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Raiders find a new way to make a crust

USUALLY you'd expect a high school kid on his P-plates to deliver the pizza to your door. But Canberra Raiders players are giving Crust Pizza customers a welcome shock in a fantastic charity initiative. Raiders captain Terry Campese, who is a part-owner of the Belconnen franchise, centre Jarrod Croker and forward Sam Mataora were out and about this week, raising funds while also satisfying the hunger cravings of Canberrans. The Raiders have the week off with the bye and will be gunning for a 12th straight win at home when they host the struggling Parramatta Eels on Saturday night. The Terry Campese Foundation supports a range of charities in Canberra, Queanbeyan and southern NSW. Call 6239 1955 or visit

Agar a target for PM's XI

ASHTON AGAR'S fairytale Test debut has led to speculation the greatest No.11 of all time could be on his way to Canberra. Locker Room understands Cricket ACT officials would be keen to see Agar included in the Prime Minister's XI team for the day-nighter with England on January 14. Agar would be a massive drawcard in a game that is likely to attract a sellout crowd, boosted by the travelling Barmy Army. Tickets go on sale at Ticketek on Sunday.

Giant oversight?

WHILE the ACT government and the GWS Giants are keen to bring Collingwood to Canberra next year, no one has told the Magpies. When Locker Room contacted the Magpies this week, we were informed there hasn't been a proposal submitted to bring the AFL heavyweight to the national capital for the pre-season competition. Tasmania and the NT have already expressed interest, and there's also a left-field suggestion to play a game in the Middle East, given the Magpies are sponsored by Etihad Airways. But that won't happen until at least 2015. ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr was in Melbourne last Friday for talks with the AFL. An AFL spokesman said no decision would be made until the details of next year's NAB Cup competition were finalised.

Good move by Brumbies

THE BRUMBIES are splitting up their administration and rugby program. Well, temporarily anyway, as they begin the process of moving into their new home at the University of Canberra. Just a couple of weeks after the Super Rugby season, the Brumbies' players and coaching staff will move out of their Griffith headquarters and base themselves at the Australian Institute of Sport. It will be a bonus given the Brumbies will have access to facilities for all of their pre-season training and they'll be able to use all the technology at the institute. The administration side of things will move into a separate home at a location yet to be determined. The Brumbies' new base at the university is expected to be completed in February.

Demolition starts early

AS FOR the Griffith demolition, we hear Wallabies captain David Pocock started putting holes in the walls earlier than anyone expected. When Pocock - recovering from a knee reconstruction - was urged to throw a medicine ball as high as he could, medical staff didn't expect him to launch it four metres into the air and almost through the wall into an office.

Right place, right time

AS SCHOOL tours go, Canberra cricketers Mark Solway and Matt Condon have hit the jackpot. In England with the NSW combined high schools team, the promising juniors were in the crowd for Saturday night's fourth day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Based on Ashton Agar's spectacular debut, don't be shocked to see coach Darren Lehmann call up Solway or Condon for some 12th man duties before the end of the trip.


Twittersphere gets busy

YOU KNOW you've made it as an athlete when you've got your own #hashtag. This week we've seen Ashton Agar's stunning Test debut lead to #ashtag on the Twittersphere. Canberra's tennis starlet Nick Kyrgios also has his own. Tweets relating to the world No.1 junior now carry #nkrising. Fans at Locker Room certainly hope he continues to do exactly that.

Auelua kicks code into touch

FORGET Buddy Franklin, Brumbies loose forward Fotu Auelua has put his hand up to fill the marketing void Israel Folau left at Greater Western Sydney. Folau decided he didn't want the AFL's millions last year and has spent the year playing rugby union. And Auelua is willing to step in where the former NRL star left off. As he walked into what was meant to be a press conference announcing a one-year extension with the Brumbies, Auelua instead dropped the bombshell he was switching codes. Apparently he has a mean drop punt.

McCabe braces himself for another recovery

LOCKER ROOM had to feel for Pat McCabe as the Brumbies had their team photo taken earlier this week.

McCabe has broken his neck for a second time in seven months and is out for the rest of the year.

The 25-year-old Wallaby of 20 Test caps is in a neck brace for at least six weeks, but he snuck it off for the official photo.

He was cautious not to move around too much as he took his seat in the front row, but it must have felt strange after spending almost 24 hours a day in the brace for the past three weeks. McCabe first broke his neck while playing for the Wallabies on the spring tour last year. His comeback has been hampered by hamstring and knee injuries, but he was still picked to play for the Wallabies against the British and Irish Lions. That lasted just one Test when he copped a knock on his neck and the same fracture from seven months ago happened again.

Hopefully McCabe's injury nightmare is over.

Remarkably, just a couple of days after finding out he'd broken his neck again and with his career in the balance, McCabe was sitting university exams for his law-finance degree.