The Canberra Raiders are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the national capital city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory . They have competed in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership since 1982. Over this period the club has won 3 premierships, (out of 5 Grand Final s played), received 1 wooden spoon and had a total of 15 of its players (9 New South Wales Blues and 6 Queensland Maroons) selected to don the green and gold for Australia. The Raiders' current home ground is Canberra Stadium in Bruce. Previously, the team played home matches at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan, New South Wales , with the move to Canberra Stadium taking place in 1990. The official symbol for the Canberra Raiders is the Viking . The Viking, also a mascot at Raiders' games, is known as Victor the Viking.As part of the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership's first expansion outside Sydney, the Raiders were admitted to the League, along with the Illawarra Steelers in 1982. Over the following years they improved steadily, reaching a playoff for 5th in their third season, and becoming the first non-Sydney team to make the finals (1987), feature in a grand final (1987) and win a premiership (1989). This heralded a period of great success for the club, with five grand final appearances and three premierships in eight years. During this period, the Raiders boasted international players such as Mal Meninga , Laurie Daley , Ricky Stuart , Glenn Lazarus , Bradley Clyde , Gary Belcher , Brett Mullins and Steve Walters . After this came the Super League war , with the Raiders switching to the rebel competition before continuing to compete in the re-unified NRL. During the 2000s the Raiders suffered from an exodus of experience. At the beginning of the 2009 season, the Raiders squad contained only four players who have played at the representative level. Joel Monaghan and Terry Campese each represented the Australian side during the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, with Monaghan also playing for the NSW blues during the third game of the 2008 State of Origin Series.

History


At the beginning of the 1980s, the New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL) was looking to expand its Sydney-based premiership into other areas of the state. The Canberra franchise was accepted in 1981 as the 14th team for the 1982 NSWRFL season . Along with the Illawarra Steelers who were also introduced that season, they became the first NSWRFL club based outside Sydney since the old Newcastle team left in 1909.

1980s

The club's initial seasons were a mixed bag, with the team earning the Wooden Spoon in their debut year. The team was notorious for late game collapses, leading to the nicknames "Canberra Faders" and "Pine Lime Splices", in what was also a reference to the team's colours. In fact, no team has conceded more tries in a season than the 1982 Raiders. The first points recorded by the Canberra Raiders were scored by Peter McGrath (later to become Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union). McGrath finished with 41 points in his first and only season with the Raiders. The club's first win, a 12-11 heartstopper v Newtown, came in its 8th match, and 3 more wins followed, most notably against then competition leaders Souths. 1983 saw 9 wins, more than doubling 1982's four. However, the team continued to struggle to win away from home. An away win first up in 1984 foreshadowed a much improved season, a positive winning record (13-11) snagging a playoff for fifth versus Souths. But this game was lost (4-23), and the Raiders had still not succeeded in reaching the semi-finals of the competition.1985 saw regression, with the team winning only 8 games (though the reserves did reach the Grand Final). Though 1986 was similarly disappointing, the team had a core group of players, such as Queensland trio Mal Meninga, Gary Belcher, Steve Walters, and John Ferguson who would greatly influence the coming decade.This was the most successful period in the Raiders' short history, with 5 Grand Finals and 3 premierships. In 1987, the team finished third after the minor rounds, resulting in a maiden semi-finals appearance. Despite going down 25-16 in their first finals match against Eastern Suburbs, the Raiders rallied to defeat South Sydney (46-12) and Easts again (32-24) in the Preliminary Final. The latter earned the team a place in the Grand Final, but they were never really competitive against minor premiers Manly-Warringah, going down 18-8 in what was the last Grand Final to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground . The GF attracted the Raiders all-time record attendance of 50,201. Laurie Daley , Peter Jackson and Glenn Lazarus all made their debut for Canberra in 1987, though only Queensland State of Origin rlp|CE Jackson played a prominent role that year, more so after his centre partner Meninga broke his arm and missed half of the season.1988 featured free-scoring (over 100 tries in 22 games) and a number of large victories, with the team again finishing in third place on the ladder. Unfortunately, a narrow 19-18 loss against eventual premiers Canterbury-Bankstown in the Major Semi-Final was followed by defeat against the Balmain Tigers and an early exit. After the debuts of Daley, Jackson and Lazarus in 1987, 1988 saw the debuts of future internationals Bradley Clyde , and former Wallaby scrum half, Queanbeyan born Ricky Stuart .With 5 rounds to play in the 1989 season, Canberra were 7th and in danger of missing the semis. But a hard fought 14-10 win over Easts started a 9 match winning streak, culminating in the club's first Premiership. Throughout the finals, Canberra was forced to walk the sudden-death tightrope after sneaking into the finals in fourth place. They easily accounted for Cronulla 31-10 in the Qualifying final, before defeating the emerging Penrith Panthers 27-18 in the Semis. Then the Preliminary final, the Raiders defeated the minor premiers South Sydney 32-16 to qualify for their second Grand Final appearance in three seasons.In one of the all-time great Grand Finals against Balmain, the Raiders sent the game into extra time after a late John Ferguson try that was converted by Meninga. Reserve forward Steve Jackson then scored the winning try to win the premiership for the Raiders in extra time after crashing through 4 Tigers defenders. Following the Grand Final win, the Raiders then went on to play in England at Old Trafford in the official World Club Challenge against 1988-89 RFL champions, Widnes. Widnes however, with their main strike weapon, Great Britain winger and the fastest player in rugby league at the time Martin Offiah in top form, defeated Canberra 30-18 in front of 30,768 fansFullback Gary Belcher became the first Raider to be the NSWRL's leading point scorer in 1988 with 218 points (10 tries and 89 goals). 1989 also saw the Australian and Queensland fullback become the first Raider to lead the league in try scoring when he crossed for 17 tries. Belcher was also the first ever fullback to lead the try scoring list in a season.

