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Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #60 May 29, 2013, 10:17:39 PM
I'm backing Blake

CANBERRA Raiders back Jack Wighton has thrown his support behind the selection of Blake Ferguson in the NSW State of Origin side, adding the Wellington product has the ability to blow Queensland off the park.

Wighton was in Orange yesterday to help promote the Peachey Shield at Brendon Sturgeon Oval, a rugby league carnival for primary schools in the Central West.

An Orange junior, Wighton got his first taste of representative football this year with the Indigenous All Stars and the Country Origin side and believes Ferguson will provide the X-factor in the Blues backs for game one.

“I think he’s going to kill it,” Wighton said looking ahead to State of Origin one next Wednesday.

“He’s a freakish talent and, as everyone’s noticed, he’s come a long way this year. I think he’s going to kill it.”

Like Wighton did this season, Ferguson has previously represented in both the Indigenous and Country sides before graduating into the Blues line-up for his State of Origin debut at ANZ Stadium next week.

Earmarked by Blues coach Laurie Daley as a Blues star in the making, Wighton was hopeful of one day joining his Raiders teammate in blue.

“I always look up to Fergie and try to follow in his footsteps in certain ways. Hopefully in the next few years I can maybe keep following and get to where he is going,” he said.

A big hit with the kids yesterday at Orange, Wighton is a former star of the Peachey Shield, having played with both Bowen and Orange Public Schools at the event.

With the Raiders enjoying the bye this weekend, the former CYMS and Bloomfield junior said the chance to give back to the wider Orange rugby league community was too good to refuse.

“When I played Brad Donald and a few of the Raiders boys came out and I loved it,” he said.

“That’s why I love coming out and playing around, mucking around with the kids and doing stuff like this. It’s good to get out and about.”

Hot one week and cold the next, the enigmatic Raiders recorded big victories over the Storm and Knights before losses to the Sharks and Manly slid the Green Machine back down to 11th on the NRL ladder.

Wighton, though, was confident Canberra can regroup after the bye and bounce back against the Broncos at Canberra Stadium on Monday, June 10.

“We’ve got a good team,” he said.

“Sandor (Earl), Eddie (Lee), Fergo, (Jarrod) Croker ... we’ve got a lot of outside backs ready to play but I think the goal is to just try and be consistent for the rest of the year.

“We’re not going to bad. I think we’ve got a good set up and we’ll have a good run.”

Source: http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/1532614/im-backing-blake/?cs=102

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #61 June 22, 2013, 04:16:26 PM
Wighton gets skipper's nod for Ferguson

Canberra skipper Terry Campese has backed youngster Jack Wighton as the ideal replacement for Blake Ferguson at centre, claiming the 20-year-old would also be capable of taking over in Origin.

Wighton has been Canberra's Mr Fix-It this season, having played wing and centre on both sides of the field.

Campese said the rookie had proven he could be more than a stop-gap measure at centre for the Raiders, and said the former Junior Australian Kangaroos representative could already handle a call-up to the NSW Blues.

''His performances have been outstanding and if another person went down in Origin, I think he could even put his hand up to be in that spot,'' said Campese, who played Origin in 2008.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/wighton-gets-skippers-nod-for-ferguson-20130621-2oom4.html#ixzz2WvI8QcUI

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #62 July 01, 2013, 05:17:59 PM
Jack Wighton has had scans on his injured groin and said he remains hopeful it won't be a long term injury.

Watch video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/78402

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #63 July 01, 2013, 05:19:27 PM
Wighton hopes to play Cowboys

Canberra's 'Mr Fix it' Jack Wighton is optimistic he'll overcome a groin niggle to help his injury-riddled NRL side bounce back from two straight losses when they host North Queensland on Sunday.

The promising 20-year-old has filled in at left and right wing plus left and right centre this year to become a valuable linchpin for the 11th-placed side.

Scans on Monday came back showing no signs of major damage.

"It's still a little bit sore, but we'll see how the rest of the week goes. I'm hopeful," Wighton said.

