Danny Sculthorpe

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Danny Sculthorpe
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Personal information
Full nameDaniel Sculthorpe
Born (1979-09-08) 8 September 1979 (age 39)
Oldham, Greater Manchester, England
Height191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight106 kg (16 st 10 lb) [1]
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996–97 Leeds Rhinos 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Warrington Wolves 0 0 0 0 0
1998–01 Rochdale Hornets 0 0 0 0 0
2001–06 Wigan Warriors 72 8 0 0 32
2006–07 Castleford Tigers 19 0 0 0 17
2007–09 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 39 1 0 0 0
2009 Huddersfield Giants 13 0 0 0 0
Total 143 9 0 0 49
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003 England A 3 0 0 0 0
As of 19 April 2010
Source: [2][3]

Danny Sculthorpe (born 8 September 1979), also known by the nickname of "Scully", is an English former professional rugby league footballer. He last played as a prop for the Widnes Vikings (Heritage №), he also played for the Rochdale Hornets, Wigan Warriors (Heritage № 952),[4] Castleford Tigers (Heritage №), Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Heritage № 1246), and the Huddersfield Giants.[2][3]


Sculthorpe was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, he is the younger brother of former player Paul Sculthorpe.


Sculthorpe started his career as an academy player at Leeds. In 1997, he was sold to Warrington as part of the £350,000 transfer of Iestyn Harris from Warrington to Leeds.[5] In 1998, after being deemed surplus to requirements by Warrington, he was signed by Rochdale Hornets on a free transfer.[6]

Sculthorpe was signed by Wigan Warriors in December 2001,[7] he injured his back training with weights in January 2002, keeping him out of the Wigan first team squad. He returned to fitness with a four-week loan spell at his former club, Rochdale. Wigan coach Stuart Raper commented: "Danny is fit, but we've nowhere to play him. At Rochdale he's in an environment he'll be comfortable in and it will enable us to assess his return to fitness, it is another step on his road back to match action."[citation needed]

Raper's confidence in Sculthorpe was confirmed when he was recalled from Rochdale in September 2002, he made his first team début on his 23rd birthday, helping the Warriors to crush St Helens, a team that contained his brother Paul, 48-8 at the JJB Stadium. He consolidated his position as a first team regular during 2003. In 2004 Danny signed a new 3-year contract with Wigan despite speculation linking him with a move to St Helens. Assistant coach Denis Betts said: "I never had any doubt that Danny would stay here, he has developed into a top-quality player and we are pleased he has committed his future to us." He spent 2006's Super League XI on loan at Castleford Tigers from Wigan, before joining Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for 2007's Super League XII.[citation needed]

Sculthorpe joined Huddersfield Giants in a swap loan deal with Michael Korkidas, before moving on to Bradford, he failed to make a single appearance for Bradford after his diabetes forced him into taking a year off from the sport.[8] His contract with Bradford ended and he quickly moved onto the Widnes Vikings in the Championship before leaving the club at the end of the 2011 season.[9]

International career[edit]

Danny toured South Africa in 2001 with the U21 England squad, coached by Wigan assistant coach John Kear, he was later named in the 2003 England A squad to face Australia, and to play in the European Nations Cup.[3]

Sculthorpe was also picked to play for Lancashire in the 2003 Origin match.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Sculthorpe was diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager.[10]

In 2015, Sculthorpe was awarded compensation for a training injury he suffered while at Bradford Bulls.[11]


  1. ^ "Yahoo Sport New Zealand Player Profile". web page. Yahoo New Zealand. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Heritage Numbers - In Debut Order". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Hadfield, Dave (3 April 1997). "Rugby League: Van de Velde joins Warrington as Harris departs". The Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ Hadfield, Dave (12 June 1998). "Rugby league: Goulding back in fold". The Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  7. ^ Whalley, John (3 December 2001). "St Helens swell jackpot to £2m". Telegraph. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Sculthorpe sinks his claws into Wildcats boss Kear". Telegraph and Argus. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Danny Sculthorpe released by Widnes Vikings". Liverpool Echo. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Back to the Clinic - Diabetes". Channel 4 Embarrassing Illnesses. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Danny Sculthorpe given compensation for career-ending training injury". The Guardian. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2016.

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