Canberra Raiders

Full Name: Canberra Raiders
Rugby League Club
Nicknames: The Green Machine
Founded: 1981
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
City: Canberra
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The team from Australia’s capital have had only limited success since the glory days of the early 90’s, they have however always been there or thereabouts when it comes to the end of season play offs. Could this be the season when the Raiders start to move back up the table?

Canberra Raiders NRL

The Canberra Raiders are one of the newer Rugby League sides in the NRL but that has not stopped them from putting their mark on the Premiership.

From having some of the biggest names in the sport play for them to playing in Grand Finals and from featuring State of Origin representatives of both Blue and Maroon persuasion to bene the starting point for a number of English stars down under, the club have offered lots over the year.

In the modern era, the club have become famed for their Viking branding, with their mascot been a Viking known as Victor the Viking, who helps start every home game with the playing of the Viking horn followed by a Viking clap.

With a host of English stars playing for the club, including the likes of Josh Hodgson, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, Ryan Sutton, and George Williams, it is no surprise that so many fans over on this side of the world have taken on the Raiders as there second club.

If that is you, the great news is that here at RLBet, we preview and predict each and every match up featuring the Canberra Raiders.

Location

The Raiders are based in the Australian capital city of Canberra, a purpose built city made up mostly of administrators but despite that, the club have built up a huge and loyal fanbase, that are known for their colourful and vocal support.

Stadium

Canberra Stadium, formerly known as the Bruce Stadium, which also goes by sponsored names, is home to the Raiders and thanks to is open nature and oval shape, it is an easy to recognise stadium in the NRL.

The ground is capable of hosting 25,000 fans and is regularly full of home matches featuring Canberra.

The stadium is located next to the world famous Australian Institute of Sport and was first built back in 1974 for the Pacific Conference Games.

For the first 7 years of their existence, the club played at the Seiffert Oval, located in Queanbeyan but there new city centre location has made them part of the sporting fabric of Canberra.

Rivals

As a relatively young club and an expansion club, the Raiders do not have the same history and long standing rivalry’s as many teams from the sport heartlands.

The matches that carry the most importance for Canberra and the biggest and best atmospheres in the stands tends to be the matches against teams that they are battling it out over league positions with at any given time.

Matches against the giants of the sport, such as the Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters do off course attract big crowds and with one of the most vocal fanbases from one round to the next, the fans never let them down on the big occasions.

End of season play-offs, or finals as the locals would call them, also have an atmosphere to match any big derby day in any sport.

Colours / Playing Kit

If the cubs moniker of the Raiders makes their Viking branding make sense, the clubs other big nickname of ‘The Green Machine’ will leave you unsurprised that the clubs main colour is green.

The home shirt tends to be mostly lime green, with white, blue, and gold touches whilst the clubs away kits tends to be mostly white, with touches of green, blue, and gold.

This colour scheme was chosen as a way of separating them from all other clubs in the now NRL and to make them easily recognisable, something that their kit still does to this very day.

History

The Canberra Raiders were founded on the 30th March 1981 and joined the National Rugby League (NRL), then the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership, in 1982 as an expansion team.

Since then the club have continued to enjoy success and have won everything that there is to win domestically, both good and bad.

Canberra have won a number of Premierships (league titles), they have finished runners-up on a number of occasions including 2019 when they were incredibly unfortunate that a referring mix-up all but cost them the game.

They picked up the Minor Premier in 1990 and they also have 1 wooden spoon to their name.

Over the past decade and under the stewardship of Ricky Stewart, the Raiders have continued to look across the globe to the Super League for their recruitment and this has made them hugely popular with fans of the sport in Europe.

From singing Aussies and Kiwi’s from the Super League to signing England internationals, the club are now a whose who of the Super League.

This has proven to be a hugely successful formula for the Raiders and has seen them move from a club struggling to reach the end of season finals, to now been one of the favourites for the Grand Final.

If you have found yourself becoming a fan of the Raiders or you are simply interested in watching / betting on their next match, the great news for all Rugby supporters is that here at RLBet we preview and predict every Canberra Raiders match and bring you all of the information you could ever need to make the most out of betting or simply enjoying following every Raiders National Rugby League match up.