"It just feels a bit tight and a bit tender, but we only had the game two days ago."

It's positive news for the Raiders, who are already without outside fullback Josh Dugan (sacked), centre Blake Ferguson (suspended indefinitely), and wingers Edrick Lee (broken arm) and Sandor Earl (dislocated elbow).

Replacement winger Sami Sauiluma has also been placed on report for a shoulder charge in the first half of Friday night's 32-2 loss to South Sydney.

While the Raiders are desperate for a win following back-to-back away losses to Wests Tigers and the Rabbitohs, Wighton stressed he'll still be erring on the side of caution.

"I'm very keen to play and help the team, but you've also got to be smart, because there's still eight games after the (round 18) bye to go," he said.

"At Mounties, we've got a lot of talent coming through, so the spots are going to be filled pretty easily because there's so much talent there."

That talent isn't confined to the Mounties, with the Raiders signing former Gold Coast winger Jordan Rapana and Warriors back Bill Tupou last week.

The Raiders' injury woes are also taking their toll on the forward pack, with news that prop Dane Tilse is in doubt to play the Cowboys after suffering a grade-one medial ligament strain against the Rabbitohs.

Tilse's injury would be a huge blow for the Raiders' momentum against the big Cowboys pack, as representative props Brett White (eye socket) and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (foot) are already nursing injuries from the sidelines.

Source: http://au.rd.yahoo.com/sport/rss/rugbyleague/*http%3A//au.sports.yahoo.com/league/news/article/-/17822950/raiders-wighton-hopes-to-play-cowboys/

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #64 July 16, 2013, 01:36:09 AM
Raiders won't rush Wighton

Blake Ferguson is due in court on Tuesday, but it won’t stop the Canberra Raiders from adopting a cautious approach with injured understudy Jack Wighton after ruling him out of Saturday’s clash with Parramatta.

Wighton has ably filled Ferguson’s shoes at centre, but he is still nursing an adductor injury he suffered against South Sydney three weeks ago.

The Raiders won’t rush his return to prevent any chance of the 20-year-old developing into the debilitating osteitis pubis.

Fairfax Media understands he is also unlikely to play against St George Illawarra next week, a blow to a Raiders side whose outside back depth is at breaking point.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/raiders-wont-rush-wighton-20130715-2q08d.html#ixzz2Z82kez6C

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: Archie
Reply #65 August 07, 2013, 08:24:44 PM
Wighton reveals his training diet

To withstand the physical contact in the NRL it is important that rugby league players maintain and build muscle mass and strength.

Mass Gain for rugby league is best achieved through a quality training regime plus a specialized sports nutrition program. Mass gains require your calorie intake to be greater than the energy you use. AIS recommends that players wishing to increase muscle mass consume an extra 2000-4000 kilojoules each day. Extra kilojoules should be provided by a combination of protein and carbohydrates in order to supply glycogen to muscles for fuel and to help repair and grow muscle tissue.

While a balanced diet that focuses on nutrient-dense sources of carbohydrate, lean protein and smaller amounts of fat is recommended players performing at the top level require the addition of quality sports supplements to recover faster between intense training sessions and prepare for the weekly games.

Here, young centre/winger Jack Wighton from the Canberra Raiders reveals what a day of eating for mass gains looks like. Jack is currently around 92-94kg and is aiming to get to 96-98kg by the end of the year.


(At least 2 hours before training)
8 Weetbix with
60g Vitalstrength Rapid Bulk Gain Protein mixed with 250ml low fat milk
1 scoop (11g) Biolic5 Recovery in desired amount of water.


