Justin Murphy (rugby league)
Justin Murphy is a former rugby league footballer who represented France and played in the National Rugby League and Super League competitions. While with the Brisbane Broncos, he played for the Past Brothers in the Queensland Cup. Murphy played for the New Zealand Warriors on the wing in their 2002 NRL Grand Final loss to the Sydney Roosters. Murphy joined the Catalans Dragons club at the end of 2004 when the club was in the national French competition, he established himself as one of the better players, topping the try scoring charts and helping the club become the first French team to go through a season without defeat, winning the Coupe de France and the French championship where he was man of the match in the Final. It was his first full season in Super League, he finished as Top try-scorer in 2006's Super League XI with 26 tries and making the Super League "Dream Team" despite his team, the Catalans Dragons coming bottom of the table. In 2007, Murphy rose to public attention after suffering a spectacular injury in a match against Wigan Warriors.
While running to try and claim a chip kick, he was pushed innocuously in the back by Pat Richards and went flying towards the advertising hoardings which surround the pitch. Trying to jump over the danger, his feet caught the hoardings and his neck and back were slammed into the concrete steps at the bottom of the stand. Murphy played on for an hour before being substituted, where it was revealed he had broken ribs and he was subsequently sidelined for 6 weeks, he was part of the French squad for the 2008 World Cup. Following retirement, Murphy moved to Toowoomba. Collected Justin Murphy articles Saints top Dream Team nominations Vikings swoop for Murphy Justin Murphy Bulldogs Profile
Daniel "Danny" Phillip McGuire is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half or stand-off for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He has played for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. McGuire is a former Great England International stand-off or scrum-half, he played for the Leeds Rhinos. Winning a total of eight Super League Championships and two Challenge Cups. To add three World Club Challenge Championships and three League Leaders' Shield's, he has won the Harry Sunderland Trophy for the'Man-of-the-Match' Award in two Grand Finals, 2015 and 2017. One of only three men to do so. Alongside his former team-mates Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow. McGuire was the first player to score 200 tries in the Super League and he became the highest try-scorer in the competition's history in 2012. Surpassing his former team-mate, Keith Senior. McGuire was born in West Yorkshire, England. McGuire signed for the Leeds Rhinos from local team East Leeds A. R. L. F. C.. He plays in the halves as a scrum-half or stand-off.
McGuire impressed for the Academy side and made his début for the Leeds Rhinos' first-grade team at Headingley Stadium, against the Salford City Reds on 6 July 2001. By the start of the 2003 Super League season, McGuire had established himself as a first-team regular, he ended the 2004 season having scored 39 tries in all competitions, including a Super League record of five in one match against the Widnes Vikings. He finished with one fewer than the Bradford Bulls' Lesley Vainikolo. McGuire's superb form resulted in him being awarded the Rugby League Writers Association -'Player of the Year.' To add him being named in the 2004 Tetley's Super League Dream Team. The Leeds Rhinos won the 2004 League Leaders' Shield, with Danny playing a pivotal role in their accomplishment. McGuire played at halfback in the Leeds Rhinos' 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls, with Danny scoring a try, a game which ended the Leeds Rhinos' 32-year wait for the Championship; as Super League IX Champions, the Leeds Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season Premiers, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge.
McGuire scored a try in the Leeds Rhinos' 39-32 victory. He played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final from the interchange bench, in their loss against Hull F. C.. McGuire suffered a defeat in the 2005 Super League Grand Final, a rematch of the 2004 Final against the Bradford Bulls. McGuire scored the Leeds Rhinos' only try, in a 15-6 defeat. McGuire played in the 2007 Super League Grand Final this time defeating St. Helens, by a score of 33-6; this happened again in the 2008 Super League Grand Final again, defeating St. Helens, in a closer affair than the year before; the Leeds Rhinos' subsequently winning the match, 24-16. With McGuire scoring two tries in the second half to ensure victory, he was part of the Leeds Rhinos' 2008 World Club Challenge winning squad, defeating the 2007 NRL Season Premiers, the Melbourne Storm, recording a final score of 11-4. McGuire's fourth grand final came in the 2009 Super League Grand Final, when the Leeds Rhinos defeated St. Helens for a third-year in a row, by a score of 18-10.
