Shane Rodney is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the London Broncos of Super League. He played for the Penrith Panthers, winning the 2003 NRL premiership with them, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles whom he won the 2011 NRL Grand Final with. Rodney plays at lock or in the second-row. In 2019 Rodney will coach the St Marys Saints Sydney Shield side. Following a bull-riding accident when he was 15, Rodney decided to give up rodeoing and concentrate on rugby league as the "safer" option. A Penrith junior with Riverstone and Emu Plains JRLFC, in 2002 Rodney was selected to play for the New South Wales under-19 squad, he made his NRL début against Melbourne Storm in round 20, 2002. The following season Rodney played from the interchange bench in the 2003 NRL grand final-winning Penrith Panthers team which defeated the Sydney Roosters, 18–6; as 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge.
Rodney played from the interchange bench in the Penrith's 22-4 loss. In 2004 Rodney was selected to represent for City in that year's City vs Country Origin match. Injured in round 23, 2006, Rodney did not return to the NRL playing field until June, 2008, he underwent surgery on his ankle and had two shoulder reconstructions. After seven years with the Panthers, Rodney signed with the Manly Sea Eagles for the 2009 season. Rodney won a second premiership as part of Manly's victorious 2011 NRL Grand Final squad. He, along with Joe Galuvao have played in the same premiership team twice, Galuvao being Rodney's teammate in Penrith's victorious 2003 NRL Grand Final squad. Rodney signed a deal with the Super League team, the London Broncos, for the 2012 season, reuniting with former 2003 NRL Grand Final teammate, Craig Gower. Rodney assumed goal-kicking duties a few times during the season. Https://westernweekender.com.au/2018/10/rodney-takes-charge-at-st-marys/ Manly Sea Eagles profile Penrith Panthers profile Shane Rodney at NRL Stats St Mary’s New Coach
Scott Sattler is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played during the 1990s and 2000s becoming the Football Manager of the Gold Coast Titans. A Queensland State of Origin representative lock, he played his club football for the Gold Coast Chargers from 1992 to 1993 as well as a second spell with the club between 1997 and 1998, he played for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1994, the South Queensland Crushers between 1995 and 1996, the Penrith Panthers between 1999 and 2003 and one season with the Wests Tigers in 2004. He is the son of former player John Sattler. Sattler was born in Camperdown, New South Wales, but moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland at a young age, his primary and early secondary schooling took place at Coombabah State School on the Gold Coast before taking up a sports scholarship at Nudgee College in Brisbane. He played his junior rugby league for the Runaway Bay Seagulls before signing for the Gold Coast Chargers. Sattler joined the Gold Coast Chargers as a junior from the Runaway Bay Seagulls junior club.
He made his first grade debut for the club against the Parramatta Eels at the age of twenty. Sattler joined the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1994 but his time with the club was a brief one, only making a single appearance off the bench for the club, he joined the South Queensland Crushers in 1995. He joined the club he began his career with, the Gold Coast Chargers, in 1997 for his second spell with the club. After his second spell with the Gold Coast club, Sattler moved to the Penrith Panthers in 1999, he was named as the first grade player of the year in 2001 after an impressive season. He will be best remembered for the moment in the 2003 NRL Grand Final in which he played at lock and made one of the greatest tackles in rugby league grand final history. During a pivotal point in the match, Sattler made a try-saving tackle when he chased down and made a textbook tackle on the Sydney Roosters winger Todd Byrne to send him over the touchline during his clubs 18 points to 6 victory of the Roosters.
