Trent Waterhouse known by the nickname of "House", is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row forward for the Thirroul Butchers in the Illawarra Rugby League. He has played for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League and Warrington Wolves of the Super League in Europe, he has represented City Origin, New South Wales and Australia. Waterhouse was born in Australia. After playing junior football for Cambridge Park and Emu Plains JRLFC, Waterhouse made his first grade début against Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park on 17 August 2002 in Round 23, the same game in which Steve Turner debuted, he was a member of the Penrith 2003 NRL grand final-winning team in their 18–6 win over Sydney Roosters. After that he went on the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, helping Australia to victory over Great Britain in what would be the last time the two nations contested an Ashes series. Waterhouse would play a total of ten internationals from till to 2005.
As 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Waterhouse played at lock forward in the Panthers' 22–4 loss. In February 2007, Waterhouse signed with the Panthers until the end of 2011, he was selected for City in the City vs Country match in 2006 and again in 2009. Waterhouse made his state representative début in the 2004 State of Origin series, playing in games I and II off the bench for the New South Wales Blues. Selected again in 2009, Waterhouse was sent-off after coming into a fight between Steve Price and Brett White during game III of the State of Origin series, he became the first Blues player to be dismissed from an Origin game, the first since Gorden Tallis to be sent off in an Origin match. His dismissal capped off a horror year for NSW. On 29 June 2011 it was announced Waterhouse had signed to join English Super League club Warrington from 2012 on a three-year deal. Waterhouse played in the 2012 Challenge Cup Final win over Leeds Rhinos, scoring a try in the first half, the 2012 Super League Grand Final loss to the Leeds Rhinos.
He signed to the Thirroul Butchers in the Illawarra Rugby League for the 2015 season. Penrith Panthers profile
Joel Clinton is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s and 2010s. An Australia international representative prop, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for the Penrith Panthers and the Brisbane Broncos, he played for English club Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. Joel Clinton was born in Riverstone, New South Wales on 8 December 1981, he played before joining the Penrith club. Clinton rose to prominence in the Panthers Panthers' successful 2003 season, he helped the Panthers come from last place in 2003 to become Minor Premiers and eventual victory in the 2003 NRL Grand final. At the end of the 2003 NRL season, he went on the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, helping Australia to victory over Great Britain in what would be the last time the two nations contested an Ashes series, he described the experience as "a great personal bonus but it did not compare to winning the premiership with the guys you train and play with all year long."
As 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Clinton played at prop forward in the Panthers' 22–4 loss. Clinton's good form continued into 2004 and he was selected in the Australian team that took on the Kiwis in the 2004 ANZAC Test; the Panther's first loss of the 2006 season came against a close, golden-point match. During the game, Clinton was hit by a high tackle from Raiders hooker Simon Woolford. Clinton received a black eye, but got up off the ground smiling, continued playing. Clinton's ability to brush off the hit left Woolford claiming the high tackle wasn't that serious; these comments left Clinton steaming, saying "Woolford should learn to keep his mouth shut." In May 2006, Clinton was selected to trial for the New South Wales State of Origin team in the Country v. City game. Clinton played for City and commented before the game that he intended to "smash his way into the NSW side." Clinton saved a try in diving on a cross-kick into the in-goal by Country.
City lost by 2 points, conceding tries while Clinton was off the field. Manly five-eighth Travis Burns branded Joel Clinton as "childish" and a "bad sport" for squirting him with a water bottle while lining up a match-winning penalty goal in Round 20. Viewing the replay, it appears that Clinton was standing over 10 metres away from Burns, leading Coach John Lang to comment "it must've been a bloody big squirt". In Round 19, 15 July 2006, Clinton made international headlines with a tackle on Ty Williams of the North Queensland Cowboys. With the Penrith Panthers ahead 12–8. However, Clinton had enough pace and tenacity to pull the Queensland Origin player into touch just centimetres out from the tryline. Considered one of the fastest men in the NRL over one hundred metres, Williams was running for a game-changing four points. Instead, Clinton single-handedly reversed the momentum of the match; this allowed Panthers winger Michael Gordon to score in the final minute, giving the Panthers an unlikely 17–8 win.