McGuire won his second League Leaders' Shield in 2009 with the Leeds Rhinos. After winning three titles in a row the Leeds Rhinos struggled in 2010. McGuire excelled though, scoring 27 tries in 32 games, his equal best since his excellent 2004 season. McGuire's season ended in controversy though, during the Leeds Rhinos' win in their first play-off match against the eventual Champions the Wigan Warriors. With just moments remaining in the match, the Leeds Rhinos led 27-26, when the Wigan Warriors broke down the left of the field, McGuire was adjudged to have pulled back the Wigan Warriors' George Carmont, preventing him from scoring a potential match-winning try, but in doing so, McGuire suffered a serious knee injury which would rule him out for up to six months. Meaning he'd miss the remainder of the season and the start of the next. Former Wigan Warriors star Phil Clarke, caused further controversy by writing, “Perhaps the rugby Gods have punished him, for his unsportsmanlike play.” The comments were posted on his blog on the Sky Sports website.
McGuire played at stand-off for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final, lost to the Wigan Warriors. His fifth and latest Grand Final win again, against St. Helens, came in 2011, with the Leeds Rhinos coming from 5th in the regular season table to win 32-16, in the 2011 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. McGuire was part of the Leeds Rhinos side that won the 2012 World Club Challenge 26-12, gainst the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. McGuire tasted victory in the 2012 Super League Grand Final against the Warrington Wolves, he represented the Leeds Rhinos in a victorious 2014 Challenge Cup Final against the Castleford Tigers, recording a 10-23 success. The Leeds Rhinos won the 2015 League Leaders' Shield; the Leeds Rhinos claimed the spoils in the 2015 Super League Grand Final, in a thrilling encounter against the Wigan Warriors winning the game 20-22, which wrapped-up the domestic treble for the club. McGuire's final game for the Leeds Rhinos came in the 2017 Super League Grand Final.
Were the Leeds Rhinos defeated the Castleford Tigers, 6-24, with McGuire scoring two tries and kicking a drop-goal, on his farewell appearance for the Leeds Rhinos. McGuire signed a two-year deal to play for Hull Kingston Rovers in the 2018 and 2019 Super League seasons. Danny made his début for Hull Kingston Rovers on 2 February 2018, in a 6-28 defeat at the hands of Wakefield Trinity, he scored his first try for H
Kirk Yeaman is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays for Hull F. C. in the Super League. An England international representative centre, he previously played for Great Britain, has played his entire club football career to date with Hull, he made 374 appearances for the Black & Whites, hung up his boots at the end of the 2016 season after a stellar 15-year career with the club but came out of retirement in May 2018 to register for Hull F. C. due to the number of injury problems the club had. Yeaman came up through the ranks at Hull, a centre, likened to Jamie Lyon and a proven try scorer, he scored 17 tries at the end of the 2005 season and an impressive tally in 2006 that took him over the 20 try mark. Hull reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against St. Helens, Yeaman played at centre in his side's 4-26 loss, his performances in 2006 saw. Despite some injuries, he was called up to the Tri Nations in Australia, playing in two matches. Kirk signed a three-year contract extension with Hull, he remained with the club until the end of the 2010 season.
He has been forced to rule himself out contention for the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup through injury. Yeaman has a 2005 Challenge Cup winners medal after Hull beat Leeds 25-24 in the first August Challenge Cup Final, he was a member of the Hull squad that reached the 2006 Super League Grand Final and was a double try scorer In Hull's 28-16 defeat against St. Helens in the 2008 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium In 2011, Yeaman was rewarded for his form with Hull by being called up to the England Squad along with wing partner Tom Briscoe for the Four Nations, he was included in the Super League Dream Team, again along with Briscoe. On 3 June 2016 a try against Widnes took Kirk over the 700 point mark for Hull, consisting of 175 tries. Kirk is only the second player in Hull's history to score 700 points without kicking a single goal; the late Clive Sullivan MBE is the other. Yeaman is 3rd on Hull's all time try scoring list with 175. Only Clive Sullivan and Ivor Watts are ahead of him.