1990s

1990 was a stellar year for the club at all levels. All three grades making the Grand Final, with only the reserves losing. The first grade side earned their first Minor Premiership and a second consecutive title, defeating Penrith in the decider. Trouble brewed in 1991 as the club was embroiled in salary cap hardships. Nonetheless, a fourth Grand Final berth was secured - the team's third in a row. However, the team went down to Penrith in a repeat of the 1990 Grand Final. Jason Croker, the team's longest serving player, debuted this year.The fallout from the salary cap scandal saw several players leave the club, most prominently Glenn Lazarus, Brent Todd, David Barnhill, Nigel Gaffey and Paul Martin. An average performance resulted, with the Raiders missing the finals for the first time since 1986. David Furner , son of former Raiders and Australian coach Don Furner , started out in this year.Since their final premiership in 1994 which was a convincing win against the Bulldogs with some of the most spectacular tries ever seen in a grand final With the final score being 36-12. The Raiders have been unable to scale their previous heights, largely due to their inability to lure representative players to the capital. The team bowed out in Round 1 of the 1996 finals series, losing to St George. The next year, they were one of several teams that joined the breakaway Super League competition, losing in the preliminary final to the Cronulla Sharks . It was upon rejoining the newly formed National Rugby League the following year that the team began their decline. The 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 . Finch would ironically leave the Raiders soon after to play under Stuart, who has since returned to the club to be its head coach from 2014 onwards.