Fresh from the off-season under new coach Matthew Elliott, Clinton said that confidence within the Panthers team was high for 2007. "Blokes like me, Trent Waterhouse and Luke Lewis have taken on a leadership role this year," Clinton said. "We used to be the younger generation but we've become senior players ourselves."Clinton's level of fitness was at an all-time high, the off-season training trimming Clinton down from 115 kg to 108 kg. "I've never been this fit," Joel said. "I'm feeling unreal. Elliot commented that " training has been nothing short of phenomenal and I'm expecting his performances to follow." Clinton put the initial Panthers loss to the Cronulla Sharks in Round 1 down to the change of coach. "Me and most of the other guys have only known one way for the past five years," Clinton said. "We've got to start to have belief. You've just got to back me and the boys. If we do that, we'll shake up the comp. I know it's early days to say that, but I think we should go pretty well."After the Panthers win over the Bulldogs in Round 2, sports journalists were commenting on how important Clinton was to the effort.
"He'd primed himself to match the muscle of Canterbury's Mark O'Meley and Willie Mason and produced as good a performance as he's given since 2003, when he made the Australian squad as a young prop."In Round 4, in response to Scott Prince complaining about off-the-ball play, Joel Clinton was interviewed for his personal view on dirty tricks in the NRL: "If stuff happens on the field you leave it on the field. I never take anything off the field. I don't like to go home and whinge about it."In Round 5, Clinton was criticised for the amount of penalties he conceded in the game, season generally. However, Clinton continued to top the work rates in the Panthers side. In Round 7, the Panthers lost to the Canberra Raiders. Clinton said. During the week, a virus spread through the team, affecting Clinton, Luke Priddis, Frank Puletua, Nathan Smith and Craig Gower –, hospitalised. Despite the virus, Clinton thought. "There were a couple of crook boys but that's something you just have to deal with," Clinton said.
In Round 9 the Panthers broke their five match losing streak against the Cowboys, despite the early loss of halfback play-maker Craig Gower. Clinton broke his season long try scoring drought. Chasing a mediocre kick, the bounce of the ball confused Cowboys winger Brenton Bowen, allowing Clinton to gather and score in the cor
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St Helens R. F. C. is a professional rugby league club in St Helens, Merseyside who compete in the Super League, the top tier of competition for rugby league in Europe. Formed in 1873, St Helens are one of the 22 original members of the Northern Rugby Football Union and have been league champions on 13 occasions. St Helens are the third most successful side in the Challenge Cup with 12 wins in 21 Final appearances. St Helens are founding members of the Super League and are one of only four teams to have appeared in every season since its creation in 1996. Since 1961 the club's home colours have been white, with a red "V" on the jersey. St Helens play their home games at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens, having moved from their previous home, Knowsley Road, in 2012. St Helens are one of the oldest members of the Rugby Football League. Founded as St Helens Football Club on 19 November 1873 at the Fleece Hotel by William Douglas Herman, they played their first match on 31 January 1874 against Liverpool Royal Infirmary.
They became known as St Helens Rangers up until the 1880s. The club moved from the City Ground in 1890 where they had shared with St Helens Recs when neither were members of the Northern Rugby Football Union, they defeated Manchester Rangers in the first match played at Knowsley Road. In 1895 the club were one of 22 clubs that resigned from the Rugby Football Union and established the Northern Union; the first match of the new code was an 8—3 win at home to Rochdale Hornets before 3,000 spectators, Bob Doherty scoring St Helens' first try. They played in a vertically striped blue and white jersey—a stark contrast to the well known broad red band which would become the kit for the club later; the club reverted to this kit for one season during the rugby league centenary season in 1995. The Challenge Cup was launched in 1897 and it was St Helens who contested its first final with Batley, at Headingley, Leeds; the "Gallant Youths" of Batley emerged victorious 10—3, with Dave "Red" Traynor scoring the lone St Helens' try.
Between 1897 and 1901, St Helens were not successful generally considered a mid—table side. They finished second to bottom in the 1900—01 Lancashire League season, meaning they did not qualify to compete in the national league the year later. In the 1901—02 season, they did finish third in the Lancashire league. In 1902 -- 03, the combined Lancashire and Yorkshire leagues saw. St Helens finished next to bottom and suffered relegation. Promotion was gained at the 1st attempt, only for another poor year to see them finish once again in a relegation position; however the two Divisions became one League to save the club from a 2nd relegation. The Champion fortunes that St Helens fans' greet today were not apparent in this period, with the club finishing fourth to bottom in 1907, third to bottom in 1908, mid—table between 1909 and 1913. On 14 June 1913, St Helens Recs joined the Northern Union after defecting from rugby union and association football; the Recs were based individually at the City Road ground, after sharing with St Helens, before their move to Knowsley Road, when neither played rugby league.
