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7 March 2018 8:10 AM Canberra Times sport podcast March 7: Canberra Raiders news, ACT Brumbies team named

Can the Canberra Raiders make the NRL top eight? History says they will, but coach Ricky Stuart has a massive job lifting the Green Machine up the ladder. The Raiders have only failed the make the finals in one even-numbered year since the early 2000s. The players proved they were good enough when they charged into a preliminary final two years ago, but struggled 21

27 February 2018 6:51 AM Canberra Raiders and ACT Brumbies launch double-ticket offer for NRL and Super Rugby

As well as members being eligible to watch both games, the clubs have agreed to sell tickets to give fans a chance to watch two games for the price of one. The Raiders were riding a green wave of support last year, with their average crowd numbers jumping to 14,097. It was the best average attendance since 1995. Brumbies crowds took a major hit as drama 20

14 February 2018 9:00 AM Peter FitzSimons' predictions for the sporting year of 2018

Canterbury Bulldogs will rise. Without being unkind, I have no clue how the board led by Ray Dib got as close as they did to holding on to power in the elections last weekend. In the course of Dib's reign, the Dogs lost damn nigh everything, starting with their matches, and up to and including their two most revered and passionate players, Josh Reynolds 16

11 February 2018 5:03 AM Brisbane Broncos' British import downed by knee injury after 14 minutes

English recruit Andre Savelio has suffered a suspected season-ending knee injury on his Brisbane debut in the Broncos' 16-6 NRL trial victory over Central Queensland Capras. The 22-year-old forward lasted just 14 minutes before his knee buckled awkwardly in a tackle against the Queensland Cup side at Theodore on Saturday night in front of 3000-strong 30

10 February 2018 7:08 PM Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says Canterbury Bulldogs trial will determine Josh Hodgson replacement

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says the Sunshine Coast trial will show who's the leading candidate to fill Josh Hodgson's shoes. Leadership will be a focus of the preceding camp, with Stuart adamant his leaders need to go to the next level for the Green Machine to do so as well. The Raiders fly to the Sunshine Coast on Monday for a pre-season camp ahead 15

10 February 2018 9:39 AM Connal McInerney back on Brumbies radar as Christian Lealiifano prepares for return

The ACT Brumbies will recall their Wallabies stars and Christian Lealiifano this week for a chance to break a New Zealand hoodoo before the Super Rugby season starts. The Brumbies will play against the Waikato Chiefs in their last pre-season match on the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday night, with coach Dan McKellar to roll out a near full-strength side for the clash 29

9 February 2018 12:09 PM Manly formally deny salary cap rorting after third extension

Manly have officially denied claims of salary cap rorting after lodging their reply to the NRL's breach notice on Friday. Manly chairman Scott Penn said the Sea Eagles have rejected all claims made against his club. The Sea Eagles were given three extensions to lodge their reply to the preliminary findings of an NRL integrity unit investigation 17

6 February 2018 10:10 PM NRL 2018: Dave Taylor set to miss Brisbane Broncos reunion

Dave Taylor looks set to be denied a reunion with former NRL club Brisbane, missing a chance to line up against the Broncos' "Andrew Fifita clone" Payne Haas. Former State of Origin forward Taylor received a lifeline from second tier Queensland Cup outfit Central Capras last week, signing a two year deal after being sacked by UK outfit Toronto Wolfpack 9

5 February 2018 7:39 AM Jarryd Hayne training as hard as I've seen, says Parramatta Eels captain Tim Mannah

That's the belief of Eels captain Tim Mannah, who's declared Jarryd Hayne is defying his reputation as a poor NRL trainer and is primed for a successful comeback at the club. Hayne's perceived lack of work ethic again came under fire following reports he had been outperformed by coach Brad Arthur in a fitness test last week. However, Mannah praised Hayne's 14

4 February 2018 7:03 AM NRL 2018: Nathan Ross chosen in seven-man Newcastle Knights leadership group

Almost from the moment he burst onto the scene as a 27-year-old in 2015 with a try on debut in the NRL, Nathan Ross has been a Newcastle fan favourite. His unlikely rags-to-riches story, the acrobatic try-scoring feats and his willingness to interact and spend time with fans, has earned him something of a cult-like following. But it's not only the supporters 12