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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

League

Papalii prepares for return bout with Sharks

Jon Tuxworth Josh Papalii admits he was rattled by the ''media cloud'' after last year's spiteful finals battle.

League

Shillington is 'built for Origin'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13:  David Shillington of the Maroons is tackled during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 13, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Queensland Origin legend Petero Civoniceva has endorsed David Shillington fill his vacant starting spot.

Papalii can add grunt to Maroons

Sport.  Canberra Raiders player Josh Papalii during the Raiders Captain's Run at Canberra Stadium.  9 June 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra coach David Furner believes Josh Papalii's maturity and big-game mentality has him well equipped to absorb the hype surrounding a potential rematch with Paul Gallen in State of Origin II.

League

Civoniceva backs Shillington to rise

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16:  David Shillington of the Maroons watches on from the sideline during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Xavier College on May 16, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth He's been dumped to Canberra's bench and was quiet for the Maroons, but Petero Civoniceva has faith in David Shillington.

League

Shillo to prove Origin axing wrong

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders have backed dumped Maroons prop David Shillington to rebound from his Origin axing.

Shillington tipped to grab Tigers by the tail

David Shillington

Jon Tuxworth Canberra have backed dumped Maroon David Shillington to use his snub as motivation to ''prove people wrong'' against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown on Saturday night.

Rugby League

Injury no excuse for taking drugs, Civoniceva says

Sport
Raiders captains run at Canberra Stadium.

Jon Tuxworth NRL great Petero Civoniceva hopes the Sandor Earl drugs scandal is the catalyst that cleans up the sport, and insists that injury is no excuse for taking short cuts.

Rugby League

Show respect, Mundine urges Ferguson

Blake Ferguson (R) arrives with Anthony Mundine (L) at Waverley Court on July 16, 2013.

Jon Tuxworth Anthony Mundine has implored Blake Ferguson to face the music and appear before the Canberra Raiders board this week.

League

Confront them head-on: Furner

Furner

Jon Tuxworth IT'S A daunting prospect for any youngster - locking horns with Queensland Origin stars Sam Thaiday, Petero Civoniceva and Ben Hannant.

League

Tilse could miss first-born's arrival to help Raiders win

Dane Tilse.

Jon Tuxworth He's excitedly awaiting the biggest moment of his life, but Dane Tilse is willing to risk not being there for his firstborn child's arrival so he can help the Raiders keep their season alive at...

League

Learoyd-Lahrs a country boy

17 February 2012, sport, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. The Canberra Raiders train at the club's headquarters in Bruce. An injured Tom Learoyd-Lahrs sits out the session.

Jon Tuxworth On paper, it's the perfect chance for Canberra Raiders enforcer Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to breathe new life into his State of Origin hopes.

Civoniceva favoured, but Shillington to play every Origin like it's his last

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: David Shillington of the Maroons (L) rushes to congratulate Nate Myles after he scored during game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth AS A young bull, David Shillington religiously pored over footage of Petero Civoniceva to help take his game to the next level.

League

Shillington's series inspiration

Canberra Raiders v Parramatta at Canberra Stadium.   Raiders player, David Shillington is tackled by Eels player, Casey McGuire.

Jon Tuxworth As a young bull, David Shillington religiously pored through footage of Petero Civoniceva to help take his game to the next level.

Dugan no longer No.1 following booze ban

Josh Dugan

Jon Tuxworth, Michael Chammas INJURED Canberra five-eighth Terry Campese insists Josh Dugan can't be expected to single-handedly save their season after his switch from fullback to the No.