Cliff Beverley

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Cliff Beverley
Personal information
Full name Clifford Beverley
Born 25 March 1977
New Zealand
Height 183 cm
Weight 86 kg
Playing information
Position Fullback, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995 Waitakere City 4 0 0 0 0
1999–2001 Auckland Warriors 44 8 0 0 32
2002 Barrow Raiders
2003–2005 Salford City Reds 48 13 0 0 52
Total 96 21 0 0 84
As of 1 November 2008
Source: RLP

Cliff Beverley (born 25 March 1977 in New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league player. His preferred position was Five Eighth, although he was somewhat of a utility and spent considerable time at fullback.

Early years[edit]

A junior from the Glenora club, his childhood hero was Wally Lewis.[1] Beverley played in the 1995 Lion Red Cup for the Waitakere City Raiders.[2] He also represented Auckland in the 1998 domestic season and Auckland North in 1999.[3][4]

Warriors[edit]

Beverley signed for the then Auckland Warriors in 1999. He made his debut in round four, replacing an injured Matthew Ridge.[5] He played 44 National Rugby League games for the club, half of them from the bench.

England[edit]

In 2001 Beverley moved to England to play for the Barrow Raiders in the National League. He then transferred to the Salford City Reds in 2002. Here he topped the try-scoring list, scoring 38 tries, and helped the club win the National League One grand final and promotion to the Super League.[6] After receiving interest from several bigger Super League clubs including Hull and St. Helens he decided to remain at Salford to help them succeed in the top division.[7] He remained with the club for two more years, playing 48 Super League games.

Later years[edit]

He returned to New Zealand at the end of the 2005 season citing home sickness.[8] He then joined the new Waitakere Rangers franchise in the Bartercard Cup before retiring at the end of 2007.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ It's kids' stuff for Beverley Manchester Evening New, 27 April 2004
  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.106
  3. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.125
  4. ^ Jessup, Peter (16 March 1999). "Rugby League: Injury gives Hoppe a starting chance". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Cliff Beverley rugbyleague.co.nz
  6. ^ Leading Scorers in Britain after Round 27 rleague.com, 17 Sep 2003
  7. ^ Bev's ready for a 2 year deal Salford Advertiser, 17/7/2003
  8. ^ Beverley poised for Salford exit BBC Sport, 21 July 2005
  9. ^ Bartercard Cup - Round 14 team lists NZRL Media Release, July 19th, 2007