The Recs played their first game on 6 September 1913. St Helens now had two professional rugby league teams. In both sides first year in co—existence, St Helens finished yet again in a disappointing low mid—table finish. During the First World War, St Helens struggled to compete and failed to complete the full fixture list of the Emergency War League on two occasions, with the club finishing mid—table in the first year of the war, as well as being beaten by 37 points to 3 by Huddersfield in that year's Challenge Cup Final; the aftermath of the war was still taking its toll on national sport, not the club's ability to compete and complete fixtures, on 31 Jan 1918'close down' due to a lack of finances following a 22-0 defeat by Widnes. Saints re-open on 25 December 1918 and are beaten 20 points to nil by St Helens Recs in a friendly fixture at City Road. In the shortened 1918—1919 season, St Helens played only nine times; the clubs lack of success and disappointing league finishes continued for another seven seasons.
The club defeated town rivals the Recs in the Lancashire County Cup Final by 10 points to 2 in the 1926–27 season. The season after, they were trophyless. One year after the Challenge Cup's début at Wembley, St Helens reached the final there where they were defeated by 10 points to 3 by Widnes in 1930, they won their first National Championship in the 1931–32 season, defeating Huddersfield 9—5 in the final. This was the same season that they won their second Lancashire League, the first coming in the 1929–30 season, they lost the 1933 Lancashire Cup Final to Warrington, whilst finishing in no competitive position in the league once more. St Helens achieved any more honours during the remainder of the 1930s. What appeared to be building as something of an inter—town derby between the two St Helens clubs was struck down as St Helens Recs played their last game on 29 April 1939, as, due to the economic depression, it was not possible for the town to sustain two teams. Like during the First World War, the club could not enjoy having a full—time squad during the Second World War and struggled to compete.
They did not compete in the National Championship until a 17 team Emergency War League was formed in the 1941—42 season, did not win any regional honours. They finished bottom of the EWL in seasons 1942—43 and 1943—44 and next-to-bottom in 1944—45; the club's fortunes that had seen them be successful so the decade previous did not change in the 1940s. After the commitments of the Second World War, St Helens still found it hard to compete, the tren
Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players, its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators. In rugby league, points are scored by carrying the ball and touching it to the ground beyond the opposing team's goal line; the opposing team attempts to stop the attacking side scoring points by tackling the player carrying the ball. In addition to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals. After each try, the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may be awarded for penalties, field goals can be attempted at any time. Rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, is a popular sport in Northern England, the states of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, South Auckland in New Zealand, southwest France and Lebanon.
The Super League and the National Rugby League are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European and Pacific Island countries, is governed by the Rugby League International Federation; the first Rugby League World Cup was held in France in 1954. Rugby league football takes its name from the bodies that split to create a new form of rugby, distinct from that run by the Rugby Football Unions, in Britain and New Zealand between 1895 and 1908; the first of these, the Northern Rugby Football Union, was established in 1895 as a breakaway faction of England's Rugby Football Union. Both organisations played the game under the same rules at first, although the Northern Union began to modify rules immediately, thus creating a new faster, stronger paced form of rugby football. Similar breakaway factions split from RFU-affiliated unions in Australia and New Zealand in 1907 and 1908, renaming themselves "rugby football leagues" and introducing Northern Union rules.
In 1922, the Northern Union changed its name to the Rugby Football League and thus over time the sport itself became known as "rugby league" football. In 1895, a schism in Rugby football resulted in the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union. Although many factors played a part in the split, including the success of working class northern teams, the main division was caused by the RFU decision to enforce the amateur principle of the sport, preventing "broken time payments" to players who had taken time off work to play rugby. Northern teams had more working class players who could not afford to play without this compensation, in contrast to affluent southern teams who had other sources of income to sustain the amateur principle. In 1895, a decree by the RFU banning the playing of rugby at grounds where entrance fees were charged led to twenty-two clubs meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield on 29 August 1895 and forming the "Northern Rugby Football Union". Within fifteen years of that first meeting in Huddersfield, more than 200 RFU clubs had left to join the rugby revolution.
