MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: George Williams of the Wigan Warriors in action during the BetFred Super League Grand Final between Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford on October 13, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Canberra has confirmed the signature of England international George Willimas on a three-year deal, with the half joining the Raiders in 2020.

Williams has represented England 10 times and has featured in 172 Super League matches for Wigan, winning two Super League championships during his time at the club.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the club was thrilled to add Williams to their squad.

“George is an experienced half who joins us after a very successful career with Wigan in the Super League,” Furner told

“The clubs had success in recent times in recruiting proven performers from the Super League and we believe George will fit into our system like others have.

“The club would like to wish George all the best for the remainder of the season with Wigan and we look forward to him joining us for pre-season training.”


  1. Should we call the the Great Britain Raiders?
    Time to put a limit on each team for international players playing in their teams. We need locals to have as much opportunity to play first grade as possible.

  2. Should be the Wigan Raiders, most of these pommy imports are ex Wigan lads.

    That said, I rate Williams better than Bateman so if he goes anywhere near as well, they will have to rename a bay after him.

  3. May not win it this year, will give it a good crack but probably won’t win it this year. Next year though…..

  4. The more the better. International rugby league needs a boost and having more Internationals playing at the elite club level will no doubt strengthen the English side. Hopefully one day we can get a genuinely competitive international scene with countries like Samoa and Fiji following Tonga’s direction.

  5. Hah, don’t be ridiculous. There is a serious talent drought in the NRL right now – we need any players we can get.

  6. Good signing. Doesn’t matter what country players are coming from… Talent it talent. Keep hating for all we care 😂

  7. Now that’s confirmed, what’s next for Aiden Sezer, Sam Williams and Ata Hingaro.
    Think Aiden Sezer would be a good addition to the Tigers to replace Benji, otherwise maybe the Sea Eagles if they can create enough cap room.

  8. Sezer has been linked to Manly and a return to the dogs…not sure how true it is though?? Just talk I’m guessing…IMO, I think Sezer would be a good fit at the Broncos.
    Ata and Williams I think will stay as back up options. I think Sezer will be the only one to leave.

  9. Only the top 3% of juniors coming through get even a game of first grade in Australia. The average number of games played then over all players in first grade is just 12 games.
    Do we need clubs clogging up the first grade teams with Englishmen? Then not allow more up & coming players to get a chance to play first grade? Don’t think so.
    There’s plenty of good players having to run around in Canterbury Cup teams & Queensland competitions as they haven’t been given a chance .
    Ask Canberra’s juniors what they think of more & more English players taking spots in first grade there. Doubt that they’d think it’s a great thing.
    I saw a junior from Gundagai comes up to play in a Penrith Junior Rep team. He’s one of a small group from a long way away that do it. As Penrith actually give their junior rep players more chance to go onto play first grade than many clubs. Maybe the player from Gundagai couldn’t see any future trying to come through the system at the English Raiders?

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