The table below shows a cumulative points and scoring records for Yeaman at the end of the 2013 Super League season
Kevin Sinfield, MBE is the Director of Rugby, for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League, an English former professional rugby league footballer, who captained the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. His usual position was loose forward, although he sometimes played both hooker. Sinfield played his entire professional career with Leeds and is one of the most successful players in the Super League history, having captained the team to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup successes, he earned individual accolades as winner of the Lance Todd Trophy, Harry Sunderland Trophy twice and the Golden Boot, one of only four British-based players to win the latter. He holds records as the highest points-scorer in Super League history, the third highest points-scorer in British rugby league history, Leeds' record points scorer. Sinfield is the only captain to have led a team to win three consecutive Super League titles, he won 26 caps for England, who he captained, 14 caps for Great Britain.
Sinfield played one season for Yorkshire Carnegie. After his playing career ended. Sinfield was born in Greater Manchester, England. Sinfield starting his playing career at Waterhead A. R. L. F. C. Who produced talent such as Barrie McDermott, Paul Sculthorpe, Danny Sculthorpe, Paul Highton, Lee Jewitt, Marc Sneyd and Gareth Owen, he signed for Leeds RLFC in August 1997. Sinfield made his first team début for Leeds aged 16 against Sheffield Eagles, he went on to make three further appearances during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, scoring his first try against Huddersfield in September 1998. 1999 was a breakthrough season for Sinfield, making scoring 2 tries. He was unlucky not to be selected for the 1999 Challenge Cup Final at the old Wembley Stadium. Leeds defeated the London Broncos 52–16. Sinfield was a member of the England squad for the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, notably scoring a hat-trick of tries in a 76–4 victory over Russia. During the 2001 Kangaroo tour he played for Great Britain in all three Ashes Tests against the Australians.
Sinfield played for Leeds at stand-off in the 2003 Challenge Cup Final against Bradford Bulls, kicking four goals in his side's defeat. He played for Great Britain in the 2nd and 3rd Ashes Tests of the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. Sinfield played for Leeds at stand-off, kicking four goals in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against Bradford; as Super League IX champions, Leeds faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Sinfield captained Leeds from stand-off, kicking five goals and one drop goal in their 39–32 victory. Sinfield played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final at stand-off, kicking four goals in their loss against Hull F. C. but being awarded the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match nonetheless. He played for Leeds at loose forward, kicking a goal in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls, he was named in 2005's Super League Dream Team. Sinfield was selected to play for Great Britain in the end-of-season 2005 Tri-nations tournament.
He was named in 2006's Super League Dream Team. In 2007, Sinfield became the first Leeds player to score in every round of a Super League season, a feat which he repeated in the 2011 season including kicking 6 out of 7 goals in the Rhinos' fourth Grand final victory over St. Helens in 5 years. In the post-season Sinfield played for Great Britain against the 2007 All Golds Tourists. Sinfield celebrated his testimonial season in 2008, he was the man-of-the-match, scoring seven points. During the season Sinfield set a club record by scoring in 63 consecutive matches, he set a Super League record by scoring in 52 consecutive Super League games. Sinfield scored his 2,000th point for the club as Leeds defeated St Helens for the second successive year in the 2008 Super League Grand Final. Leeds won 24–16, with Sinfield kicking four goals, it was the first time Leeds had won back-to-back titles. It was the first time that a Super League team had won both the World Club Challenge, the Grand Final in the same calendar year.
He was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia. Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played at loose forward and kicked four goals from six attempts in England's victory. During the 2009 season, Sinfield became only the second player, after Lewis Jones, to score 1,000 goals for Leeds. Sinfield capped the 2009 season by winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy for his performance as he led Leeds to victory in a third successive Grand Final. Leeds defeated St Helens 18–10, with Sinfield scoring six of the points, including a drop goal. With victory, Sinfield became the first player in history to captain four championship-winning teams, he dedicated the win to the deceased former Leeds player John Holmes. After that he played for England in the 2009 Four Nations tournament. Sinfield was selected to play for England against France in the one-off test in 2010. Sinfield captained Leeds from stand-off in the 2011 Challenge Cup final, kicking only one goal from four attempts in their loss against Wigan.
