31 Facts About Canberra Raiders


Canberra Raiders are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the national capital city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

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At the beginning of the 2009 season, the Canberra Raiders squad contained only four players who have played at the representative level.

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The Canberra Raiders franchise was accepted in 1981 as the 14th team for the 1982 NSWRFL season.

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In one of the all-time great Grand Finals against Balmain, the Canberra Raiders sent the game into extra time after a late John Ferguson try that was converted by Meninga.

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The Canberra Raiders have been unable to scale their previous heights, largely due to their inability to lure representative players to the capital.

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The Canberra Raiders' problems came to a head in the late 1990s, when club legends Ricky Stuart and Bradley Clyde were forced out in order to accommodate players such as Brett Finch.

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Canberra Raiders had mixed results in the new millennium, often finishing just inside or just outside the final eight and usually being bundled out of the finals in the early weeks, However, in 2003, the Canberra Raiders unexpectedly led the competition for most of the season, almost clinching the minor premiership.

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The Canberra Raiders then lost narrowly to the Melbourne Storm in the opening finals game, but still advanced to Week 2 due to ladder position.

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In one of the closest games in recent history, the Canberra Raiders were eclipsed by one point in the preliminary final by the New Zealand Warriors and eliminated from the 2003 competition.

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However, the Canberra Raiders finished a disappointing 8th in 2004, being knocked out in week one of the finals by the Sydney Roosters.

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The Canberra Raiders started season 2006 heavy favourites to run last, but despite this pessimism and heavy losses to the Knights and the Roosters early on, fought back and guaranteed themselves a finals berth with a round to play.

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Canberra Raiders's replacement is former North Queensland Cowboys' assistant coach Neil Henry.

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In September 2008, despite a heavy injury toll, the Canberra Raiders guaranteed themselves a place in the NRL 2008 Finals Series winning seven of their last nine regular season games, a feat which was at the start of the season impossible according to Rugby League punditry in Australia.

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Season had not been without controversy however, with star halfback Todd Carney and fullback Bronx Goodwin being stood down by the club after an altercation at a Canberra Raiders nightclub following the round 19 win against the Roosters.

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The Canberra Raiders then began a run similar to that of Parramatta last year; winning eight of their next nine regular season matches to sneak into the top eight by season's end.

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In 2011, the Canberra Raiders bolstered its already strong roster with the addition of Blake Ferguson, Brett White and former Dally M medalist Matt Orford.

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Canberra Raiders finished the 2012 NRL season in 6th position on the table and qualified for the finals.

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In 2015, the Canberra Raiders finished 10th off the back of well below average defence.

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In 2016, Canberra Raiders finished 2nd, for just the 3rd time in their history.

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In 2017, Canberra Raiders finished in 10th position with 11 wins and 13 losses.

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At the completion of round 21, Canberra Raiders sat in 3rd place with a record of 13 wins and 7 losses which was almost identical position on the ladder and win–loss record they had at the same stage of the 2016 season.

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Canberra Raiders finished the 2020 NRL season in fifth place narrowly missing out on fourth place.

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Canberra Raiders would go on to lose the preliminary final to Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium which ended their season.

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Canberra Raiders started the 2021 NRL season as one of the club's expected to finish in the top four and challenge for the premiership.

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Canberra Raiders started the 2022 NRL season poorly which included a run of five straight losses.

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From 1982 until the end of 1989, the Canberra Raiders played their home games at the Seiffert Oval located in Queanbeyan in New South Wales.

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In 1990, the Canberra Raiders moved out of their original home and into the spacious Bruce Stadium which is located adjacent to the Australian Institute of Sport.

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Raiders attendance record at Canberra Stadium stands at 26,567 for a Finals week 3 clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2019.

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Canberra Raiders have won eleven consecutive games twice, in 1990 and in 1995.

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Canberra Raiders holds the club's all-time try-scoring record with 120.

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Canberra Raiders receive support from groups of fans, including supporter's website, podcast and news service "Raidercast"; and forum "The Greenhouse".

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