Clint Newton

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Clint Newton
Clint Newton 2013.jpg
Newton in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1981-06-18) 18 June 1981 (age 33)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–07 Newcastle Knights 100 12 0 0 48
2007 Melbourne Storm 15 4 0 0 16
2008–11 Hull Kingston Rovers 100 40 0 0 160
2012–13 Penrith Panthers 46 6 1 0 26
2014– Newcastle Knights 2 0 0 0 0
Total 263 62 1 0 250
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007 Country Origin 1 0 0 0 0
2013 United States 4 2 0 0 8
As of 18 November 2013
Source: RLP

Clint Newton (born 18 June 1981) is an American-born Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League. He previously played for the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League competition and the Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He primarily plays second-row.

Newton represented the United States in their successful 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign

Early years[edit]

Clint Newton is the son of Jackie and professional golfer Jack Newton and the brother of professional golfer Kristie Newton. He was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA whilst his father was competing in the 1981 U.S. Open.[1]

The Newtons moved back to Jack's native Newcastle, New South Wales where Clint began playing rugby league with the Valentine-Eleebana junior rugby league club.

During his junior years Clint was coached by former Newcastle Knights captain Sam Stewart.

Newcastle Knights[edit]

Newton made his first grade debut coming off the bench in Newcastle Knights 45–24 victory over New Zealand Warriors in Round 7 of the 2001 NRL season. Newton was not involved in Newcastles' Grand Final win that season, with his seventh and final appearance of the season coming in the Round 23 loss to Wests Tigers where he suffered a season ending shoulder injury.

After recovering from his shoulder injury he gained selection in the Knights first team for the 2002 World Club Challenge against the Bradford Bulls. Newton was then selected for Newcastles' 38–12 Round 1 victory against Northern Eagles, scoring his first try in the game. Newton went on to appear regularly for Newcastle during the 2002 season, making 25 appearances, mainly from the bench, and scoring 4 tries. However it wasn't until Round 7 of the 2004 season that Newton held down a regular first team starting role after suffering two severe ankle injuries in 2003.

In 2006 he was selected to play Country Origin, but was ruled out with injury and replaced by, ironically the man he struck in the elbow late in the 2004 season, Ashton Sims (see below). Sims himself was also ruled out and replaced by then-Wests Tigers backrower Anthony Laffranchi.

Ashton Sims incident[edit]

During the 2004 season, Newton was sent off in the Round 24 match against St George Illawarra Dragons. Newton received a 12 week suspension for elbowing St George Illawarra Dragons forward Ashton Sims.[2] The suspension cost Newton the chance to represent the United States in an international match against Australia later that year.

Newton had been sin binned four weeks earlier against the Cowboys for a professional foul.

Departure[edit]

On 27 May 2007, Newton started in Newcastle Knights 71–6 defeat by Brisbane Broncos in what turned out to be his last game for the club. The next day, Newton announced he was leaving the Newcastle Knights after just 100 games, due to "personal reasons" and after learning coach, Brian Smith no longer saw him as a "must keep" for the remainder of the 2007 season or beyond.[3]

Melbourne Storm[edit]

On 29 May 2007 Newton signed with the Melbourne Storm.[4] He started in the second row in the Storm's round 13 clash with the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland and was one of the best players on the field, playing the full 80 minutes.

He went on to play and score in the Grand Final, a 34–8 victory over Manly, becoming the second player to transfer mid-year to a Grand Final winning club and made history by being the first player to transfer mid-year and score a try in his winning Grand Final match. In all Newton played 15 matches for Melbourne, ending up on the losing side only once, a Round 20 defeat by Sydney Roosters. He had the same birthdays as fellow Storm players Billy Slater and Cameron Smith but was two years older than both players.