A superb effort considering Sattler is a lock and Byrne is a winger. Reflecting on that tackle Sattler stated, "It was one tackle and when I was out on the field I didn’t think about it being a turning point in the game. You just focus on each tackle as they happen and do what you need to do to get the job done." After the 2003 season, in which Sattler won his first premiership, he left the club to join the Wests Tigers due to salary cap restrictions. After it was announced that Sattler would be leaving the club he stated, "This is the perfect way to leave the club. I'm looking forward to going to Wests Tigers next year and playing a senior role." Sattler joined the Wests Tigers in 2004 where he played one season for the club before retiring from rugby league. That year he was named captain. During that year, Sattler was named as the player of the tournament at the Wests Tigers 2004 World Sevens Championship victory. After his final year in rugby league, Sattler required a knee operation to undergo a cartilage graft.
In total he played 203 first grade games for five different clubs. Sattler named his most respected opponents throughout his career as Tony Butterfield and Luke Ricketson. In 2003, Scott Sattler became the second oldest player, after Arthur Beetson, to be selected for the Queensland State of Origin team, he made only one appearance for his state. In 2006, it was announced that Scott Sattler had signed for the Gold Coast Titans as the Football Manager for the club. Upon signing for the club, Sattler commented, "Having made my First Grade debut with the Gold Coast and playing all my junior football here I feel I have an emotional attachment to the club. I have experienced the highs and lows of Rugby League and I feel I can draw on those experiences into assisting the mould we want at this club. Sattler resigned from his position as football manager with the Titans in January, 2008, citing the pursuit of other business interests as his reason. Official coaching profile Queensland representatives at qrl.com.au
Samoa national rugby league team
The Samoa national rugby league team represents Samoa in rugby league football and has been participating in international competition since 1986. Known as Western Samoa prior to 1997, the team is administered by Rugby League Samoa and are nicknamed Toa Samoa. Western Samoa has particip in the Pacific Cup, World Sevens, Super League World Nines, World Cup and Pacific Rim competitions. Since 1998 the team has been known as Samoa. Western Samoa made their debut in the 1986 Pacific Cup. Joe Raymond coached this side to a final. Joe Raymond went on to coach them again in 1988 and would return again to coach them 10 years in 1998 in a one off game against a Samoan team of Samoan resident players at Carlaw park. Suani and Lyndsay Stowers operated Samoa Rugby League out of their North Shore home in Auckland and from the Richmond Rugby League Club house where Lyndsay ran the canteen; this resilient couple were known to have put a mortgage on their home to assist with funding the thirty men representing Samoa in the Pacific Cup held in Tonga, 1990.
This commitment lead to a historical win over the Maori team for the first time and won the 1990 Pacific Cup. Coached by the Richmond Bulldogs Head Coach, Steve Kaiser, the Western Samoan team put Samoan rugby league on the map. Samoa won the 1992 Pacific Cup over Tonga in an action filled thriller that went into two overtimes and sent the NZ Rugby League and Polynesian rugby league public into a frenzy; the 1992 Tournament showcased all of NZ Rugby league talent and Australian Rugby league scouts were booked to witness the 1994 Pacific Cup held in Fiji. In 1993 Western Samoa were invited to the International Coca-Cola Sevens in Sydney. With Auckland based Samoan players such as Mark Elia, Tony Tuimavave, Tony Tatupu, Faausu Afoa and Des Maea followed by a group of up and coming players such as Matthew TuiSamoa, Lionel Perera, Aleki Maea, Paki Tuimavave, Joe Vagana, Sefo Fuimaono and Peter Lima, the team beat the Canberra Raiders and the Great Britain International team. Coached by the Richmond Bulldogs' Head Coach Steve Kaiser, this team gave Samoa the status to create the strong foundation Western Samoa Rugby League needed to move forward.
Below this strong foundation however was the strength and commitment of two people: Suani and Lyndsay Stowers. These two held together the concept of Samoa Rugby League and without their dream, Samoa RL will not be where it is today. Steve Kaiser in his sixth year as the Samoan Coach had an array of NZ based quality players for the 1994 Pacific Cup with the likes of Se'e Solomona, Tony Tatupu, the Tuimavave brothers Paki and Tony plus the loyal players of Mike Setefano, Matthew TuiSamoa, Alex Tupou and Mark Faumuina. Henry Suluvale and Rudy David led the contingent of first class players from Canterbury however this arsenal were well contained by the Tongan stars Jim Dymmic, John Hopoate and Albert Fulivae; the 1995 Samoan team had the benefit of ex-All Blacks John Schuster and Va'aiga Tuigamala in their backline. When rugby union went professional players such as Apollo Perelini and Fereti Tuilagi left rugby league to return to the 15-man game. Samoa lost the Pacific Cup in 1996; the 1998 Pacific Cup team saw a old talent.
