Bryson Goodwin

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Bryson Goodwin
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Personal information
Born (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985 (age 28)
Parkes, New South Wales, Australia
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–08 Cronulla Sharks 9 2 0 0 8
2009–12 Canterbury Bulldogs 68 31 111 0 346
2013– South Sydney 35 11 5 0 54
Total 112 44 116 0 408
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 New Zealand 9 6 13 0 50
As of 18 October 2012
Source: [1]

Bryson Goodwin (born 30 December 1985) is a New Zealand-Australian professional rugby league footballer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League. He previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Goodwin primarily plays at full-back or on the wing.

Playing career[edit]

He is the son of former Australian international, Ted Goodwin, the younger brother of the Dragons player Bronx Goodwin and former player Luke Goodwin He is the older brother of Grayson Goodwin and his only sister, Rearne is married to Wests Tigers player Joel Reddy.[citation needed]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2007-2008)[edit]

Goodwin was a Cronulla Sutherland junior, playing for the Gymea Gorillas club in the local Cronulla District competition. He progressed through the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks lower grades, the Under 21's and Reserve Grade. He made his First Grade debut for the Sharks in 2007. He played nine First Grade games for Cronulla Sutherland from 2007-2008. During that time he only scored two tries for Cronulla in the top grade. In one of those tries he chased a grubber kick and kept the ball (which was going over the dead ball line) in the field of play to ground it down for a try against the St. George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium.[citation needed]

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2009-2012)[edit]

At the end of the 2008 season new Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore, showed interest in the young winger and offered him a contract to join the Bulldogs.[citation needed] Goodwin made his debut for the Bulldogs in first grade, by scoring his first two tries for the club in Canterbury's 34-12 win at ANZ Stadium against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in Round 1 of 2009. Goodwin scored his next try in the Bulldogs 20-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park. His next try came at ANZ Stadium in Canterbury's 24-12 victory against former club the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Goodwin's form continued when he scored right on full-time against the Parramatta Eels which the Bulldogs won 48-18 at ANZ Stadium. The next round, Goodwin scored a try in Canterbury's 30-20 victory over the Canberra Raiders in the Australian capital. He scored again the following round at ANZ Stadium in Canterbury's 22-20 victory at ANZ Stadium against the Wests Tigers. Goodwin scored his next try against the Melbourne Storm in the Bulldogs 26-10 win at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. In Round 14 against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Goodwin scored two tries in Canterbury's excellent 44-22 victory. Goodwin scored the next week in the Bulldogs 19-12 victory over the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium. The next week, he scored two tries in the dogs 30-18 win over the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium. The next week, Goodwin was sent off in Canterbury's 19-12 loss to the Manly-Warringah Seas Eagles at Brookvale Oval and was suspended for the next two matches.[citation needed] In round 20, Goodwin returned and scored one try in Canterbury's 27-8 loss to the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium. He scored again the next week in Canterbury's 26-18 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. In round 23, he scored in the Bulldogs 22-12 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville. His next and final try in his season came in Canterbury's 22-12 loss to the Parramatta Eels in front of a 74, 549 crowd at ANZ Stadium.[citation needed] At the end of his 2009 season, Goodwin scored a career best total of 20 tries for 80 points and Canterbury finished Preliminary Finalists.

