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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Josh Papalii back for Canberra Raiders, Joel Edwards rested

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders representative star Josh Papalii has been named to make his comeback from injury in a major boost before Saturday afternoon's crucial home clash with Newcastle Knights.


Canberra Raiders slump to record sixth straight NRL home loss against Newcastle Knights

Kinghts players celebrate a try against the Raiders.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have crashed to a record sixth straight home defeat.

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Raiders loss fails to dampen Stuart's mood

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington is in doubt for the start of the NRL season after suffering a rib cartilage injury in Saturday's 34-14 trial loss to Newcastle in Tamworth.

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NRL: Raider Anthony Milford serves critics dose of humble pie

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08:  Anthony Milford of the Raiders runs the ball during the round one NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders at 1300SMILES Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Anthony Milford used suggestions he wouldn't play with commitment this season as motivation on Saturday.


Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has five-eighth plans for Jack Wighton

Canberra Raider Jack Wighton

Jon Tuxworth Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has declared he's in for the long haul to develop Jack Wighton.

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Canberra Raiders and Newcastle prepare for tough game

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.

Jon Tuxworth Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has squared off with Wayne Bennett often enough to know his teams thrive on adversity. 


What we learned: Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights

Triumph: Jarrod Croker of the Raiders celebrates a try with teammate and former Knights player Joel Edwards, no.12.

Jon Tuxworth All the talking points from the round two clash between Canberra and Newcastle.


Canberra Raiders unseat Newcastle Knights but lose Josh Papalii to injury

Raiders fullback Anthony Milford was at his dazzling best against the Knights.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra’s opening win of the year, and Ricky Stuart’s first as Raiders coach, may have come at a huge cost.

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McCrone gets boost from Ricky's Origin backing

Raiders hooker Josh McCrone.

Jon Tuxworth Josh McCrone has revealed just how close his new coach came to handing him a shock NSW Origin debut. 

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Daley keeps McCrone on radar for Blues' utility role

Josh McCrone

Jon Tuxworth NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley has no qualms thrusting Josh McCrone into the Blues' utility bench role, declaring his chances won't be harmed if he doesn't spend time at hooker with Canberra.

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Cronk could be a benchmark for promising McCrone

Jon Tuxworth Raiders playmaker Josh McCrone can emulate Queensland star Cooper Cronk and ease his way into the Origin cauldron from the bench, according to Canberra prop David Shillington.


McCrone could follow Cronk's lead off bench

Josh McCrone

Jon Tuxworth CANBERRA prop David Shillington believes Josh McCrone can emulate Queensland star Cooper Cronk and ease his way into the Origin cauldron from the bench.

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Wighton tackle adds salt to Raiders' loss

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31:  Joel Thompson (R) of the Raiders breaks through Knights defence during the round four NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canberra Raiders at Hunter Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth A bruised and battered Canberra is furious Newcastle’s Akuila Uate escaped punishment for tackling Jack Wighton in the air after the Raiders winger hurt his wrist in Sunday night’s 28-12 loss at...

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Versatile Gidley has no fear of warming the bench

SPORT: Australia v New Zealand test match. Kurt Gidley outside the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. 15th April 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Jon Tuxworth The last player to wear the green and gold No.14 jersey in an Anzac Test spent 80 minutes chained to the bench.

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Wighton takes points in showdown with Jennings

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  Jack Wighton of Country is tackled during the Origin match between City and Country at BCU International Stadium on April 21, 2013 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Raider Jack Wighton outpointed Michael Jennings for the second time in three weeks during Country's 18-12 win over City.


Daley backs Raiders rookie

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16:  Jack Wighton runs with the ball during a Country Origin training session at Moore Park on April 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth NSW ORIGIN coach Laurie Daley has endorsed Canberra Raiders rookie Jack Wighton as a ''project player'' capable of being a future Blues mainstay.


Young Raider turns heads with second Jennings domination

Jack Wighton

Jon Tuxworth Asking a 20-year-old, with 15 NRL games to his name, to mark an incumbent NSW centre seems tough. But Jack Wighton is no ordinary youngster. Just ask his Raiders teammate Josh McCrone.

Firing Ferguson feared career was over

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12:  Blake Ferguson of the Raiders scores a try during the round nine NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium on May 12, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Canberra star Blake Ferguson feared his NRL career was over after his rooftop drinking binge with Josh Dugan.

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Gallen right to pick fight: White

State Of Origin player Brett White confronts media waiting outside the blues hotel in Homebush the day after their defeat. Thursday 27th May 2009. Pic by James Brickwood. SMH SPORT 100527 SPECIAL 00000000

Jon Tuxworth Former NSW prop Brett White remembers his 2009 punch-up with Steve Price as a line-in-the sand against bullying by the Maroons.


McCrone ready for rake-over

Jon Tuxworth Josh McCrone wants Stuart to make a call on whether he will move to hooker permanently.