The Canberra Raiders have announced their Hall of Fame class of 2021 members tonight, during the club’s online season launch.
Club legends Brett Mullins #118, David Furner #135, Ken Nagas #146, and Ruben Wiki #153 join a prestigious group of players and coaches who have already been previously inducted.
2022 Season Launch: Hall of Fame interviews
In 2019 the Canberra Raiders started a new Hall of Fame to recognise past players, coaches and individuals who have contributed significantly to the club. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the club’s maiden premiership in 1989, 13 players and former Coach Tim Sheens were inducted as the first members of the Canberra Raiders Hall of Fame at the 2019 Season Launch.
In total, 21 individuals are now honoured in the Raiders Hall of Fame, and these people are recognised on the Club's website and at the Raiders Centre in Braddon.
Annually, Hall of Fame rules specify that up to 4 additional inductees can be admitted each season.
The four 2021 inductees were due to be inducted at the 2021 Meninga Medal dinner, but with the COVID lockdown the event was postponed to this year’s season launch.
Canberra Raiders Hall of Fame, 2021 Inductees
Raider #118, Brett Mullins
A Riverina product who hailed from Young NSW, Mullins debuted with the Raiders at First Grade level in Round 22 of the 1990 season as a winger. Possessing extraordinary pace and agility, characterised by an effortless running style that showcased perfect balance.
Brett was the first player in Club history to amass 100 tries at NRL level. Mullins played for the Green Machine from 1990-2000, making 183 top-grade appearances and scoring a remarkable 105 tries. He was a premiership player in 1994.
Raider #135, David Furner
From Club ball boy to premiership player, then Head Coach, the Queanbeyan junior’s total NRL ‘caps’ for the Green Machine provides one of the best examples of local junior development by the Club.
A clever ball-playing backrower, Furner debuted for the Raiders in the second round of 1992 against Manly-Warringah, and by the end of his playing career in 2000 had played first grade 200 times. He scored 1218 points during his career and was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal in the 1994 Grand Final win.
Raider #146, Ken Nagas
Nagas represented the Australian Schoolboys on the tour of England in 1991 before being recruited by the Raiders from Kyogle in northern NSW. He debuted the following season for the Green Machine on the wing, in the final round of the regular season.
The majestic outside back endured a successful 11-year career at the Raiders and collected a premiership in 1994. In total he made 142 first grade appearances and scored 59 tries.
Raider #153, Ruben Wiki
Wiki ventured from South Auckland to Canberra in 1992 after representing the Junior Kiwis and NZ Maoris. He was attracted to the Raiders when presented with the opportunity to meet and play alongside Mal Meninga, whom he would partner in the centres in only his second season in first grade to win a premiership.
Ruben’s career with the Green Machine spanned 224 matches from 1993-2004, he ultimately ended up as the Raiders forward pack leader, and in total he scored 60 tries.