2000s

The 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 Raiders unexpectedly led the competition for most of the season, almost clinching the minor premiership. The Raiders then lost narrowly to the Melbourne Storm in the opening finals game, but still advanced to Week 2 due to ladder position. In one of the closest games in recent history, the Raiders were eclipsed by one point in the preliminary final by the New Zealand Warriors and eliminated from the 2003 competition.Many fans believed the achievements of 2003 would be improved in the following years. However, the Raiders finished a disappointing 8th in 2004, being knocked out in week one of the finals by the Sydney Roosters. Club legends Ruben Wiki and Mark McLinden left the Raiders for other clubs in this year. Wiki's loss, in particular, was a bitter pill to swallow for many Raiders fans, as it was found that the New Zealand Warriors had significantly breached the salary cap in signing him (the Warriors eventually paid the price for this, being docked four competition points at the beginning of the 2006 season). The 2005 side was written off by fans and critics alike, as the club's two major signings, Jason Smith and Matt Adamson , were ageing veterans considered well past their prime. However, both, particularly Smith, proved formidable campaigners, and the Raiders were joint competition leaders in Round 10. But as the season progressed, injuries took their toll and the Raiders finished second last on points differential to the Newcastle Knights . The 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.2006 saw club stalwarts Simon Woolford , Clinton Schifcofske and the club's longest serving player, Jason Croker , leave the club, going to St George Illawarra, the Queensland Reds rugby union team and the European Super League club Catalans Dragons respectively. Outgoing backs Schifcofske and Adam Mogg both earned representative berths with Queensland in State of Origin. Saturday 9 September 2006 saw Jason Croker, Simon Woolford, Clinton Schifcofske, Michael Hodgson, Jason Smith and Adam Mogg all play their final games for the club. The round one finals series clash with the Bulldogs saw the Raiders defeated 30-12 in slippery and muddy conditions at Telstra Stadium , and eliminated from the 2006 premiership race. This was also the final match for coach Matthew Elliott, who is coaching Penrith in 2007. His replacement is former North Queensland Cowboys' assistant coach Neil Henry.In 2007, the Raiders were an unknown quantity. Having lost star players such as Schifcofske, Smith, Croker and Woolford in key positions, the Raiders found themselves with a new captain in Alan Tongue relying on young, inexperienced players such as Todd Carney , William Zillman and Michael Dobson to step up and take on more prominent roles within the team. The sense of inexperience was reinforced by the selection of Neil Henry as coach, despite his lack of first-grade coaching experience. Though the Raiders were bolstered by late season signings Neville Costigan and Matt Bickerstaff , several critics believed that the Raiders' significant loss of experience would result in their "winning" the wooden spoon.2007 was, overall, a disappointing season for the Raiders, who finished in 14th place despite entering the top 8 midway through the season. However, two players - Phil Graham for Country Origin and Neville Costigan for Queensland - achieved representative status. The season was notable for the difference in the team's performance at and away from home, with just 2 of their 9 wins occurring outside Canberra. Coach Neil Henry incurred a fine of $10 000 for questioning the impartiality of the referee after the round 19 clash.The 2008 season started with some promise for the Raiders - a good showing despite a loss in round 1 vs. Newcastle was followed up with two solid wins against Penrith and St.George-Illawarra. The club then suffered a series of losses, whilst snaring only the occasional victory, with a big come from behind victory against Wests being noteworthy. In the representative field, Todd Carney and Joel Monaghan picked for Country Origin , and Monaghan being a shadow player for the New South Wales Side.In September 2008, despite a heavy injury toll, the 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. The Raiders semi-final appearance was brief, however. After being defeated by the Cronulla Sharks, the Raiders 6th-place finish was considered to be enough to get them a second chance. However, a huge upset with 8th place New Zealand defeating minor premiers Melbourne saw the Raiders eliminated.The 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 nightclub following the round 19 win against the Roosters. Carney was eventually dismissed by the club after failing to agree to the punishment plan the club had laid out for him, Goodwin was also sacked from the club.A slow start to the 2009 season saw the raiders lose to the tigers and the roosters. However, with the help from under 20s debutants Josh Dugan, Jarrod Croker and Travis Waddell they won their next two matches. Despite a disappointing season for the raiders losing to many close games the Raiders were able to beat the Melbourne Storm for the first time in 14 games and 7 years 26-16 in round 16 to keep their slim finals hopes alive. The Raiders also had a memorable win over the number one team at the time St George-Illawarra Dragons , by 24-12. Despite wins against three of the top four (St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans and the Melbourne Storm) and coming within three points of the other (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) losses to bottom placed teams Cronulla Sharks and Sydney Roosters at home saw the raiders finish in 13th.

