Tom Hawkins is one of the most exciting young players in the game. His ability to pierce defensive lines and pass the ball is second to none.
Tom Hawkins is a dominant presence in the Canberra Raiders forward pack. The 198 cm (6 foot 6 inches) tall lock has an enormous frame and is a powerful ball player. He is a natural leader and will be an asset for the Raiders this season.
The Raiders have competed in Australasia’s elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership, since 1982. The club is based in the Australian capital city of Canberra, and has won three premierships and appeared in five grand finals.
The club is currently led by coach Ricky Stuart and captain Jack Wighton. They have also added former Bulldogs centre Adam Elliott and former Cowboys prop Peter Hola to their squad. They are among a number of high-profile players to join the Green Machine this year.
The Raiders lost a lot of experience when Jack Wighton left the club for South Sydney in 2024, but with the additions of Adam Elliott and Pasami Saulo the Green Machine have a good mix of experience and youth. The two former Knights forwards have both played at representative level for New South Wales and Australia respectively.
The star utility back was referred to the NRL judiciary for an on-field incident with Newcastle five-eighth Tyson Gamble in Canberra’s elimination final loss at home. The 30-year-old was found guilty of biting Gamble after a lengthy hearing.
He was ruled out of the three remaining games of the season for his offence. The backline specialist was a key member of Jamal Fogarty’s halves partnership and finished second in the Meninga Medal count. In addition, he was a regular member of Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos squad last year and could return for end-of-year Tests against Samoa and New Zealand if available.
The Raiders have added depth to their halves with the signing of mature-age Gold Coast Titans halfback Jamal Fogarty. The former Dragons and Storm utility is expected to wear the No.7 jersey at Canberra.
Fogarty, who has 41 first-grade appearances, says he is looking forward to the challenge of joining the Raiders. He says he is also excited about working with coach Ricky Stuart.
With Wighton set to join South Sydney next season, the Raiders are keen on keeping hold of their other top-grade playmakers. Brent Read reports they are monitoring Broncos winger Ezra Mam, who is out of contract in 2024. The Raiders have already re-signed Payne Haas and have a list of players they want to upgrade or extend, including Reece Walsh and Kurt Capewell.
The Canberra Raiders are one of only three clubs that have filled their top 30 squads before a ball has been kicked. Their signing of forward Zac Woolford has taken the club to full capacity with their squad now featuring a mix of experience and youth.
Hudson Young has re-committed to the Raiders, with the backrower putting pen to paper on a long-term deal in Australia’s capital. Young has risen through the ranks at the club and is a likely Blues bolter this season.
James Tamou has fought his way back into Todd Payten’s Cowboys side ahead of their opening match against the Canberra Raiders. The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys forward is set to return from injury and will feature in the back row.