However at the end of the season he extended his record to captaining five championship-winning teams after Leeds Rhinos' victory over St Helens in the 2011 Super League Grand Final. Sinfield played a pivotal role in the England team in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations, which involved games against Australia, New Zealand and Wales, they reached the Gillette Four Nations Final courtesy of coming 2nd in the group table, with Sinfield kicking two goals England lo
Jonathan David Wilkin is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Toronto Wolfpack in the Betfred Championship. A Great Britain and England international representative forward, he played for Hull Kingston Rovers before moving to Saints. Wilkin has won The Observer's first Community Champion Award. Wilkin started his career at Hull Kingston Rovers, he made his debut for the club in 2002, his only season at his boyhood club as he signed for Super League side St Helens for the 2003 season. Wilkin soon broke into the first team and has been dubbed by some as one of the most promising running backs in the game. By the age of 24, Wilkin had played in some high octane matches. Wilkin did not feature in the competition; however the 2006 season was a new high point in Jon's career. He was a key member of the treble-winning team as Saints won the 2006 Challenge Cup where he played with a broken nose. St Helens reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against Hull FC, Wilkin played at second-row in Saints' 26–4 victory.
He was included in the 25-man squad for the 2006 Tri-Nations Tour of New Zealand. Wilkin made his international début from the bench at the Aussie Stadium, Sydney on 4 November 2006 against Australia, he came off the bench in two further games in that series, the first against New Zealand in Wellington, the second against Australia in Brisbane. The icing on the cake for Wilkin and St. Helens came when they won the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year Team of the Year award, with Daniel Anderson taking the Best Coach honour. Wilkin was recognised for his good season by being named in the 2006 Super League Dream Team; as 2006 Super League champions, St Helens faced 2006 NRL Premiers the Brisbane Broncos in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Wilkin played at loose forward in the Saints' 18–14 victory. Jon was awarded community volunteer of 2008 at a ceremony in Manchester. Jon said of his achievement "All those hours of helping others is part of my job". Jon went on to thank, amongst others, author Rudyard Kipling whose poem'If' is a prominent influence in his life.
He played in 2008's Super League XIII Grand Final defeat by Leeds. Wilkin was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia. Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played from the interchange bench in England's victory. Wilkin ended his 16 year assosiation with St Helens and signed for Toronto Wolfpack ahead of the 2019 season. In January 2012, it was announced that Wilkin was to be the first chairman of the newly founded Players' Association. In 2015, Wilkin opened an independent coffee shop with former Saints team mate Mark Flanagan in Manchester city centre. St Helens profile Statistics at rugby-league.com Profile at saints.org.uk Saints' Wilkin gets two-match ban
David Hodgson (rugby league)
David Hodgson is an English current rugby league coach, former rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and Yorkshire, at club level for, Wigan Warriors, Salford City Reds, Huddersfield Giants and Hull Kingston Rovers, as a fullback, wing, or centre, he has coached at club level for Hull Kingston Rovers. David began his career at Halifax in 1999, before moving to Wigan in 2000, a tribunal fixing a £45,000 fee. Hodgson played for the Wigan Warriors on the wing, scoring a try in their 2000 Super League Grand Final loss against St. Helens. In 2003 he was Wigan's top try scorer with 20. Hodgson played for the Wigan Warriors at centre in the 2003 Super League Grand Final, lost to the Bradford Bulls. David signed for the Reds from Wigan when his contract was up at the end of 2004, following bad injury. Prior to joining Salford he had made 122 Super League appearances, he regained full fitness at Salford, had a fantastic 2006– which saw him named in the GB standby squad for the Tri-Nations, the engage Super League Dream Team and being named Supporter's Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year at the Reds' prestigious annual awards ceremony.
