Chev Walker

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Chev Walker
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Personal information
Full name Chev Walker
Born (1982-10-09) 9 October 1982 (age 32)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 16 st 5 lb (104 kg)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–06 Leeds 180 83 0 0 332
2008–10 Hull Kingston Rovers 35 5 0 0 20
2011– Bradford 72 6 0 0 24
Total 287 94 0 0 376
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–03 Yorkshire
As of 15 September 2014

Chev Walker (born 10 October 1982) is an English professional rugby league player for Bradford of Super League. He has played both rugby league and rugby union professionally. A Great Britain and England international representative three-quarter back, Walker has played for Super League clubs Leeds Rhinos, Hull Kingston Rovers and Bradford Bulls.

Playing career[edit]

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

He played the position of Centre for Leeds and made his debut against Halifax on 13 August 1999 aged 16.

In July 2003, Walker was found guilty of brawling in the street in Leeds, and was sent to a young offenders' institution for 18 months. The other offenders were Leeds team mates Ryan Bailey (sentenced to nine months detention in a young offenders institution) and Dwayne Barker (ordered to do 150 hours of community service) and Rochdale Hornets' Paul Owen (gaoled for 15 months).[1]

He is of Jamaican heritage[2] and expressed a desire to represent the West Indies.[3] Just after his 18th birthday Walker played for England in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup[4] and made his Great Britain debut in 2004, coming off the bench against Australia in the opening game of that year's Tri Nations competition. In total Walker has six caps for Great Britain and six for England. He also has representative league honours with England A, England Under-21s and Yorkshire.

Walker featured in the Rugby League Challenge Cup final in 2003. He played for the Leeds Rhinos at cenre in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. As Super League IX champions, the Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Walker played at centre and scored a try in Leeds' 39–32 victory.

Walker played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup final at centre in their loss against Hull FC.[5] By the end of the 2005 season he had scored 75 tries in 156 appearances for Leeds, an average of almost one try every two games. He was also part of the Leeds team which won the 2005 World Club Challenge when Leeds defeated Bulldogs. He played for the Leeds Rhinos at centre in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls.

On 6 June 2006, it was announced that Walker had signed for the England|English rugby union team Bath RFC, and would join the club from the end of the Rugby League season in November 2006.[6][7][8]

Rugby union[edit]

England's union coach, Brian Ashton, identified Walker as a player with international potential when he helped to sign him in his previous role at Bath but the 24-year-old centre struggled to settle after moving south from Leeds on a two-year contract, and made only eight Guinness Premiership starts.

Walker was linked with a return to rugby league with various clubs before signing for Hull Kingston Rovers in September 2007.

Hull Kingston Rovers[edit]

Since 2007 he has played rugby league for Hull Kingston Rovers. On 18 September 2009 Chev suffered a horrific compound leg fracture in the Super League title playoff against Champions Leeds. Bradford signed Walker on a 1 year deal at the end of the 2010 season.

Bradford[edit]

Walker appeared in two of the four pre-season games. He played against Halifax and Wakefield Trinity. Chev featured in Round 1 (Leeds) to Round 3 (Crusaders RL). He then played in six consecutive games from Round 8 (Harlequins RL) to Round 13 (Warrington). He featured in Round 26 (Crusaders RL) and Round 27 (Wakefield Trinity). Chev also featured in the Challenge Cup game against Halifax. He picked up a pectoral injury which kept him out all season. Walker scored a try against Hull. He signed a 1 year extension to his contract.

Walker appeared in three of the four pre-season games. He played against Castleford, Dewsbury and Hull. He scored a try against Castleford. Chev featured in three consecutive games from Round 1 (Catalans Dragons) to Round 3 (Wigan). He missed Rounds 4–5 due to an injury. He then featured in three consecutive games from Round 6 (Hull Kingston Rovers) to Round 8 (Salford). He missed Rounds 9–11 and Round 4 of the Challenge Cup due to injury. He featured in Round 15 (Leeds). He was then injured for Rounds 16–18. He returned for Rounds 19 (Wigan) to Round 27 (Catalans Dragons). Chev signed a 1 year extension to his current contract to keep him at Odsal until the end of 2013.

Walker featured in the pre-season friendlies against Dewsbury Rams and Leeds Rhinos. He featured in six consecutive games from Round 1 (Wakefield Wildcats) to Round 6 (Widnes Vikings). Chev was injured for Round 7. Walker featured in Round 8 (Catalan Dragons) to Round 9 (Leeds Rhinos). Chev missed Round 10 due to injury. Walker returned and played in Round 11 (London Broncos) to Round 17 (Hull KR). He was injured for Round 18–19. He returned in Round 20 (Warrington Wolves) and then in Round 23 (Wakefield Wildcats) to Round 26 (London Broncos). Walker featured in the Challenge Cup against Rochdale Hornets and London Broncos. He scored against Castleford Tigers (1 try), London Broncos (1 try), Rochdale Hornets (1 try) and Warrington Wolves (1 try). Walker signed a 1 year extension to his contract with the option of another year mid-way through the season.