Hull KR[edit]

On 17 October 2007, he was released by the Melbourne Storm due to salary cap restrictions and announced his move to the European Super League on a two year contract at Hull KR.[5]

2008[edit]

Newton made his Hull KR debut in the opening match of the 2008 season, a narrow 20–12 away defeat by reigning champions Leeds Rhinos. Newton went on to score his first try for the club in only his second match, a thrilling 24–22 home victory against St. Helens.

2009[edit]

Newton has been a star performer during the 2009 season, including scoring two hat tricks against Crusaders and Warrington Wolves. During the season Newton has, on occasions, been used as a starting prop forward before reverting to his familiar second row role later in the match. He has scored 12 Super League tries and 3 challenge cup tries in the 2009 season, his excellent form earning him a spot in the 2009 Super League Dream Team alongside teammates Ben Galea, Michael Dobson and Shaun Briscoe. Newton signed a four-year contract to take him through to the end of 2013 with Hull KR.[6]

2010[edit]

Following on from the successful 2009 campaign Newton continued his string of impressive performances in the opening round defeat of Salford City Reds, scoring a try in the 30–12 victory.

Penrith Panthers[edit]

Newton signed a two year deal with the Penrith Panthers from 2012.

Return to Newcastle Knights[edit]

On 6 September 2013, Newton signed a 1-year contract to return to the Newcastle Knights.[7]

Outside Rugby League[edit]

While recuperating from injury in 2008, Clint caddied for Nikki Garrett during the Goteborg Masters in Sweden.[8] Newton has also appeared alongside Garrett at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic.[9][10]

During 2009 Clint appeared on the BBC World News show, Peschardt's People, where he talked to journalist Michael Peschardt about rugby league, his life in Hull and his family.

Career highlights[edit]

  • Junior Club: Valentine-Eleebana (Newcastle)
  • First Grade Debut: Newcastle v Warriors at EnergyAustralia Stadium, 31 March 2001 (Round 7)
  • First Grade Record: 115 career NRL games to date, scoring 16 tries
  • Super League Debut: Leeds v Hull KR at Headingley Stadium, 2 February 2008

Super League Tries[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Tournament Scored
10 February 2008 Craven Park St. Helens 24–22 Super League XIII 1
24 March 2008 JJB Stadium Wigan Warriors 18–12 Super League XIII 1
13 April 2008 Craven Park Bradford Bulls 20–18 Super League XIII 1
21 June 2008 Craven Park Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18–26 Super League XIII 1
8 March 2009 Craven Park Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 31–18 Super League XIV 1
15 March 2009 Craven Park Crusaders 48–18 Super League XIV 3
3 May 2009 Murrayfield Stadium Warrington Wolves 28–36 Super League XIV 1
20 June 2009 Brewery Field Crusaders 18–32 Super League XIV 2
21 August 2009 The Willows Salford City Reds 10–14 Super League XIV 1
5 September 2009 Craven Park Warrington Wolves 40–16 Super League XIV 3
12 September 2009 Belle Vue Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 24–10 Super League XIV 1
7 February 2010 Craven Park Salford City Reds 30–12 Super League XV 1
16 May 2010 Craven Park Crusaders 54-10 Super League XV 2
21 May 2010 Knowsley Road St. Helens 68-12 Super League XV 1
20 June 2010 Craven Park Harlequins RL 42-6 Super League XV 2
25 June 2010 Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield Giants 16-16 Super League XV 1
4 July 2010 Belle Vue Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 14-46 Super League XV 1
15 July 2010 KC Stadium Hull 20-16 Super League XV 1
24 July 2010 Craven Park Bradford Bulls 49-24 Super League XV 2
15 August 2010 The Willows Salford City Reds 18-44 Super League XV 2
13 February 2011 Millennium Stadium Hull 22-34 Super League XV 1
20 February 2011 Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington Wolves 24-22 Super League 2
7 March 2011 The Jungle Castleford Tigers 27-14 Super League 1
25 June 2011 Twickenham Stoop Harlequins RL 0-34 Super League 1

Personal life[edit]

Clint previously dated ex Newcastle Knights cheergirl and future Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins.[11]

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