Raiders Greatest Team

GARY BELCHER - FULLBACK

'Badge' burst onto the scene as a replacement in 1986 for injured Fullback Mick Aldous and never looked back, playing 148 matches for Canberra and earning regular selection in both the Queensland and Australian rep teams.

Matches for club: 148

Total Tries: 69

Total Goals: 148

Total Points: 572



BRETT MULLINS - WING

A try-scoring expert who could pull something spectacular out of nowhere, Brett Mullins shone at both club and representative level. Blessed with pure pace, Mullins scored 105 tries in 183 appearances and electrified crowds world-wide with his trademark length-of-the-field bursts.

Matches for club: 183

Total Tries: 105

Total Points: 420



MAL MENINGA - CENTRE

Big Mal's playing and captaincy record speaks for itself. Brought down to Canberra from QLD club Brisbane Souths, Meninga went on to lead the Raiders to 3 Grand Final wins, as well as captaining QLD and Australia. Retired after 1994 Grand Final win over Canterbury.

Matches for club: 166

Total Tries: 74

Total Goals: 283

Total F/G: 2

Total Points: 864



PETER JACKSON - CENTRE

Peter Jackson was only at the club for 2 seasons, but such was the impact he made in his 43 appearances his selection was justified. Smart & elusive, his skills saw him shine at State and International level. Peter passed away tragically in 1997 but he will be long remembered by league fans world-wide.

Matches for club: 43

Total Tries: 15

Total Goals: 6

Total Points: 72



JOHN FERGUSON - WING

One of the greatest crowd pleasers of the modern era, 'Chicka' proved that talent and class have no age when he came to the Raiders ion the twilight of his career and produced champagne footy time and time again. Scored the match-saving try in the 1989 Grand Final.

Matches for club: 94

Total Tries: 50

Total Points: 200



LAURIE DALEY - FIVE-EIGHTH

A Raiders legend who is immortalised in bronze at Canberra Stadium, Laurie Daley was the Raiders 'go-to' guy and always delivered in the big matches. Could sniff out opportunities and put men away but also had great timing in defence, rattling even the toughest of opponents at all levels.

Matches for club: 244

Total Tries: 87

Total Goals: 44

Total F/G: 9

Total Points: 445



RICKY STUART - HALFBACK

Possessing what was the greatest passing and kicking game in the world throughout his career, Ricky Stuart set new standards for Rugby League half-backs. Won numerous matches for the Raiders with precision kick placement, the 1990 Grand Final a memorable match when he won the Clive Churchill medal.

Matches for club: 203

Total Tries: 39

Total Goals: 7

Total F/G: 25

Total Points: 195



DAVID GRANT - PROP

'Nana' Grant came to Canberra from Balmain in 1982 and holds the honour of being the inaugural captain of the Canberra Raiders. A fierce, hard runner of the ball, Grant would often leave opposition defence dazed on the turf. Retired at the end of 1985 and Captain/Coached Kyogle 1987-1989. His life was sadly cut short by a heart attack in 1994 but 'Nana' will forever remain a Canberra Raiders immortal.

Matches for club: 75

Total Tries: 9

Total Points: 32



STEVE WALTERS - HOOKER

A fierce competitor, 'Boxhead' was adored by Raiders fans all over the world, particularly in QLD where he represented at Origin level so admirably. Had a great rivalry with Tiger rake Benny Elias at club and state level. Steve toured with the Kangaroos in 1994 after proving the difference in several matches throughout the regular season.

Matches for club: 228

Total Tries: 42

Total Points: 168



GLEN LAZARUS - PROP

Glen Lazarus established himself as one of the world's toughest players during his time in Canberra. Mentally prepared for any situation, Lazarus was a genuine Grand Final lucky charm, winning 2 with the Raiders before moving to Brisbane to take out 3 more premierships, then finishing his career when he led Melbourne to their stunning 1999 Grand Final win over the Dragons.

Matches for club: 92

Total Tries: 10

Total Points: 40



JASON CROKER - SECOND ROW

One of the best footballers to never make a Kangaroo Tour, Croker was one of the Raiders fans' favourites. Possesses incredible strength which gave him the ability to shrug off multiple defenders and stand in tackles for long periods. Is currently the all-time leading representative and try-scorer for the club.

Matches for club: 215*

Total Tries: 101*

Total Points: 404*

*Stats when team was announced



DAVID FURNER - SECOND ROW

Son of original Raiders coach Don, David Furner retired as the greatest point-scoring forward in Australian Rugby League history. Furner's work ethic and class showed when he was rewarded with NSW and Australian selection. Won the Clive Churchill award in the 1994 Grand Final.

Matches for club: 200

Total Tries: 49

Total Goals: 511

Total F/G: 1

Total Points: 1219



BRADLEY CLYDE - LOCK

A devastating ball-runner and tireless worker in defence, Brad Clyde raised the bar for back-rowers in the early nineties. Was regarded by many as the best player in the world for a good period even though injuries disrupted his career. Winner of the Clive Churchill award in the 1989 and 1991 Grand Finals.

Matches for club: 178

Total Tries: 39

Total Points: 156