After returning from England and France with the New Zealand test side, during pre-season leading into the 2010 season with the retirement of Canterbury great and former Lebanese and Australian Test player Hazem El Masri, Goodwin was chosen to be the Bulldogs new goal kicker.[citation needed] Goodwin didn't play in the Bulldogs first game of the 2010 season due to injury.[citation needed] In Goodwin's first appearance for Canterbury in the new decade, he kicked his first goal for the club against the St.George Illawarra Dragons in Round 2 at WIN Stadium in Wollongong. The next week, he scored six goals in Canterbury's 60-14 victory over the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium. He scored his first try of the 2010 season and scored two goals in Round 4 in Canterbury's 38-16 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. In round 7, Goodwin scored two tries and kicked six goals in Canterbury's 36-18 victory at ANZ Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos.[citation needed] Goodwin scored a try and booted six goals in Canterbury's 32-12 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. In the 2010 season he ended up with a total of 6 tries and kicked 73 goals for 170 points and Canterbury finished in thirteenth place. In the opening game of the 2011 season, Goodwin scored four goals in Canterbury's 24-14 win over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. The next week against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Goodwin scored a try off a kick and scored four goals in the Bulldogs 28-19 victory. In Canterbury's 36-24 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 7 at ANZ Stadium, Goodwin got injured and was ruled out for several weeks.[citation needed] Goodwin returned in Round 11 in Canterbury's 20-12 loss to the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium. In round 16 Goodwin was dropped for the first time since he joined the club.[citation needed] The last time Goodwin played in Reserve Grade was in 2008 while he was at the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.[citation needed] Goodwin made his first ever appearance in Reserve Grade for the Bulldogs in round 16 in their 32-15 win against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval. In that game Goodwin scored his first ever Reserve Grade try for the club and kicked 4 goals.[citation needed] Goodwin played the rest of the 2011 season in Reserve Grade which included playing for Canterbury in their 30-28 NSW Cup Grand Final win over the Auckland Vulcans, where he kicked 3 goals which helped the Canterbury Reserve Grade side win their 3rd successive Reserve Grade premiership in a row.[citation needed] His 2011 first grade season total ended up scoring 1 try and kicked 24 goals for 52 points and Canterbury finished in ninth place, missing out on the finals on points differencial. Goodwin began the 2012 season in first grade under new Canterbury coach Des Hasler and scored his first try in the opening game in Canterbury's 22-14 victory over the Penrith Panthers at Penrith. His next try came the next week in Canterbury's 30-4 win over the St. George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium. His third try came in the Bulldogs 46-12 win over rivals the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium. His next and last first grade try for the club came in Canterbury's 12-10 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium. In round 11 in Canterbury's easy 26-6 victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Goodwin injured his spleen in a collision with Sharks fullack Matthew Wright. The injury was career threatening.[citation needed] That match proved to be Goodwin's last ever first grade game for the club. Goodwin was out of action for a number of months and finally returned, to play the rest of the 2012 season in Reserve Grade. Goodwin's last ever game for the club was in the NSW Cup Preliminary Final in Canterbury's 34-6 loss to the Newtown Jets at Leichhardt Oval, where he kicked his last ever goal for the club. His 1st grade 2012 season total ended up with him scoring 4 tries and kicked 14 goals for 44 points.

South Sydney Rabbitohs (2013-)[edit]

After a four years with Canterbury-Bankstown, Goodwin signed a one year deal for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[citation needed] Goodwin mentioned on his signing to the Rabbitohs; "It is good to have it finally all sorted. It took a while, but I am excited to be going to such a good club".[citation needed] Souths coach Michael Maguire said of Goodwin; "Goodwin is a quality player with both first grade and international experience which will be invaluable for our backline. Unfortunately for him he had a season of injury in 2012 but he'll be joining our squad for pre-season preparations, giving him the best chance to make first grade. He's very professional in everything he does and we're looking forward to him bolstering our options in the backs."[citation needed] Goodwin made his debut for South Sydney in round 2 in their 14-12 victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium. The next week, Goodwin scored his first ever try for the club in South Sydney's 44-32 victory over the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium. The next week in round 4, Goodwin scored a try against his former club the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the Rabbits 17-12 victory at ANZ Stadium. The next week, Goodwin scored his third try in 3 successive matches for Souths by scoring their third try in South Sydney's close 24-22 victory over the New Zealand Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand which gave Souths four wins in their opening four matches. After a four match try drought, eventually in round 9, Goodwin scored a try in South Sydney's comfortable 28-10 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium. On 16 May 2013, Goodwin signed a two year contract extension with Souths for a price tag believed to be worth around $60,000 a year which will keep him at the club till the summer of 2015. On 27 May, Bryson scored his fifth try of the season in South Sydney's tight 14-12 loss to former club Cronulla Sharks at Cronulla Park.

Representative career[edit]

At the end of his 2009 season with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and through his New Zealand Māori descent, he was picked to tour and play with the New Zealand Kiwis at the 2009 Rugby League Four Nations tournament in England and France.[citation needed] Ten days before the New Zealanders headed over to Europe, Goodwin played his first international cap when he made his Test debut for New Zealand and also scored his first two tries for the country in the Kiwis 40-24 victory over Tonga in a Test Match at the Rotorua International Stadium in Rotorua, New Zealand.[citation needed] In New Zealand's opening round match at the Four Nations, Goodwin kicked his first two goals for New Zealand in their dramatic 20-20 draw with Australia at the Twickenham Stoop in London, England. In the next round, Goodwin scored his first try of the tournament and kicked nine goals in the Kiwis 62-12 victory over France at the Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse, France. In the Kiwis win over the French, Goodwin scored 22 points. In the third round, Goodwin scored one try and kicked two goals in New Zealand's 20-12 loss to co-hosts England at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield, England. After this defeat New Zealand finished in 3rd place on the tournament ladder and were therefore knocked out of the tournament. At the end of the tournament, Goodwin's tournament tally was scoring 2 tries and kicking 13 goals for 32 points.

In 2013 he was recalled to the Kiwis squad for the next World Cup.[2]


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