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. 


Sunday Bloody Sunday for Raiders

The Raiders first home game next year will be against the Warriors in round two on a Sunday night

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

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Raiders set for return to spiritual home

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 the February 21 trial against Newcastle. About $1.1 million of government and council funding has been devoted to bringing the dated facility up to scratch, including a playing surface upgrade, new irrigation system, electronic scoreboard, replacement grandstand seating and amenities. Work is on track to be finished by mid-February, in time for the trial which the Raiders hope will attract a crowd of about 10,000. Overall hopes the upgrades would result in it hosting a fully-fledged Raiders game eventually. "Absolutely. Of course that's up to the Raiders, but we'll certainly be pushing for that," Overall said. "We know they've got constraints, but maybe it could be scheduled one day with full TV coverage." Stuart said the trial was part of his goal to drum the history of the club into the current squad. "I think it's very important for the players to understand our history and what's gone before them," Stuart said. "It just brings back so many great memories. This is where I started, this is where the club started."


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 meet a deadline to respond to their lucrative contract offer. 

Raiders take Waerea-Hargreaves deal off table

No talks: The Raiders have taken a multi-year contract for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves off the table.

Lee Gaskin   The Canberra Raiders have pulled a lucrative multi-year deal off the table for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

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Campese craves team environment

Terry Campese, training with Queanbeyan CrossFit.

Chris Wilson   Former Raiders skipper Terry Campese misses the team environment, but he's found a fitness craze to fill the void.


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. 

Nu'uausala not seeking vengeance against Roosters brotherhood

Frank-Paul Nu'uasala.

Chris Wilson   Canberra Raiders recruit Frank-Paul Nu'uausala has been hurt by his release from his "brotherhood" at the Sydney Roosters.

Warea-Hargreaves spotted in Canberra

Roosters star Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was spotted in Canberra on Saturday.

Chris Wilson   The Canberra Raiders are closing in on their biggest recruitment target in years, with Sydney Roosters prop Jared Warea-Hargreaves spotted in Canberra on the weekend and weighing-up a multi-year deal in the nation's capital.


Loyalty gives Croker edge as Raiders skipper, says 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 commitment to the club's rebuild. 

Stuart on lookout for a new captain

Terry Campese and Ricky Stuart.

Chris Wilson   Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says he's "watching daily" as he assesses who he appoints as the club's new captain in 2015.

Campese's legacy not tarnished: Tongue


Chris Wilson   It was a "sad" end, but former Raiders skipper Alan Tongue says Terry Campese leaves a wonderful legacy for the Canberra club and should be remembered by fans that way.

Campese prepared to go to Hull and back

End to stand-off: Terry Campese.

Chris Wilson   Raiders captain Terry Campese has found a career lifeline, finally severing ties with Canberra to sign a one-year deal in England.

Raiders not backing down in recruitment war after signing Roosters prop

Frank-Paul Nu'uausala in action for the Sydney Roosters at the World Club Challenge.

Chris Wilson   Raiders coach Ricky Stuart vows to continue his aggressive recruitment campaign after signing a premiership-winning prop.

Raiders have strike power to avoid spoon: Croker

Chris Wilson   Raiders centre Jarrod Croker has revealed he hobbled through his best NRL season as Canberra aims to beat wooden spoon odds.