Joe Raymond, one of the first Samoan Rugby League Rep coaches returned after coaching Tonga and the NZ Maori, the late Eddie Poching managed the team and the introduction of Francis Meli to Samoan Rugby League and Junior Papalii a loyal American Samoan Representative. Pati Tuimavave from the 1992 squad and Matthew TuiSamoa, the only survivor from 1990 Pacific Cup champion team returned. Samoa battled Tonga for the 1998 Pacific Cup again at Carlaw park and again Samoa regained the Pacific Champions Title; the Pacific Cup was taken to Australia's Gold Coast in 2000 where Auckland coach John Ackland took over the reins. Ackland added another dimension to Samoa Rugby League and introduced rising stars, Wayne McDade and Itikeri Sapau-Citran, Tino Brown, Johnny Baker, Louie Talamavoa and bought Matthew TuiSamoa back into the Pacific Cup arena. Samoa took on Ireland and the Aotearoa Māori in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup pool stages, they would lose to'the Irish' in their opening game, but they'd beat NZ Maori, Scotland in their next two games, sealing a place in the knock-out stages.
They would take on Australia in the quarter-final. They ended their tournament with a thrashing 66-10 defeat, sealing an end to a respectable World Cup Campaign. Samoa played in the Pacific Pool of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers, they lost to Tonga. On a points difference, Samoa had to play USA in the Repecharge Semi Final. Samoa won this match 42-10 and played Lebanon on 14 November 2007 in the Repecharge Final to see who would take the 10th and final World Cup place. Samoa came out eventual winners of the 10th and final 2008 Rugby League World Cup place beating Lebanon 38-16 at the Chris Moyles Stadium, Featherstone. For the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament Samoa's main jersey sponsor was the Samoa International Finance Authority. Samoa took on Ireland in the Tournament's pool stages, they beat their pacific rivals in a traditional tight pacific match-up, but they lost to'the Irish' by 34-16. This big losing margin, sent the Samoans into battle against the French in the Tournament's 9th place play-off.
Samoa won, winning 42-10 and capping off an undesirable World Cup Tournament. In April 2013, Samoa took on Tonga in the'2013 Pacific Rugby League Test' at Penrith Stadium; the International was created as a World Cup warm-up match. Tonga targeted Samoa's weak defence, it
Fullback (rugby league)
Fullback is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Wearing jersey number 15, the fullback is a member of the team's'back-line'; the position's name comes from their duty of standing the furthest back in defence, behind the forwards, half backs and the three-quarter backs. Fullbacks are therefore the last line of defence, having to tackle any opposition players and regather the ball from any kicks that make it through their teammates, it is for this reason that the fullback is referred to as the sweeper or custodian. Being able to secure high bomb kicks is a sought quality in fullbacks. Fullback is one of the most important positions in attack, handling the ball nearly every set of six and running into open space on the field. Therefore, together with the two half backs and hooker, fullback is one of the four key positions that make up what is referred to as a team's'spine'; because the fullback makes the most support runs, players in the role complete more high-intensity running than any other position.