2010s

The 2010 season began traditionally poorly for the Raiders with a loss to Penrith in the opening round however against early-season expectations that the Raiders would again struggle the club posted early season wins over Brisbane in round two, Parramatta in round five and the New Zealand Warriors in round eight in New Zealand in what was the club's first win in New Zealand since the early 2000s. However, losses to Todd Carney's new club the Roosters in round six and a narrow loss at home to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round seven saw the club sitting second from last after round seven (last had the Melbourne Storm not been stripped of competition points due to salary cap breaches) of the 2010 season. Wins over the ladder-leading Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans followed until a four-game losing streak ensued; with the club sitting third from last after a round 17 home loss to the Roosters in what was Todd Carney 's return to the nation's capital. The 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. The regular season's highest home attendance came when 20,445 fans filled Canberra Stadium to see the Raiders defeat the ladder-leading Dragons 32-16 for the second time in the season.The Raiders advanced to the finals on the back of eight wins from their past nine and were drawn a tough away final against the second-placed Penrith Panthers whom the Raiders had beaten just five weeks earlier. The Raiders led from the start and despite lapses at times during the match the Raiders managed to sniff out a narrow 24-22 win, thus achieving its first final win in a decade, which ironically was also against the Panthers. This saw the Raiders draw a home final against the Wests Tigers in round two of the finals. Having lost to the Tigers twice during the regular season, it was hoped that a record crowd of 26,746 would inspire the Raiders to continue their fairytale run deep into the finals, however a missed penalty attempt by Jarrod Croker in the final minutes of the match saw Canberra lose by 26-24 and therefore draw a curtain on the Raiders' 2010 season.The Raiders off season didn't start well, with Joel Monaghan being sacked by the club for inappropriate behaviour with a team mates dog. This appeared to be a team building exercise, as photos surfaced showing the rest of the team cheering him on.The Raiders, looking to build on their strong finish to the 2010 season in 2011, bolstered its already strong roster with the addition of Blake Ferguson , Brett White and former Dally M medalist Matt Orford . The latter signing was an important one for the Raiders as vice-captain and star playmaker Terry Campese is out indefinitely due to a knee injury suffered in the semi-final loss to Wests at the end of the 2010 season. After starting the season with a 40-16 thumping of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in round one, the Raiders have since lost their last eight matches in succession, and were sitting at the bottom of the ladder by round nine. Their fortunes started to turn when they caused the boilover of the 2011 season, upsetting the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne by 20-12. This was Canberra's first win in the Victorian capital since 2000. This was tempered by being held scoreless for the first time at home in their history by Melbourne in round 19, losing 26-0. One other unlikely win to the Raiders against a 7th place Bulldogs at home 20-12 has kept the momentum building as the Raiders look to turn their season around.After the first four rounds of the 2012 NRL season, the Raiders have lost 3 and won 2.The Canberra Raiders 2013 campaign began with two demoralising defeats to Penrith Panthers and Gold Coast Titans , only managing to score 10 points in the two games while conceding 68. Another early blow to the Raiders at the start of the 2013 season was the irresponsible behaviour of up and coming superstar Josh Dugan whom was sacked from the club for disciplinary reasons after he and teammate Blake Ferguson missed a team recovery session in favour of spending the day drinking on the rooftop of Blake Fergusons home. The Raiders then managed to win 5 of the next 7 games including upsets to the undefeated Melbourne Storm away from home and premiership favourites Sydney Roosters , winning all games played at Canberra Stadium for the first 12 rounds of the premiership season.In 2014, the Raiders hired Ricky Stuart (former player) as a coach. He has had mixed success with the team. Star player, Anthony Milford, agreed to sign with rival team, the Broncos, disappointing Raiders fans.

Toyota Cup (Under 20s)

The Raiders' Toyota Cup team won 28-24 over the Broncos' team in golden point extra time to win the Toyota Cup (Under 20s) Premiership in the lead-up game to the NRL Grand Final on 5 October 2008. In 2009 the team was unsuccessful in defending its National Youth Competition title, finishing eighth at the end of the regular season. The team were able to upset the minor premiers Manly in week one of the finals but lost to the Wests Tigers in week two ending their title defence.

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Brisbane Broncos10802276:11716
2Melbourne Storm10802223:12416
3North Queensland Cowboys10703279:14014
4Cronulla Sharks9702219:15814
5Parramatta Eels10604184:14112
6Canterbury Bulldogs9504173:15210
7Penrith Panthers10505198:19710
8St. George Illawarra Dragons10505105:19810
9Canberra Raiders10415229:2159
10South Sydney Rabbitohs10406204:2198
11Manly Sea Eagles10406178:2268
12New Zealand Warriors10406208:2628
13Gold Coast Titans9306170:2116
14Wests Tigers9306184:2396
15Sydney Roosters9207167:2074
16Newcastle Knights9117102:2933

Recent Matches


Canberra Raiders Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
30 Apr 2016Penrith Panthers19 - 18Canberra Raiders   Details
29 May 2016Canberra Raiders32 - 20Canterbury Bulldogs   Details
26 Mar 2016Canberra Raiders20 - 24Gold Coast Titans   Details
23 Apr 2016Canberra Raiders60 - 6Wests Tigers   Details
21 May 2016New Zealand Warriors12 - 38Canberra Raiders   Details


Canberra Raiders Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
01 Sep 2016Wests TigersvsCanberra Raiders   Details
03 Jul 2016Canberra RaidersvsNewcastle Knights   Details
04 Aug 2016Cronulla SharksvsCanberra Raiders   Details
11 Aug 2016Canberra RaidersvsMelbourne Storm   Details
11 Jul 2016Canberra RaidersvsNorth Queensland Cowboys   Details

