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Canberra Raiders fire NRL coach Furner

August 20, 2013

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Canberra Raiders have fired coach David Furner after reports of a player revolt.

Australian Associated Press reported Furner was fired at a board meeting Tuesday after as many as nine players told directors they were struggling to work with him.

Assistant coach Andrew Dunemann will take over for the remainder of the National Rugby League season. Canberra is in ninth place on the NRL standings, and still in with a chance of reaching the playoffs.

Canberra issued a statement saying the board felt “the team’s inconsistent performances were not reflective of the talent within the squad,” but added that it was “one of the saddest days in the club’s history.”

Furner’s brother, Don, is the chief executive at the club and their father is a former Raiders coach.

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