15g Vitalstrength 16:00 NITROXL Pre-workout in desired amount of water


If less than 1 hour- Vitalstrength Amino Betadex or water
If 1 hour or more Powerade-500/600ml


(within 30 mins)
Vitalstrength Rapid 60g in 400ml skim milk
2 x K-time bars


(within 2 hours after training)
Pasta, white, 1.5 cup with tomato based sauce 0.25 cup
Mixed vegetables, 1.5 cup
Cheese, cheddar low fat, 1.4 cup
1 banana
250ml Juice


(within 3 hours after meal)
200g Greek yoghurt with 2 tbs honey


(within 3 hours of last meal)
3-4 times per week 90g lean chicken breast, baked
Rice brown, 1 cup
Sweet potato, ½ cup
Mixed vegetables 1 cup
Olive oil, pure butter, 1 tbs
1 piece fruit


(within 3 hours of dinner)
Glass of low fat milk
Muesli bar
1 piece fruit

Source: http://www.vitalstrengthblog.com.au/mass-gain-for-rugby-league/

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: Archie
Reply #66 August 17, 2013, 07:53:56 PM

Another week, another Canberra Raiders outside back injured. This time it was Jack Wighton, whose season is over after he broke his right tibia in the first half. The upside is no trampolines were involved in this mishap after he missed much of last year with a toe injury. It is the last thing the Raiders need with winger Edrick Lee (broken arm) still two weeks from a return. Star centre Blake Ferguson was a late withdrawal with a minor quad tear, and Canberra will be desperate for him to prove his fitness for next week’s must-win home game against Manly.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/raiders-v-bulldogs--what-we-learned-20130817-2s3rz.html#ixzz2cDc7y2Hg

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: Archie
Reply #67 August 20, 2013, 03:56:51 PM
Jack Wighton has let us know that his surgery has gone well and to pass on his gratitude for all of the fantastic support he has received from all of you Raiders fans!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151844342148923andset=a.10150090146173923.298488.44722778922andtype=1

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: Archie
Reply #68 September 12, 2013, 01:46:13 AM
Facebook post wasn't mine, says Wighton

Young Canberra Raiders star Jack Wighton claims his Facebook account was hacked in the club's post-season celebrations, but the 20-year-old admits his long-term future at the club remains unclear.

Raiders fans - and even Wighton's mother - were asking questions when confronted by a recent status on Wighton's Facebook account which read: ''One more year in Canberra then the journey begins.''

The NSW Country representative is expected to be in huge demand when he comes off contract at the Raiders at the end of 2014, with speculation NRL clubs are already courting the Orange junior.

The Raiders are already fighting to retain teenage sensation Anthony Milford, while Wighton is considered another cornerstone of their future.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/facebook-post-wasnt-mine-says-wighton-20130911-2tkyb.html#ixzz2ebE8mBUv

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #69 September 18, 2013, 11:02:46 PM
Milford and Wighton are priorities for Stuart 

Stuart has immediately signalled Milford and Wighton as priority signings.

Stuart met with Wighton's manager, Paul Sutton, just one day after he agreed to take over as Canberra coach.

Wighton, who represented NSW Country this year, does not come off contract until the end of next season but NRL clubs are already lining up to talk to the 20-year-old, touted as a future NSW Origin representative because of his versatility, defence and size.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/canberra-raiders/new-raiders-coach-stuart-plans-trip-to-meet-with-milford-20130918-2tymg.html#ixzz2fFUcU3tv

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #70 October 08, 2013, 04:09:53 PM
Wighton has skills to be like Daley: Stuart

RICKY STUART played beside Laurie Daley in one of rugby league's great halves combinations, now the new Raiders coach sees a similar star in Jack Wighton.

Stuart has forecast a move to five-eighth for Wighton as the Raiders close in on an upgraded three-year deal for the 20-year-old.

Wighton remains on contract with Canberra for another season, but rival clubs are already circling one of the NRL's hottest young prospects. Stuart said the Raiders wouldn't be waiting around to let Wighton go on the open market, declaring ''we're jumping in first''.

Stuart has already stated his intentions to retain Canberra's best emerging talent, flying to Brisbane last month to meet rookie sensation Anthony Milford.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/wighton-has-skills-to-be-like-daley-stuart-20131005-2v1f7.html#ixzz2h6WLfbp2

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #71 October 17, 2013, 12:29:47 PM
Laurie and Jack: Stuart picks the Daley double

RICKY Stuart played beside Laurie Daley in one of rugby league’s great halves combinations, now the new Raiders coach sees a similar star in Jack Wighton.