In 1897, the line-out was in 1898 professionalism introduced. In 1906, the Northern Union changed its rules, reducing teams from 15 to 13 a side and replacing the ruck formed after every tackle with the play the ball. A similar schism to that which occurred in England took place in Australia. There, on 8 August 1907 the New South Wales Rugby Football League was founded at Bateman's Hotel in George Street. Rugby league went on to displace rugby union as the primary football code in New South Wales and Queensland. On 5 May 1954 over 100,000 spectators watched the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final at Odsal Stadium, England, setting a new record for attendance at a rugby football match of either code. In 1954 the Rugby League World Cup, the first for either code of rugby, was formed at the instigation of the French. In 1966, the International Board introduced a rule that a team in possession was allowed three play-the-balls and on the fourth tackle a scrum was to be formed; this was increased to six tackles in 1972 and in 1983 the scrum was replaced by a handover.
1967 saw. The first sponsors, Joshua Tetley and John Player, entered the game for the 1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season. Television would have an enormous impact on the sport of rugby league in the 1990s when Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation sought worldwide broadcasting rights and refused to take no for an answer; the media giant's "Super League" movement saw big changes for the traditional administrators of the game. In Europe, it resulted in a move from a winter sport to a summer one as the new Super League competition tried to expand its market. In Australasia, the Super League war resulted in long and costly legal battles and changing loyalties, causing significant damage to the code in an competitive sporting market. In 1997 two competitions were run alongside each other in Australia, after which a peace deal in the form of the National Rugby League was formed; the NRL has since become recognised as the sport's flagship competition and since that time has set record TV ratings and crowd figures.
The objective in rugby league is to score more points through tries and field goals than the opposition within the 80 minutes of play. If after two halves of play, each consisting of forty minutes, the two teams are drawing, a draw may be declar
David Kidwell is a professional rugby league coach, the assistant coach at the Parramatta Eels in the NRL and a former player. As a player, he represented New Zealand as a member of the 2005 Tri-Nations and 2008 World Cup winning New Zealand teams, he played as a second-row, though he started his career as a centre. Kidwell was born in New Zealand. A Hornby Panthers junior in the Canterbury Rugby League competition, in 1995 Kidwell played in the Lion Red Cup for the Canterbury Country Cardinals, he joined the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in 1996 and made the Junior Kiwis that year. He made his First Grade début on 17 August 1997 in Round 17 for the Adelaide Rams against Canberra at Canberra Stadium. Kidwell was selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played from the interchange bench in the Kiwis' 22-20 loss. In 2006 Kidwell signed a pre-contract agreement to represent the South Sydney Rabbitohs until 2009.
He played in Melbourne's 2006 NRL Grand Final loss to Brisbane. Kidwell has played for the Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters, Warrington Wolves, Parramatta Eels and the Adelaide Rams. In the 2007 pre-season, it was announced that Kidwell would be co-captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, along with Peter Cusack for 2007. In April 2007, Kidwell was ruled out for the season after suffering a freak accident at home where he tripped over one of his children and injured his knee. Kidwell retired from rugby league at the end of the 2009 season. Kidwell made his New Zealand début in 1999. In August 2008, Kidwell was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. After failing an alcohol test on 2 May 2008, the Rabbitohs stripped Kidwell of his captaincy and four others who failed were relegated to the bench for their Sunday match against the Cowboys. Kidwell was appointed the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup coach for 2010.
