Damien Blanch

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Damien Blanch
Damien Blanch (10 November 2008) (1).jpg
Blanch while playing for Ireland in 2008
Personal information
Born (1983-05-24) 24 May 1983 (age 31)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 Castleford Tigers 6 0 0 0 0
2007 Widnes
2008–10 Wakefield Wildcats 52 36 0 0 144
2011–13 Catalans Dragons 75 46 0 0 184
Total 133 82 0 0 328
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2013 Ireland 9 9 0 0 36
As of 29 October 2013
Source: Rugby League Project

Damien Blanch is an Australian-born Irish international rugby league footballer. Blanch's usual position is wing. He last played in the Super League for Catalans Dragons and has previously played for Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.[2]

He received an international call-up from Ireland in November 2006,[3] and was named in the Ireland squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4] He finished the tournament among the top try scorers, attracting praise from many pundits for his good performances as Ireland exceeded expectations.

He was named Ireland player of the year for 2009.[5]

Blanch joined Catalans Dragons ahead of the 2011 Super League season, and remained there for three years before departing at the end of 2013.[6] In 2011 he was the club's top try-scorer.

He was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

He is currently playing for the Thirroul Butchers in the Illawarra Coal League.

Damien Blanch

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craven, Dave (2010-09-13). [http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/rugby-league/Wildcats-lose-prolific-winger-.6528315.jp League "Wildcats lose prolific winger"]. Yorkshire Post. UK: Johnston Press Digital Publishing. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Blanch signs deal with Wakefield". BBC. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Damien Blanch". Widnes. 2007-07-19. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Cassidy included in Ireland squad". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Hayne named Player of the Year". Daily Telegraph. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Dragons snap up Blanch". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 

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