The Rugby League International Federation's Laws of the Game state that the'fullback' is to be numbered 1. However, traditionally players' jersey numbers have varied, in the modern Super League, each squad's players are assigned individual numbers regardless of position. Fullbacks who feature in their respective nations' rugby league halls of fame are France's Puig Aubert, Australia's Clive Churchill and Charles Fraser, Wales' Jim Sullivan and New Zealand's Des White. Churchill's attacking flair as a player in the 1950s is credited with having changed the role of the fullback. So too is Darren Lockyer's. Rugby league positions Rugby league gameplay
New Zealand national rugby league team
The New Zealand national rugby league team has represented New Zealand in rugby league since 1907. Administered by the New Zealand Rugby League, they are known as the Kiwis, after the native bird of that name; the team's colour's are majority black with white and the players perform a haka before every match they play as a challenge to their opponents. The New Zealand Kiwis are second in the RLIF World Rankings. Since the 1980s, most New Zealand representatives have been based overseas, in the professional National Rugby League and Super League competitions. Before that players were selected from clubs in domestic New Zealand leagues. A New Zealand side first played in a 1907 professional rugby tour which pre-dated the birth of rugby league football in the Southern Hemisphere, making it the second oldest national side after England. Since the Kiwis have competed in international competition, touring Europe and Australia throughout the 20th century. New Zealand have competed in every Rugby League World Cup since the first in 1954, reaching three consecutive tournament finals between 2000–2013.
In 2008, New Zealand won the World Cup for the first time. They contest the Baskerville Shield against England. Rugby football was introduced into New Zealand by Charles John Monro, son of the speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Sir David Monro, he had been sent to Christ's College, East Finchley in north London, where he became an enthusiastic convert to the new code. He brought the game back to his native Nelson, arranged the first rugby match between Nelson College and Nelson Football Club, played on 14 May 1870; when New Zealand's national rugby team toured Britain in 1905 they witnessed the growing popularity of the breakaway non-amateur Northern Union's games. On his return in 1906, All Black George William Smith met the Australian entrepreneur J J Giltinan to discuss the potential of professional rugby in Australasia; the first New Zealand team to play professional rugby was known as the All Blacks. To avoid confusion, the terms professional. In the meantime, a lesser known New Zealand rugby player, Albert Henry Baskerville was ready to recruit a group of players for a Great Britain pro tour.
It is believed that Baskerville became aware of the profits to be made from such a venture while he was working at the Wellington Post Office in 1906. A colleague dropped a British newspaper. Baskerville picked it up and noticed a report about a Northern Union match that over 40,000 people had attended. Baskerville wrote to the NRFU asking; the 1905 All Blacks tour was still fresh in English minds, thus the NU saw the upcoming competitive New Zealand tour as exceptional opportunity to raise the profile and finances of the NU game. The NU agreed to the tour provided that some of those original All Blacks were included in the New Zealand team. George Smith arrived back in New Zealand and after learning of Baskerville's plans, the two teamed up and began signing players; the New Zealand Rugby Union became aware of the tour and promptly applied pressure to any All Black or New Zealand representative player it suspected of involvement. They had the New Zealand Government's Agent General in London deliver a statement to the British press in an effort to undermine the tour's credibility.
This had little effect and by that time the professional All Blacks were sailing across the Tasman to give Australia its first taste of professional rugby. It was during this time that references to the professional All Blacks as the All Golds first appeared. "All Golds" was a play on the amateur "All Blacks" name but it was an insult to the players, criticising the arrangement where they would each share in the wealth of the tour. The name "All Golds" is now thought to have originated in a New Zealand newspaper in May/June 1907, amidst editorial arguments over whether it was honourable for the proposed "professional All Blacks" team to be paid; the first documented use in Australia was in a headline in the Sydney Morning Herald, just before Baskerville's team arrived. Those same Herald articles had a tag for those who supported the amateur rugby union calling them the "Lily Whites"; the All Golds name is now carried by the Gloucestershire All Golds a Semi-professional team who are based in Gloucestershire and compete in the RFL League 1 Championship 1 and known as Kingstone Press League 1 for sponsorship reasons, is a professional rugby league competition based in England.