Season summaries


P=Premiers, R=Runners-up, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons
(Brackets Represent Finals Games)
Competition Games
Played
Games
Won
Games
Drawn
Games
Lost
Ladder
Position
P R M F W Coach CaptainCrowd
Average
Details
1982 NSWRFL season
26 4 0 22 14th ----
Don Furner
David Grant
10,852
1982 Canberra Raiders season
1983 NSWRFL Season
26 9 0 17 9th -----
Allan McMahon
9,798
1983 Canberra Raiders season
1984 NSWRL Season
24(1) 13(0) 0(0) 11(1) 6th ---
-
Ron Giteau
10,639
1984 Canberra Raiders season
1985 NSWRL season
22 8 2 14 10th -----
7,833
1985 Canberra Raiders season
1986 NSWRL season
24 8 1 15 11th -----
Dean Lance
6,851
1986 Canberra Raiders season
1987 NSWRL season
24(4) 15(2) 0(0) 9(2) 3rd -
-
-
Don Furner & Wayne Bennett
6,918
1987 Canberra Raiders season
1988 NSWRL season
22(2) 15(0) 0(0) 9(2) 3rd ---
-
Tim Sheens
9,988
1988 Canberra Raiders season
1989 NSWRL season
22(4) 14(4) 0(0) 8(0) 4th
--
-
Mal Meninga
9,241
1989 Canberra Raiders season
1990 NSWRL season
22(3) 16(2) 1(0) 5(1) 1st
-
-
13,542
1990 Canberra Raiders season
1991 NSWRL season
22(4) 14(3) 0(0) 6(1) 4th -
-
-
14,587
1991 Canberra Raiders season
1992 NSWRL season
22 10 0 12 12th -----
11,103
1992 Canberra Raiders season
1993 NSWRL season
22(2) 16(0) 1(0) 5(2) 3rd ---
-
14,569
1993 Canberra Raiders season
1994 NSWRL season
22(4) 17(3) 0(0) 5(1) 3rd
--
-
17,392
1994 Canberra Raiders season
1995 ARL season
22(2) 20(1) 0(0) 2(1) 2nd ---
-
Ricky Stuart
15,683
1995 Canberra Raiders season
1996 ARL season
21(1) 13(0) 1(0) 7(1) 6th ---
-
10,440
1996 Canberra Raiders season
1997 Super League season
18(3) 11(1) 0(0) 7(2) 3rd ---
-
Mal Meninga
11,622
1997 Canberra Raiders season
1998 NRL season
24(2) 15(1) 0(0) 9(1) 7th ---
-
Laurie Daley
10,135
1998 Canberra Raiders season
1999 NRL season
24 12 1 10 9th -----
12,057
1999 Canberra Raiders season
2000 NRL season
26(2) 15(1) 0(0) 11(1) 4th ---
-
12,186
2000 Canberra Raiders season
2001 NRL season
26 9 1 16 11th -----
Simon Woolford
9,780
2001 Canberra Raiders season
2002 NRL season
24(1) 10(0) 1(0) 13(1) 8th ---
-
Matthew Elliott
10,348
2002 Canberra Raiders season
2003 NRL season
24(2) 16(0) 0(0) 8(2) 4th ---
-
13,422
2003 Canberra Raiders season
2004 NRL season
24(1) 11(0) 0(0) 13(1) 8th ---
-
11,116
2004 Canberra Raiders season
2005 NRL season
24 9 0 15 14th -----
12,404
2005 Canberra Raiders season
2006 NRL season
24(1) 13(0) 0(0) 11(1) 7th ---
-
Clinton Schifcofske
11,489
2006 Canberra Raiders season
2007 NRL season
24 9 0 15 14th -----
Neil Henry
Alan Tongue
11,512
2007 Canberra Raiders season
2008 NRL season
24(1) 13(0) 0(0) 11(1) 6th ---
-
11,913
2008 Canberra Raiders season
2009 NRL season
24 9 0 15 13th -----
David Furner
11,027
2009 Canberra Raiders season
2010 NRL season
24(2) 13(1) 0(0) 11(1) 7th ---
-
12,373
2010 Canberra Raiders season
2011 NRL season
24 6 0 18 15th -----
12,419
2011 Canberra Raiders season
2012 NRL season
24(2) 13(1) 0(0) 11(1) 6th ---
-
Terry Campese , David Shillington
10,190
2012 Canberra Raiders season
2013 NRL season
24 10 0 14 13th -----
Rounds 1-21 David Furner
Rounds 22-24 Andrew Dunemann
Terry Campese , David Shillington , Josh McCrone
10,226
2013 Canberra Raiders season
2014 NRL season
24 8 0 16 15th -----
Ricky Stuart
Jarrod Croker
9,608
2014 Canberra Raiders season
2015 NRL season
24 10 0 14 10th -----
9,629
2015 Canberra Raiders season

