The Canberra Raiders have been forced to relocate their pre-season training up to the Sunshine Coast following bushfires in Canberra.

The current training conditions in Canberra were deemed unsafe, prompting the decision to move north.

Only the club’s top 30 will relocate for the 10-day camp starting on January 9, with the remaining members of the team to stay in Canberra and train in the indoor facilities.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the players’ safety was paramount.

“With the prolonged effects of the current bushfire situation and the hazardous conditions due to smoke here in Canberra, we’ve made the decision to relocate training for a period to allow the playing group to prepare as best they can for the season without putting their health or safety at risk,” Furner told raiders.com.au.

He said the club would work with the NRL to explore how they could support fundraising for the bushfire cause.

“First of all, we would like to commend the Rural Fire Service for the continued efforts they have sustained in fighting these bushfires in what has been a very tough and trying period,” Furner said. “There are several communities very close to Canberra including the South Coast and Riverina regions which have been impacted heavily during these fires and the club is working with the NRL on a way to best support these communities.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. With The Raiders letting their grand final half walk and an English Test 5/8 expected to play in a new position as halfback leading a new team around in a new competition.

    I would think that the whole entire Canberra club will catch on fire and crash and burn by round 12.

  2. He doesn’t have to beat much.
    Although I didn’t understand letting Sezer go to England. Then buying a worse halfback as a replacement half. Williams doesn’t have to be that great , to be as good as Sezer either. When it came down to it, Sezer didn’t produce much when it was needed.
    Hodgson is the more important play maker at Canberra. Just as Smith has been for Melbourne.

  3. See clowns like you from the empty divide in your skull think dummy halfs are playmakers. Dummy halves pass footballs to the playmakers like halfbacks and five eights who are always thinking two or three moves infront of the opposition orchestrating the attack.
    Sure dummy halves can have some tricks up their sleeve and have a run and a grubber in their play with good vision to sometimes overule a call for a footy but they are not playmakers clownofdivide.

  4. See clownslike you from the empty divide in your brain think dummyhalfs are playmakers. Dummyhalves pass footballs to the playmakers like halfbacks and five eights who are always thinking two or three moves infront of the opposition orchestrating the attack.
    Sure dummyhalves can have some tricks up their sleeve and have a run and a grubber in their play with good vision to sometimes overule a call for a footy but they are not playmakers.

  5. See clowns like you from the empty divide in your skull think number9s are playmakers. Number9s pass the football to the playmakers like halfbacks and five eights, who are always thinking two or three moves infront of the opposition orchestrating the attack.

  6. I don’t know what sport you’ve been watching? If you don’t believe Smith is at the centre of most of what Melbourne’s done for so very long.
    Even when they’ve had a fairly useless half, Smoth keeps them winning.
    I guess you’ve been watching the Chicken Fights?
    You don’t have to be a half, to be the main man.

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