They take part in the annual Challenge Cup and League 1 Cup. The Club bears the name in honor of the 3rd test match played at the clubs home ground in Cheltenham. Professional rugby in the southern hemisphere kicked off with the professional All Blacks playing a professional rebel New South Wales team organised by Smith's contact, James Giltinan; the games drew little interest to start with, but were a major success for the rugby rebels of Australia, as they had the money to start the first professional Rugby Football League and hence change the face of rugby in Australia. New Zealand made it to Great Britain in 1907, they included Australian Dally Messenger in their party. He played in the two Tests which the All Golds won. At this time professional rugby, under the banner of the Northern Union, was not played by the RFU rules, all the All Golds knew; the All Golds took on a week of intensive training. From a New Zealander's point of view, the tour may not have been successful, but to
Sydney Football Stadium
The Sydney Football Stadium, commercially known as Allianz Stadium and Aussie Stadium, was a football stadium in Moore Park, Australia. Built in 1988 next to the Sydney Cricket Ground, the stadium was Sydney's premier rectangular field venue for rugby league, rugby union and soccer; the Kangaroos, the Wallabies and the Socceroos played at the stadium, while the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC were the ground's major tenants. The stadium held both National Rugby League semi finals and one preliminary final, held the annual pre-season Charity Shield football match between South Sydney and St George Illawarra for a number of years, it hosted all New South Wales Rugby League/Australian Rugby League rugby league grand finals, as well as the first grand final under the NRL banner, between 1988 and 1998. The NSW Government announced plans in November 2017 for the stadium to be rebuilt; the stadium closed with the last event being a Michael Buble concert. Demolition begun in early 2019, continuing after several legal challenges and being a major topic during the 2019 New South Wales state election.
Prior to its construction, major events were held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, as it was the largest stadium in Sydney. But the SCG, being an oval field, was not considered ideal for sports requiring a rectangular field such as soccer, rugby league and rugby union, although it had been used many times for such events. Sydney Football Stadium was built upon the former Sydney Sports Ground in Moore Park, the former SCG No 2 adjacent to the existing SCG. Both were owned by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, it opened by Premier Barrie Unsworth on 24 January 1988. The first sporting event was a rugby league match between the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and St George Dragons on 4 March 1988, its seating capacity was 41,159, but after numerous expansions, today stands at 45,500, although the venue's official record attendance for a sporting event stands at 44,380, set on 31 October 1993 for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier when the Socceroos played Argentina. The Sydney Football Stadium was the Sydney Roosters' home ground from 1988.
It was built on the site of the old Sydney Sports Ground which served as the Roosters home ground for decades, the old SCG No 2 which served as a secondary ground for some state cricket matches, an additional training ground, athletics. Both grounds were demolished in 1986 to make way for the SFS; the first event held at the venue marked the beginning of the 1988 Rugby League season, with a match between the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the St George Dragons on Friday 4 March 1988. St George won the game 24-14; the Roosters had to wait until Round 5 that season for their first win at the venue, defeating the Gold Coast Giants 28-10. From 1988 to 1999 and from 2002 to 2005, it served as the home ground for the South Sydney Rabbitohs; the Rabbitohs returned to the ground with a one off game against the Broncos in Round 25 of the 2015 NRL season. The SFS has hosted rugby league football test matches since its opening in 1988 starting with two matches in Australia's 1988 Ashes series win against Great Britain.