Walker featured in the pre-season games against Hull FC and Castleford Tigers. He featured in Round 1 (Castleford Tigers) to Round 3 (London Broncos). Chev featured in Round 5 (Huddersfield Giants) and then Round 7 (Widnes Vikings) to Round 10 (Wigan Warriors). Walker played in Round 12 (St Helens RLFC) to Round 13 (Huddersfield Giants). Chev featured in Round 15 (Wakefield Wildcats) to Round 19 (Catalan Dragons) then in Round 21 (Huddersfield Giants). Walker played in Round 26 (Widnes Vikings) and Round 27 (London Broncos). He also featured in Round 4 (Oldham Roughyeds) to the Quarter Final (Warrington Wolves) in the Challenge Cup. Chev scored against Widnes Vikings (1 try).

He signed a 1 Year Extension on his contract despite the Bulls being relegated to the Championship.

(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

Season Appearance Tries Goals F/G Points
2011 Bradford 12 1 0 0 4
2012 Bradford 16 0 0 0 0
2013 Bradford 23 4 0 0 16
2014 Bradford 21 1 0 0 4
Total 72 6 0 0 24

Super League tries[edit]

Scores and results list Chev's try tally first.[9]
Date Venue Opponent Result Tournament Scored
23 June 2000 Headingley Warrington 28–24 Super League 3
1 September 2000 Headingley St Helens 20–35 Super League 1
3 March 2001 Griffin Park London Broncos 18–50 Super League 2
16 March 2001 Headingley Wakefield Trinity 42–14 Super League 1
22 April 2001 The Willows Salford 14–19 Super League 1
4 May 2001 Headingley St Helens 74–16 Super League 1
1 June 2001 Headingley London Broncos 36–12 Super League 1
6 July 2001 Headingley Salford 56–6 Super League 1
31 August 2001 Headingley Warrington 16–12 Super League 1
15 September 2001 Odsal Bradford 62–18 Super League 1
19 April 2002 Headingley Wakefield Trinity 52–22 Super League 3
28 June 2002 Belle Vue Wakefield Trinity 32–36 Super League 2
4 July 2002 Headingley Warrington 22–23 Super League 1
26 July 2002 Headingley Salford 39–38 Super League 1
6 September 2002 Headingley Bradford 18–20 Super League 1
21 March 2003 Headingley Huddersfield 42–28 Super League 2
28 March 2003 The Shay Halifax 14–20 Super League 1
17 April 2003 The Jungle Castleford 14–15 Super League 1
23 May 2003 Odsal Bradford 48–22 Super League 1
13 June 2003 Headingley St Helens 20–14 Super League 1
20 June 2003 Belle Vue Wakefield Trinity 12–48 Super League 1
18 July 2003 Headingley Halifax 54–6 Super League 1
25 July 2003 Headingley London Broncos 27–22 Super League 1
22 February 2004 Headingley London Broncos 58–14 Super League 2
19 March 2004 Headingley Wigan 36–24 Super League 1
12 April 2004 The Willows Salford 0–44 Super League 2
16 April 2004 Headingley Huddersfield 38–6 Super League 3
26 June 2004 Headingley Hull 28–24 Super League 1
4 July 2004 Wilderspool Warrington 22–38 Super League 1
15 August 2004 Wilderspool Warrington 12–44 Super League 1
10 September 2004 Knowsley Road St Helens 19–25 Super League 1
17 September 2004 Headingley London Broncos 42–14 Super League 1
11 February 2005 KC Stadium Hull 12–16 Super League 1
18 February 2005 Headingley St Helens 30–18 Super League 1
6 March 2005 Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield 10–54 Super League 2
24 March 2005 Odsal Bradford 12–42 Super League 1
9 April 2005 Headingley London Broncos 64–6 Super League 1
13 May 2005 Hilton Park Leigh 4–60 Super League 1
18 June 2005 Headingley Wigan 70–0 Super League 2
23 July 2005 Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington 22–46 Super League 2
7 August 2005 Hilton Park Leigh 0–74 Super League 1
2 September 2005 JJB Stadium Wigan 24–22 Super League 1
16 September 2005 Headingley Wakefield Trinity 34–26 Super League 1
5 March 2006 Headingley Castleford 66–14 Super League 3
11 March 2006 Stade Aime Giral Catalans Dragons 10–58 Super League 1
7 April 2006 KC Stadium Hull 26–34 Super League 1
26 May 2006 Odsal Bradford 0–30 Super League 1
9 June 2006 Headingley Wigan 48–22 Super League 1
16 June 2006 The Willows Salford 18–19 Super League 1
2 July 2006 Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield 14–36 Super League 1
15 March 2008 Craven Park Castleford 20–4 Super League 1
24 March 2008 JJB Stadium Wigan 18–12 Super League 1
30 March 2008 Craven Park Huddersfield 24–24 Super League 1
4 May 2008 Millennium Stadium Hull 17–22 Super League 1
15 March 2009 Craven Park Crusaders 48–18 Super League 1

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