Danny Sculthorpe

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Danny Sculthorpe
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Sculthorpe
Nickname Scully
Born (1979-09-08) 8 September 1979 (age 34)
Oldham, Greater Manchester, England
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996–97 Leeds Rhinos 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Warrington Wolves 0 0 0 0 0
1998–01 Rochdale Hornets 0 0 0 0 0
2001–06 Wigan Warriors 72 8 0 0 32
2006–07 Castleford Tigers 19 0 0 0 17
2007–09 Wakefield Trinity 39 1 0 0 0
2009 Huddersfield Giants 13 0 0 0 0
Total 143 9 0 0 49
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003 England A 3 0 0 0 0
Lancashire
As of 19 April 2010
Source: RLP

Danny Sculthorpe (born 8 September 1979) is an English retired rugby league footballer. Born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, he last plaured as a prop for Widnes Vikings.[2] He also played for Rochdale Hornets, Wigan Warriors, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Huddersfield Giants.[2] He is the younger brother of former player Paul Sculthorpe.

He was diabetic he and was dogged by injury, dietary and fitness issues throughout his career.[3][4]

Sculthorpe injured his back training with weights in January 2002, keeping him out of the Wigan first team squad. He returned to fitness with a four-week loan spell at his former club, Rochdale. Wigan coach Stuart Raper commented: "Danny is fit, but we've nowhere to play him. At Rochdale he's in an environment he'll be comfortable in and it will enable us to assess his return to fitness. It is another step on his road back to match action."[citation needed]

Raper's confidence in Sculthorpe was confirmed when he was recalled from Rochdale in September 2002. He made his first team début on his 23rd birthday, helping the Warriors to crush St Helens, a team that contained his brother Paul, 48-8 at the JJB Stadium. He consolidated his position as a first team regular during 2003. In 2004 Danny signed a new 3-year contract with Wigan despite speculation linking him with a move to St Helens. Assistant coach Denis Betts said: "I never had any doubt that Danny would stay here. He has developed into a top-quality player and we are pleased he has committed his future to us." He spent 2006's Super League XI on loan at Castleford Tigers from Wigan, before joining Wakefield for 2007's Super League XII.[citation needed]

Danny joined Huddersfield Giants in a swap loan deal with Michael Korkidas, before moving on to Bradford. He failed to make a single appearance for Bradford after his diabetes forced him into taking a year off from the sport.[3] His contract with Bradford ended and he quickly moved onto the Widnes Vikings in the Championship before leaving the club at the end of the 2011 season.[5]

Danny was also picked to play for Lancashire in the 2003 Origin match.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Danny toured South Africa in 2001 with the U21 England squad, coached by Wigan assistant coach John Kear. He was later named in the 2003 England A squad to face Australia and to play in the European Nations Cup.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yahoo Sport New Zealand Player Profile". web page. Yahoo New Zealand. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Danny Sculthorpe - Rugby League Project". RugbyLeagueProject.org. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Sculthorpe sinks his claws into Wildcats boss Kear". Telegraph and Argus. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Back to the Clinic - Diabetes". Channel 4 Embarrassing Illnesses. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Danny Sculthorpe released by Widnes Vikings". Liverpool Echo. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.