The first game of the series saw the Wally Lewis captained, Don Furner coached Australians christen their new Sydney home with a 17-6 win in front of 24,480 fans. That game was the 100th test match between Australia and either Great Britain or England; the record international Rugby League crowd at the stadium was set for the first Ashes against Great Britain on their 1992 Australasian Tour when Australia won 22-6 in front of 40,141 in what was the first time a test in Sydney had attracted over 40,000 fans since 1974. The stadium has hosted the Rugby League Tri-Nations, including the Final of the 2006 tournament in which Australia triumphed 16-12 over New Zealand in Golden point extra-time thanks to a try by captain Darren Lockyer. Rugby league had some memorable moments including: The first grand final in 1988 saw Canterbury-Bankstown defeat Balmain 24-12 in front of 40,000 fans to send club captain Steve Mortimer into retirement with a premiership; the match had its controversial moment when Bulldogs Five-eighth Terry Lamb hit Tigers English import Centre Ellery Hanley with a high tackle out of the game before the 30th minute: The 1989 NSWRL grand final, won by the Canberra Raiders over the Balmain Tigers 19-14 thanks to a try by replacement forward Steve Jackson in extra-time for their first premiership: The 1991 NSWRL grand final won by the Penrith Panthers over Canberra 19-12 in which Penrith's Royce Simmons scored 2 tries in his final match giving the Panthers their first title: Brisbane's maiden premiership with a 28-8 win over St. George in 1992 NSWRL grand final, highlighted by a 95-metre try to Broncos Centre Steve Renouf: and the 1997 ARL Grand Final between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with the Knights winning their first title with a 22-16 win following a try to Darren Albert in the dying seconds of the game after the Knights had trailed Manly since early in the game.
Manly had won their previous 11 games against the Knights prior to that Grand Final. The last grand final played at the SFS was the 1998 NRL Grand Final between Brisbane. In front of 40,857 fans, the Broncos ran out easy 38-12 winners to win their 4th premiership from four grand Final appearances. Two standout State Of Origin matches in which Queensland triumphed over New South Wales with last-minute victories in 1994 and 1998, as well as Michael O'Connor's sideline conversion in driving rain for a NSW win in Game 2 of the 1991 series. Of note was Queensland's backs to the wall win in Game 2 of the 1989. Despite losing Allan Langer to a broken leg, Mal Meninga with a fractured eye socket and
Anthony "Tony" Puletua is a former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. A New Zealand and Samoan international, Puletua played for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League competition as second-row forward. Puletua joined the Hull Kingston Rovers, on loan in 2015 from the Salford Red Devils, he made 13 appearances, scoring one try for the Hull Kingston Rovers, retired on 18 September 2015. Puletua was born in New Zealand. Puletua played his junior rugby league with the St Mary's Saints before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. Puletua made his début for the Penrith Panthers in 1997 and played at second row in the Panthers team which defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 NRL Grand final; as 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Puletua played at second-row forward in the Panthers' 22–4 loss, he was captain of the team from January 2006.
Puletua's brother, Frank played for the Penrith Panthers, retiring from professional rugby league on April 2011. On 4 October 2006, TP was selected to be a part of the Perinth Panthers' Team Legends. Used to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Panthers, Puletua was alongside Penrith legends Mark Geyer, Brad Fitler and Rhys Wesser. Puletua joined St. Helens at the end of the 2008 season on a three-year deal. Puletua joined the Salford Red Devils for the 2014 season, he made 26 appearances for the club in 2014, but was not registered as a player for the 2015 season due to salary cap issues. Puletua joined Hull Kingston Rovers mid-season in 2015 on a season-long loan from Salford, announced that he would retire from the game following his spell with Hull KR. Puletua represented the New Zealand national team on 22 occasions following his début in 1998, including the 2000 World Cup, his last selection was for New Zealand against Australia in the ANZAC Test on 20 April 2007 as a replacement for the injured David Kidwell.
After that, he switched his allegiance to Samoa. Puletua was named in the Samoa squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, played in three matches. In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup. Puletua was called up to the Samoan squad as an injury replacement during the 2013 World Cup. First Grade Debut: 1997 – Round 10, Penrith v Perth Reds at the WACA, 4 May Representative Debut: 1998 – Australia vs New Zealand, Suncorp Stadium, 9 October Premierships: 2003 – member of the Grand final winning Panthers team that defeated the Sydney Roosters, 18–6 St Helens profile Penrith Panthers profile NZRL profile Saints Heritage Society profile Warriors prop opts for Samoa