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Toyota Cup trial spell for captain's challenge

Brad Walter CAPTAINS will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season – as long as those challenges are proved correct.


Warriors take out round one of Toyota Cup stoush

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Toka Likiliki of the Junior Warriors in action during the Toyota Cup round 26 match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin The Canberra Raiders' under-20s lost the first battle, but they will hope to win their Toyota Cup war with the New Zealand Warriors.

Sheens’s name thrown into mix at Warriors

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Sin Bin: Sydney Roosters assistant Matthew Elliott, former Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney and Canberra deputy Justin Morgan are understood to be on a shortlist for the Warriors job, but a decision...

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

Roy Masters dinkus

Roy Masters 'They obviously want an all-Sydney club grand final,'' one NRL club official texted immediately after the Sea Eagles' controversial victory against the Cowboys a week ago.

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Reality check for young Raiders

Canberra Raiders v Warriors at Canberra Stadium. Toyota Cup Qualifying Final 2. 
Warriors player, Trent Bishop is tackled  by Raiders player, Uiti Baker.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Toyota Cup coach Andrew Dunemann believes his side's ''ugly'' implosion against Canterbury a month ago could be the defining moment which propels the Raiders to the premiership.

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Papalii a Kiwi, and here's the evidence

Josh Papalii playing for the Queensland Under 18s in 2010

Jon Tuxworth This is the document which proves Josh Papalii's long-term ambition to play for New Zealand.


Papalii helping Milford find feet in Canberra

Anthony Milford at Raiders HQ.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra whiz kid Anthony Milford was once so crippled by homesickness, he seriously considered heading back to Brisbane.


Proud history to live up to

Under 20s halfback Mitch Cornish.

Jon Tuxworth A photograph of Canberra's 2008 Toyota Cup premiership side hangs proudly in the office of Raiders development officer David Hamilton.


Keep Sam at any cost: Kimmorley

Sam Williams

Jon Tuxworth BRETT KIMMORLEY has urged Canberra to move heaven and earth to re-sign Sam Williams, insisting his emergence has ended the Raiders' decade-long halfback search.


Raiders young guns demolish Dragons

Mitchell Cornish

Jon Tuxworth EDRICK LEE enhanced his growing cult figure status with a fine display in Canberra's 44-16 preliminary final demolition of St George Illawarra yesterday.


Kiwi Papalii set to ditch New Zealand

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22:  John Papalii of the Raiders makes a break during the round 20 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Canberra Raiders at Toyota Stadium on July 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Queensland has firmed as favourite to beat New Zealand in their battle over Josh Papalii, with the Canberra Raiders star tipped to pledge his allegiance to the Maroons by as soon as Monday.

Widdop lives dream in shadow of greats

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Gareth Widdop of the Storm passes the ball during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Manly Sea Eagles at AAMI Park on September 21, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Glenn Jackson Gareth Widdop states it rather matter-of-factly, recalling his first grand final in the flesh, before realising what he was saying.

Canterbury exploring all options to keep promising pups on the leash

Josh Jackson

Michael Chammas ONLY the most ardent Canterbury fans stop these two rookie Bulldogs in the street and, regardless of whether they are victorious on Sunday, that will soon change.

Purse strings could tie Sheens to Tigers

Tim Sheens

Brad Walter SALARY cap problems and a shortage of money to pay out coach Tim Sheens have left Wests Tigers' preparations for 2013 in limbo.


Payten's past has no place in plan to punt his old team

Todd Payten

Jon Tuxworth Former Canberra player Todd Payten is plotting to bring down the Raiders in Sunday's under-20s grand final, but the rookie coach has criticised the manner in which Tim Sheens's messy departure has...


Raiders' future in safe hands

26 September 2012.  Journalist Jon Tuxworth.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  Canberra Raiders U-20's player Edrick Lee at Raiders HQ.

Jon Tuxworth Meet the Toyota Cup grand final players who'll become first grade stars


Bradley brothers reach the big stage

Joe Bradley.

Jon Tuxworth He's preparing for a brutal football battle tomorrow, but Canberra Toyota Cup star Joe Bradley insists his courage pales in comparison to his dancer brother Tom.


Canberra's Cropper out to avoid repeat

Australian Schoolboys player Jeremy Cropper in action against England Schoolboys.

Jon Tuxworth Wests Tigers have already won a title at his expense this season, and Canberra Toyota Cup forward Jeremy Cropper is determined not to re-live that heartbreak tomorrow.


Make it count: Fensom's advice to club juniors

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 05: Shaun Fensom of the Raiders holds aloft the winners trophy after winning the Under 20's Toyota Cup Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on October 5, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth CANBERRA star Shaun Fensom has urged the Raiders Toyota Cup side to treat today's grand final as their sole career opportunity to win a premiership.


Memory of crunch will fire up Raiders

Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Picture: Wests Tigers
Marika Koroibete

Jon Tuxworth CANBERRA'S Toyota Cup side hasn't forgotten the awful memory of Raiders player Josh Mitchell leaving Canberra Stadium in a neck brace.