Emblem and colours


Since inception, the Raiders' team colours have been lime green and white with blue and gold bands. In recent years, the "away" strip for the team has been mostly white, with lime green, blue and gold bands. The lime green was chosen as the main colour as it differentiated the side from other club's colours. The blue and gold were included in the Raiders colours as they are the traditional sporting colours of the Australian Capital Territory .The original jersey's design was chosen through a competition held by the club in 1981. The winning entrant was Ms Patricia Taylor, whose design was duly adopted.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

PeriodKit manufacturerMajor SponsorMinor SponsorShorts Sponsor
2009ISCCA-Navy
2010-11 Kooga CA- Canberra Milk
2012 Kooga University of Canberra - Canberra Milk
2013BLK University of Canberra Land Rover Canberra Milk
2014 International Sports Clothing University of Canberra Land Rover Canberra Milk
2015 International Sports Clothing Huawei Austbrokers Canberra Canberra Milk
2016 International Sports Clothing Huawei Austbrokers Canberra Canberra Milk

Stadium


Seiffert Oval

From 1982 until the end of 1989, the Raiders played their home games at the Seiffert Oval located in Queanbeyan in New South Wales. They played their first game at the ground on 6 March 1982 against the Western Suburbs Magpies . the Magpies won this game 33-4 in front of 6,769 fans. The Raiders first win at Seiffert came on 18 April with a 21-11 win over 1981 Grand Finalists Newtown.Overall, the Raiders would play 98 games at Seiffert Oval, winning 52, losing 45 with one drawn game. Canberra's largest attendance at Seiffert came in Round 12 of the 1989 season when 18,272 saw the Raiders triumph 27-6 over the Brisbane Broncos who were coached by former Raiders co-coach Wayne Bennett.

Bruce/Canberra Stadium

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 . The club has remained at Bruce Stadium (later re-named Canberra Stadium) ever since. As of the end of the 2015 NRL season, the Canberra Raiders have played 200 games at Canberra Stadium.The Raiders attendance record at Canberra Stadium stands at 25,253 for a Round 21 clash against Western Suburbs in 1994. In what was Mal Meninga's final home appearance for the club, the Raiders sent him out a winner with a 40-22 win. Following the game, the main grandstand at the ground was re-named the Mal Meninga Stand .

Canberra Raiders Leagues Club


This section will be updated later.

2016 Squad


Canberra Raiders current squad

2015 Signings/Transfers


IN
  • leagueicon|Wests Tigers|16 Blake Austin from Wests Tigers *leagueicon|Hull KR|16 Josh Hodgson from Hull KR
  • leagueicon|Newcastle|16 Joseph Leilua from Newcastle Knights (mid-season 2015)*leagueicon|Sydney|16 Frank-Paul Nu'uausala from Sydney Roosters
  • leagueicon|St Helens|16 Iosia Soliola from St. Helens*leagueicon|Melbourne|16 Sisa Waqa from Melbourne Storm
  • leagueicon|Catalans|16 Sam Williams from Catalans Dragons
  • OUT
  • leagueicon|Hull KR|16 Terry Campese to Hull KR *leagueicon|Balmain|16 Jake Foster to Eastern Suburbs Tigers
  • leagueicon|Melbourne|16 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to Melbourne Storm *leagueicon|Sydney|16 Matt McIlwrick to Sydney Roosters
  • leagueicon|Newcastle|16 Sam Mataora to Newcastle Knights (mid-season 2014)*leagueicon|Brisbane|16 Anthony Milford to Brisbane Broncos
  • leagueicon|Parramatta|16 Reece Robinson to Parramatta Eels *leagueicon|Sydney|16 Lagi Setu to Sydney Roosters
  • Brett White (retired)
  • 2016 Signings/Transfers