Stuart has forecast a future move to five-eighth for Wighton as the Raiders close in on an upgraded three-year deal for the 20-year-old.

Wighton remains on contract with Canberra for another season, but rival clubs are already circling one of the NRL’s hottest young prospects. Stuart said the Raiders wouldn’t be waiting around to let Wighton go on the open market, declaring “we’re jumping in first’’.

Stuart has already stated his intentions to retain Canberra’s best emerging talent, flying to Brisbane last month to meet with rookie sensation Anthony Milford. Stuart had lunch with Wighton in Canberra on Wednesday, having already talked with his manager Paul Sutton in the first week of being appointed Raiders coach.

Raiders chief executive Don Furner is working through details of a three-year offer, which would mean Wighton remains at the Raiders until the end of 2016.

Wighton began his NRL career on the wing in 2012 and was seen as the obvious centre replacement for Blake Ferguson, sacked by the Raiders this year.

But Stuart said he was keen to get the NSW Country representative centre even closer to the action.

Stuart compared the Orange junior to Daley, who won three premierships with the Raiders and captained both his state and country.

“At some stage I’m looking at Jack playing five-eighth, he reminds me of a Laurie Daley-style player, he’s a running six,’’ Stuart said.

“The more times he gets the football in his hands, the better football team we’re going to have.

“It’s a really important thing for me to keep our young talent, you can’t be successful if you keep losing them. I see players like Jack Wighton as the future of the club ... and I just love his competitiveness.’’

Still a month from his first pre-season as Raiders coach, Stuart was reluctant to detail his positional plans for players. But it’s understood Raiders skipper Terry Campese could be used in a first-receiver halfback role to steer the team around the park.

Milford and Josh McCrone are other halves options, although they could be considered at fullback and hooker respectively.

Meanwhile, Milford’s manager Sam Ayoub said he was aiming to meet with Stuart next week to continue talks about the 19-year-old’s future.

Milford has asked the Raiders for a release, but Canberra intends to block that request and is instead looking to upgrade his deal immediately.

Milford will represent Samoa at the World Cup and Ayoub said he expected a resolution after that.

“We’re still sitting tight and waiting to see what the kid’s feeling, and what he wants to do.’’

Ayoub also denied claims Ferguson is set to revive his career at the Sydney Roosters next year.

Ayoub is optimistic the sacked NSW Origin star would find an NRL club for 2014, but said his priority was addressing personal issues.

“He won’t be a done deal anywhere for months. I don’t want anybody to ask me what he’s doing with footy because it’s months before we even look at footy, to be honest,’’ Ayoub said.

“He’s got off-field stuff to be dealt with before we worry about footy, and that’s what we’ll do.

“I can’t guarantee it, but I’d like to think he’ll get himself on track and play [NRL] in 2014.’’

Source: http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/1823338/laurie-and-jack-stuart-picks-the-daley-double/?cs=12

Re: Jack Wighton

Posted By: RNA
Reply #72 October 22, 2013, 01:46:59 PM
2013 Player Review: Jack Wighton

After making his debut last year, Jack Wighton’s potential as a future NRL star continued to flourish in 2013 with the highly promising prospect cementing his position in the Raiders backline as well as achieving two representative honours along the way.

Wighton’s year began with the prodigious talent gaining selection in the NSW Emerging Blues squad for a camp with NSW State of Origin Coach Laurie Daley.

The 20 year old joined the best young players in NSW for the camp however it was Wighton who impressed Daley the most.

Daley was so blown away by Wighton’s maturity, raw natural ability and enormous potential that he selected him on the bench for the Indigenous All Stars.

After a glittering junior representative career, Wighton’s selection in the Indigenous All Stars was the Orange CYMS junior’s first senior representative jersey and one that he was deeply honoured to be involved in given the pride he has in his heritage.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/86276


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