Sticky selections: 2000 games of depth leave Canberra rivals in dust

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 19, 2021, 02:19:43 PM
The worst injury crisis of Ricky Stuart's coaching career has helped establish one of the strongest forward rotations in recent memory.

Canberra will boast more than 2000 games of top-flight experience across 14 forwards in 2021, a figure none of their 15 NRL rivals come close to matching.

The returns of Josh Hodgson (ACL), Corey Horsburgh (foot), Emre Guler (ankle) and signing of Titans veteran Ryan James make for fierce competition in Stuart's starting 17 this season.


2021 Tarsha Gale Cup squad finalised

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 19, 2021, 11:01:52 AM
The Canberra Raiders have finalised their 2021 Tarsha Gale Cup squad ahead of the upcoming season.

The squads for Harold Matthews Cup and S.G. Ball Cup will be finalised in the upcoming weeks.

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Raiders down two but far from out of title fight: CNK

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 18, 2021, 03:24:52 PM
Canberra may have lost a couple of marquee men but fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad believes their premiership window remains firmly open.

The departures of John Bateman, who has returned home to England to play for Wigan, and Bulldogs recruit Nick Cotric have depleted the Raiders of two strike weapons heading into season 2021.

However, after bowing out in a preliminary final against eventual premiers Melbourne last year, Nicoll-Klokstad is confident Canberra are still capable of going all the way.

"We've had that little period to prepare for [Bateman and Cotric's exits]. The players that are coming in to take over those two great players, they're great players in themselves as well," he said.

"Whether they be cemented NRL players or they haven't really had a shot at it yet. We've got a really good system at the moment where we've got really great young kids coming through.


Fan vote: Who is the best player over 30?

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 18, 2021, 09:00:47 AM
Rugby league players may be fitter, faster and stronger than ever before but while the NRL's young guns can produce the highlights they can't match the experience of the league's best veteran stars.

With premiership-winning Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith still uncontracted we've left him off the list of the game's top 10 players over 30 – now it's time for you to vote for the best.

With a host of big names who have stood up on the big stage at club and representative level, the competition was fierce to make this 10-man shortlist, with honourable mentions going to the likes of Jake Friend, Josh Jackson, Andrew McCullough, Mitchell Pearce, Jordan Rapana and Josh McGuire.


Sam's still a first g-Raider: Williams answers mate's call for NCG

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 16, 2021, 08:21:58 PM
It is not every weekend in the off-season Canberra Raiders playmaker Sam Williams gets to live out his summer passion: cricket. However, the stars aligned on Saturday as Williams made his debut for North Canberra-Gungahlin's first grade side against Weston Creek Molonglo, alongside good mate Lachlan Whatmough at Keith Tournier Memorial Oval. It was Williams' first appearance in ACT Premier Cricket since 2019, where he turned out for ANU. "Basically, the reason why you play sport most the time is because you have got mates playing and you enjoy the game," Williams said.  "I had a good mate in this side [Whatmough] and he gave me a buzz in the last week seeing if I was interested in having a game.


Starting 2021 right

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 15, 2021, 04:43:16 PM
Papalii to fight dual title winner

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 15, 2021, 03:24:41 PM
Ben Hannant wants to teach his eight kids things in life will scare them but they have what it takes to overcome those obstacles. That's why the two-time NRL premiership winner is preparing to fill a massive void and step into the ring against Canberra Raiders wrecking ball Josh Papalii on February 12. The pair of heavyweights will collide on the All Stars Rugby League fight night at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. Papalii was originally slated to face Melbourne Storm giant Nelson Asofa Solomona but he was drafted back to pre-season training after struggling to get his weight under control. Now Hannant will step up to the task against a 28-year-old determined to make his chance count after chasing a boxing fight for the past three years.


Bulked up Bailey buzzing for backline return

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 15, 2021, 01:44:00 PM
While his teammates cobbled together an impressive preliminary final charge last season, Bailey Simonsson was reduced to running eternal laps at Raiders headquarters. It's all he could do as he recovered from shoulder surgery, but Simonsson is starting to see the fruits of his endless labour now 2020 has been banished to the rear-view mirror. And he's never been fitter. Simonsson used the frustration of season-ending shoulder surgery last year to bulk up to 98kg, and he can't wait to inject his shredded frame back into Canberra's backline this year. "Through the rehab I just spent a lot of time in the gym, working on that strength throughout my shoulder and through my back," Simonsson said.


Pick your Indigenous and Maori All Stars team

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 14, 2021, 01:46:45 PM
Want to win an official Indigenous or Maori All Stars Jersey signed by all the Players? All you have to do is vote for your Harvey Norman Indigenous and Maori All Stars team and you could win.

One lucky entrant who selects their team will be in with a chance to win:

Major prize:

  • 1 x JBL Party Box 300
  • 1 x signed jersey
Minor Prize:

  • 4 lucky entrants who select their team will be in with a chance to win:
  • 1 x signed jersey
  • 1 x $50 Harvey Norman gift card
Entries close midnight (AEDT) on Friday, January 22. View the full competition terms and conditions on the website.

Using the NRL app? Visit the website to vote.


Raiders 2021 NRL Fantasy guide

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Posted By: Raidercast
January 14, 2021, 10:07:24 AM
Fantasy star John Bateman may have departed but there's still a lot to like about this Canberra side.

Bateman's old position is up for grabs and a new rule change is set to boost one of the game's best attacking weapons.

Players to watch Josh Papalii A 54-point average made Papalii a top-five front-rower in Fantasy last season, and he remains a keeper option even with the addition of star locks like Jason Taumalolo in the new "middle forward" position.


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