    IN
  • leagueicon|Newcastle Knights|16 Adam Clydesdale from Newcastle Knights *leagueicon|Catalans|16 Jeff Lima from Catalans Dragons
  • leagueicon|Gold Coast Titans|16 Aidan Sezer from Gold Coast Titans *leagueicon|Newcastle Knights|16 Joseph Tapine from Newcastle Knights
  • leagueicon|Catalans|16 Elliott Whitehead from Catalans Dragons
  • OUT
  • leagueicon|Parramatta Eels|16 Mitchell Cornish to Parramatta Eels *leagueicon|Wests Tigers|16 Joel Edwards to Wests Tigers
  • leagueicon|Melbourne Storm|16 Jeremy Hawkins to Melbourne Storm *leagueicon|Penrith Panthers|16 Andrew Heffernan to Penrith Panthers
  • leagueicon|Gold Coast Titans|16 Jeff Lynch to Gold Coast Titans *leagueicon|St George Illawarra Dragons|16 Josh McCrone to St George Illawarra Dragons
  • leagueicon|Melbourne Storm|16 Mark Nicholls to Melbourne Storm *leagueicon|Hull KR|16 Dane Tilse to Hull KR (mid-season 2015)
  • leagueicon|Gold Coast Titans|16 David Shillington to Gold Coast Titans *leagueicon|Wakefield Wildcats|16 Bill Tupou to Wakefield Wildcats
  • Players


    25-Year Dream Team

    This is the 25-man "Dream Team" picked in the Canberra Times to celebrate the club's 25th season in 2006 Citation needed|date=June 2011
    Canberra Raiders Dream Team
    First team squad

    Representative players

    Coaches


    See also|List of Canberra Raiders coachesThe Canberra Raiders' first coach was former Queensland and Australian representative player, Don Furner , who was coaching in Queanbeyan at the time of the club's formation in 1982. In 1987 he was joined by Wayne Bennett, who was coaching in Brisbane, and the Raiders reached their first grand final .

    Statistics and records


    See also|List of Canberra Raiders recordsThe Raiders' largest ever winning margin was 68 points, when they defeated the Parramatta Eels 68-0 during the 1993 NSWRL season . Their worst loss was in the 2013 NRL season when the Melbourne Storm dealt a 4-68 defeat. Canberra have won eleven consecutive games twice, in 1990 and in 1995. Jason Croker has played the most games for the Raiders with 318 between 1991 and 2006. He also holds the club's all-time try scoring record with 120. Jarrod Croker is Canberra's highest ever point scorer with 1,224 (86 tries, 440 goals) between 2012 and 2015.

    Honours


    Premierships (3/28) { class="bztable" style="text-align:left;"
    YearOpponentCompetitionScore
    1989 Balmain Tigers Winfield Cup19-14
    1990 Penrith Panthers Winfield Cup18-14
    1994 Canterbury Bulldogs Winfield Cup36-12
    |Runners Up (2/28)
    YearOpponentCompetitionScore
    1987 Manly Sea Eagles NSWRL18-8
    1991 Penrith Panthers Winfield Cup19-12
    |-|Minor Premierships (1/28)
    YearCompetitionWins
    1990Winfield Cup 16 (1 draw)
    |Wooden Spoon (1/28)
    YearCompetitionWins
    1982NSWRL 4
    |}Clear
  • NSWRL Premier League: 1     2003
  • New South Wales Rugby League Club Championships: 1     1990
  • Channel TEN Challenge Cup: 1     1990
  • Tooheys Challenge Cup: 1     1993
  • Jersey Flegg Cup : 3     1989, 1993, 2008
  • National Youth Competition: 1     2008
  • Presidents Cup: 2     1990, 1995
  • S.G. Ball Cup : 2     1995, 2005
  • Harold Matthews Cup : 4     1978, 1984, 1993, 1995

    Supporters


    The official Canberra Raiders supporter group is known as "The Greenhouse".Verify source|date=May 2016Notable Celebrity Supporters of the club include;| valign=top |
  • Erin Molan , Australian Journalist
  • Mark Webber , Australian Formula One Driver
  • Brad Haddin , Former Australian Cricketer
  • Brendan Jones, Australian Golfer
  • Bob Hawke , Former Australian Prime Minister
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  • Michael Milton, Australian Paralympian
  • James O'Loghlin , Australian Media Personality
  • Usman Khawaja , Australian Cricketer
  • Michael Bevan , Former Australian Cricketer
  • Jai Taurima , Former Australian Olympian