The club finished their highest in Super League, went on to the end of season play-offs for the first time. On 11 March 2006, David Hodgson scored a club Super League record 8 successful goal kicks – despite having never kicked a goal before the start of the 2006 season. In September 2007 he signed for the Huddersfield Giants, following Salford's relegation from Super League On 18 July 2011, David Hodgson signed a three-year deal with his Hometown team Hull Kingston Rovers. On 10 November he made his first appearance of Great Britain's test series against New Zealand and scored. In June 2007 Hodgson was called up to the Great Britain squad for the Test match against FranceHe was named in the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, he was named in the England team to face Wales at the Keepmoat Stadium prior to England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. On 3 October 2014, David Hodgson announced his retirement and he signed a two-year contract to stay at his Hometown team Hull Kingston Rovers as an assistant coach, along with Willie Poching.
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A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing - used for affection. The term hypocoristic is used to refer to a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond, compared with a term of endearment, it is a form of amusement. As a concept, it is distinct from both pseudonym and stage name, from a title, although there may be overlap in these concepts. "Moniker" means a nickname or personal name.. The compound word ekename meaning "additional name", was attested as early as 1303; this word was derived from the Old English phrase eaca "an increase", related to eacian "to increase". By the 15th century, the misdivision of the syllables of the phrase "an ekename" led to its rephrasing as "a nekename". Though the spelling has changed, the pronunciation and meaning of the word have remained stable since. To inform an audience or readership of a person's nickname without calling them by their nickname, English nicknames are represented in quotes between the bearer's first and last names.
However, it is common for the nickname to be identified after a comma following the full real name or in the body of the text, such as in an obituary. The middle name is eliminated in speech. Like English, German uses quotation marks between the last names. Other languages may use other conventions; the latter may cause confusion because it resembles an English convention sometimes used for married and maiden names. In Viking societies, many people had heiti, viðrnefni, or kenningarnöfn which were used in addition to, or instead of the first name. In some circumstances, the giving of a nickname had a special status in Viking society in that it created a relationship between the name maker and the recipient of the nickname, to the extent that the creation of a nickname often entailed a formal ceremony and an exchange of gifts known in Old Norse as nafnfestr. Slaves have used nicknames, so that the master who heard about someone doing something could not identify the slave. In capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, the slaves had nicknames to protect them from being caught, as practising capoeira was illegal for decades.
In Anglo-American culture, a nickname is based on a shortening of a person's proper name. However, in other societies, this may not be the case. For example: "my nickname is farmer Phil" In Indian society, for example people have at least one nickname and these affection names are not related to the person's proper name. Indian nicknames often are a trivial word or a diminutive. In Hispanic culture, a nickname is used for a term of endearment and family love, for example: "Papi", it is a colloquial term for “daddy” in Spanish, but in many Spanish-speaking cultures in the Caribbean, it is used as a general term of affection for any man, whether it's a relative, friend, or love. In Australian society, Australian men will give ironic nicknames. For example, a man with red hair will be given the nickname'Blue' or'Bluey'. A tall man will be called ` an obese person ` Slim' and so on. In England, some nicknames are traditionally associated with a person's surname. A man with the surname'Clark' will be nicknamed'Nobby': the surname'Miller' will have the nickname'Dusty': the surname'Adams' has the nickname'Nabby'.
There are several other nicknames linked traditionally with a person's surname, including Chalky White, Bunny Warren, Tug Wilson, Spud Baker. Other English nicknames allude to a person's origins. A Scotsman may be nicknamed'Jock', an Irishman'Paddy' or'Mick', a Welshman may be nicknamed'Taffy'; some nicknames referred to a person's physical characteristics, such as'Lofty' for a short person, or'Curly' for a bald man. Traditional English nicknaming - for men rather than women - was common through the first half of the 20th century, was used in the armed services during World War I and World War II, but has become less common since then. In Chinese culture, nicknames are used within a community among relatives and neighbors. A typical southern Chinese nickname begins with a "阿" followed by another character the last character of the person's given name. For example, Taiwanese politician Chen Shui-bian is sometimes referred as "阿扁". In many Chinese communities of Southeast Asia, nicknames may connote one's occupation or status.
For example, the landlord might be known as Towkay to his tenants or workers while a bread seller would be called "Mianbao Shu" 面包叔. Among Cantonese-speaking communities, the character "仔" may be used in a similar context of "Junior" in Western naming practices. Many writers, performing artists, actors have nicknames, which may