They finished minor premiers that year and made the Grand Final, but were defeated 42-28 by the Under 20s New Zealand Warriors. He worked as an assistant coach at the Melbourne Storm under Craig Bellamy. On 16 September 2013 it was announced that he would be joining the Wests Tigers in 2014 as an assistant coach. Kidwell joined the New Zealand national rugby league team as an assistant coach in 2014. After Stephen Kearney left the role of being the head coach of the New Zealand national team in 2016, Kidwell was appointed as the new Kiwis head coach. In 2018, Kidwell was appointed as assistant coach at one of his former clubs The Parramatta Eels. Profile at melbournestorm.com.au Profile at warringtonwolves.rivals.net Freak injury ends Kidwell season Profile at souths.com.au Coaching Profile at rabbitohs.com.au
Paul Whatuira is a former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL in 2011. A New Zealand international centre, he won National Rugby League premierships with the Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers and achieved success with the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. Whatuira was born in New Zealand. Whatuira played his junior rugby league at Wainuiomata, near Wellington, where he played with former Huddersfield teammate David Faiumu, he played rugby union as a schoolboy. He idolised Mal Meninga, he represented Wellington in 1999. Whatuira left Wellington at 17 to join the Auckland Warriors, he made his first grade début for Auckland Warriors against Wests Tigers in the Leichhardt Oval on 14 February 2000, in Round 2. He played in four other first grade games for the Warriors that season, before leaving the club at the end of the year. During the 2000 season he was released to the Wainuiomata Lions and played in the Bartercard Cup, he spent 2001 at the Melbourne Storm.
Whatuira became a first grade regular. He played left centre in the Panthers side; as 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Whatuira played at centre in the Panthers' 22-4 loss, his 2003 premiership ring was stolen from his home along with his DVD player in 2005. Two years the police recovered the ring when they raided a suspected criminal's home. Whatuira joined the Wests Tigers in 2005 and played at centre in the Tigers' 2005 NRL Grand Final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, gaining his second premiership ring; as NRL Premiers Wests faced Super League champions Bradford Bulls in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Whatuira played at centre in the Tigers' 30-10 loss. Whatuira had a forgettable 2006, he was sin-binned in the Tigers' loss to the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville just before half-time with Matt Sing scoring in his absence. In the return match, he suffered a hamstring injury, aggravated during the warm-up versus Brisbane Broncos meaning he would not play for the rest of the campaign.
After considering a switch to rugby union with the New South Wales Waratahs, Whatuira instead moved to England and joined the Huddersfield Giants in 2008 where he is contracted until the end of the 2010 season. Whatuira played in the Giants 2009 Challenge Cup Final appearance, where they lost to the Warrington Wolves. On 21 December 2010, Whatuira signed a one-year deal with the Parramatta Eels for the 2011 season. Whatuira is expected to fill the void left in the backline by departing senior players of Eric Grothe Jr and Timana Tahu. Eels CEO Paul Osborne stated that "Paul Whatuira is a proved international performer who brings class and experience to our backline". However, Whatuira retired after just appearing in one game for the Eels. Whatuira represented the New Zealand national team on ten occasions between 2004 and 2006, including the 24-0 win over Australia at Elland Road in the 2005 Tri Nations tournament, in which he scored a try. Whatuira was selected in the 19-man squad for the one-off New Zealand vs Australia Centenary test in Wellington, New Zealand on 14 October 2007.
Whatuira is eligible for the Cook Islands and was named in their train on squad for the 2000 World Cup. He instead represented Aotearoa Māori at the tournament. During 2006, Whatuira posed for the Naked Rugby League 2007-08 charity calendar, produced to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia. Paul posed alongside former Wests Tigers teammates Robbie Farah and Dene Halatau for the Naked For A Cause 2008-09 calendar for the McGrath Foundation charity. On 13 October 2009, Whatuira was arrested and underwent a psychiatric assessment after he assaulted two men. Police used a Taser gun to subdue him. Whatuira spent 13 days in a secure psychiatric hospital after the incident, related to sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Whatuira was not charged over the incident as under section two of the British Crimes Act, he is exempt from potential prosecution as he was deemed "mentally ill". NRL profile Huddersfield Giants profile
Frank Puletua is a former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. A Samoa national representative second-row forward, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for Australian clubs the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs, his brother is Samoan international Tony Puletua. He holds fine arts and graphics design degrees from the University of Western Sydney Puletua played his junior rugby league for the St Mary's Saints before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. Puletua made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers on 25 April 1998 against the Melbourne Storm. Eligible to represent Samoa, Puletua did so in the 2000 World Cup, he played for the Panthers until switching to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He signed with the new Gold Coast Titans but changed his mind and left the club, returning to Penrith, he was named in the Samoa training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. After retiring from Rugby League he became the creative producer at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
In September 2013 Puletua gave the 15th annual Tom Brock Lecture. Frank Puletua at Panthers.com Frank Puletua at NRL.com