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Riders linebackers quietly chipping in

Right now the defence is the engine driving the Roughriders to victory. Most of the love and attention so far has been directed towards the defensive line, specifically defensive end John Chick, and the defensive backs.

Overlooked through this three-game-win streak that has seemed to turn the Riders season around, have been the linebackers. Every game, Sam Hurl and Brian Peters have been the second line of defence.

Taj Smith getting another chance

Taj Smith will remain with the Green and White after being charged for violating the terms of his release.

The receiver's conditions are in place because of aggravated assault charges stemming from a fight outside of a bar in Regina last summer.

Rider fans buying up new jersey

The newest jersey from the Saskatchewan Roughriders is selling well after its unveiling Friday.

“We’ve seen them moving very, very well out of the stores,” said Mark Habicht, the team’s director of retail operations.

“Sales have been great. I’m happy and unhappy to report that the website actually crashed for a little while because we had so much demand online and unfortunately demand exceeded supply.”

Photos/Video: Riders release images of new special edition jersey

Thanks to help from Rider Nation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have released images of the new special edition jersey.

The jersey is part of Reebok's new CFL Signature uniforms. The new jersey will be worn by each team twice the season as well as in seasons to follow.

Players on each team got their first glimpse of the new uniforms already, including Rider Rob Bagg (see the video below).

Defence comes to the rescue in Riders 23-17 over Winnipeg

The Saskatchewan Roughriders managed to pull off a gutsy win Thursday night in Winnipeg beating the Blue Bombers 23-17.

The Riders had a short week, an extended road trip and problems off the field. The team also had 17 penalties in the game, some of which kept the Bombers' drives alive.

Somehow, the Riders still pulled off an ugly game at a sold-out Investors Group Field.

Roughriders third strongest sports brand in Canada

Despite its size compared to other sports franchises, the Saskatchewan Roughriders still have one of the most recognizable sports brands in Canada.

Insightrix Research Inc. recently asked more than 2,600 sports fans online questions about different teams and how fans perceived them. The Riders had the third strongest brand among sports franchises in Canada. The Montreal Canadiens had the strongest while the Toronto Maple Leafs had the second strongest.

Blue Bomber fans living in Rider Nation hope for a win

In recent years it has really not been easy being a Blue Bomber fan, particularly not when you live in Rider Nation.

The Roughriders face the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg for the first of three regular season games, but not all football fans in Saskatchewan will be cheering for the green and white.

Dennis Dyck was born in Winnipeg and raised in southern Manitoba, but he has lived in Yorkton since the 80s.

“It’s been a very difficult last couple of years, it really has,” he said.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Blue Bombers depth charts

The Riders close out their two-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg against the 5-1 Blue Bombers.

Attached are the depth chart for both teams. Printable versions can be found at the bottom of the page.

GAME DAY: Riders, Bombers clash in West Division showdown

The Riders are facing a huge test Thursday night as they battle the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Manitoba capital.

The team's mental toughness will be put to the test having been on the road for nearly a week. Because of the quick turnaround between the games in Ottawa and Winnipeg, the coaching staff decided it was best to stay in the nation's capital for practice this week rather than come back to the Queen City.

Huskies add former CFL standout to coaching staff

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies football program is welcoming a new member to the coaching staff.

Former CFLer Scott Flory will join head coach Brian Towriss' staff as the team's offensive-run game co-ordinator. 

Flory played offensive line for the Montreal Alouettes for 15 years, making the all-star team nine times and winning Grey Cups in 2002, 2009 and 2010. 

Before his time in the CFL, Flory played his university ball with the Huskies from 1994 to 1998.

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