Gareth Ellis

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Gareth Ellis
Gaerth Ellis.jpg
Ellis playing for Leeds in 2007
Personal information
Born (1981-05-03) 3 May 1981 (age 33)[1]
Castleford, Yorkshire, England
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–05 Wakefield Trinity 105 22 1 0 90
2005–08 Leeds Rhinos 109 24 1 0 98
2009–12 Wests Tigers 75 10 0 0 40
2013 Hull FC 17 2 0 0 8
Total 306 58 2 0 236
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–07 Great Britain 17 2 0 0 8
2004–10 England 15 2 0 0 8
Yorkshire
As of 3 September 2012
Source: League Central, Rugby League Project

Gareth Ellis (born 3 May 1981 in Castleford, West Yorkshire) is an English professional rugby league footballer for Hull FC in the Super League. He has represented at international level for Great Britain and England and primarily plays in the back row. Ellis previously played in the European Super League competition for Leeds Rhinos (with whom he won the 2007 and 2008 Championships) and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats[edit]

Ellis was a junior at Castleford Lock Lane prior to signing for Wakefield's Academy side in 1999, making his first team debut later that year. He broke into the Wildcats team in 2000. He made over 100 appearances for Wakefield and became the club's first player to represent Great Britain for 12 years in 2003. Ellis first played for the Great Britain team in the final test of the 2003 Ashes series.[2]

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

The second row joined the Rhinos from Wakefield in 2005. As Super League IX champions, the Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Ellis played at loose forward in Leeds' 39-32 victory..[3][4] Ellis played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup final at loose forward in their loss against Hull FC.[5] Ellis also receive a 2006 Super League Grand final runners up medal. He played for the Leeds Rhinos at second-row forward in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls.

He has been capped 17 times for Great Britain and in 2007 was named in the International Team of the Year having started in 11 consecutive Tests for the Lions.[6]

In February 2008, Ellis agreed to a contract with Australian National Rugby League club, Wests Tigers, for a three-year deal commencing in 2009.[7]

Ellis was named in the Super League Dream Team for 2008's Super League XIII season.[8] He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St Helens.[9]

Ellis was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.[10] Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played second-row forward in England's victory.

He was selected to play for England against France in the one-off test in 2010.[11]

Wests Tigers[edit]

Gareth Ellis playing for the Wests Tigers against the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Stadium

Great Britain forward Gareth Ellis cited a lifestyle change and the desire to test himself on the biggest stage for his reasons to quit Super League champions Leeds Rhinos at the end of the new season.[6][12][13] Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens praised new signing Gareth Ellis on making a decision based purely on a challenge rather than money.[14]

"Gareth Ellis has no body fat, he has an 'eight pack', will run for 200m and leave six players being taken off on stretchers. He has to be the best forward I've ever played with."

-Liam Fulton [15]

He joined the list of British players who have played for the Wests Tigers joint venture through Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies - Andy Currier, Ellery Hanley, Lee Crooks, Garry Schofield and Harvey Howard.[16] He scored his first try in the NRL off a toe poke from Robbie Farah. Gareth Ellis became the first Great Britain forward to switch to the NRL since former Sydney Roosters hitman Adrian Morley spent six successful seasons in Australia.[17][18]

During his second season with the Wests Tigers, Ellis signed an extension until the end of 2013.[19] Coach Tim Sheens said, "In my time here, dollar-for-dollar, he's been the best buy this club has had."[20]

Reduced to 18 appearances in 2011, Ellis made a trip to England mid-season, suffering from an ankle injury and home-sickness.[21] However, he played well enough to be named the Wests Tigers Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.[22]

Return to England[edit]

It was announced on 28 February 2012 that Ellis was looking to return to Super League in 2013 which has sparked a flurry of interest from Super League clubs to sign the player. On 21 March 2012 it was announced he would be joining Super League club Hull F.C.

Accolades and awards[edit]

In November 2008, Ellis was named at second-row in the inaugural Rugby League International Federation's (RLIF) Team of the Year, tying for the position with Anthony Laffranchi.[23] In 2009 he was placed in the side again.[24]

Ellis was named the Wests Tigers Player of the Year for 2009 and also won the Members Player of the Year.[25] He was nominated for the Golden Boot for his efforts throughout the season.[26] He was again named the Tigers Player of the Year in 2010[27] and 2011.[22]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Stott, Julie (6 October 2010). "England Four Nations Pen Pics". News of the World (UK: News Group Newspapers Ltd.). Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tri-Nations: Great Britain profiles". Mail Online (UK: Associated Newspapers). 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Paul Fletcher (26 January 2005). "Ellis out to make his mark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ellis agrees Tigers deal". Sportinglife. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC News. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Rhinos confirm Ellis move for 2009". Leeds Rhinos. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Marshall extends his contract". Fox Sports News (Australia). 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "2008 engage Super League Dream Team". Super League. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Hadfield, Dave (2010-06-13). "Widdop passes his first Test at a canter". The Independent (UK: Independent Print Limited). Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  12. ^ "Ellis pledges to focus on Rhinos". Sportinglife. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  13. ^ "Tigers confirm Marshall retention, Ellis signing". Leaguehq. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Challenge is the key for Ellis says Sheens". Wests Tigers. 8 February 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  15. ^ Nicolussi, Christian (17 July 2012). "Liam Fulton praises Wests Tigers team-mate Gareth Ellis". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wests Tigers sign world's best second rower". Wests Tigers. 8 February 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  17. ^ "GB's Ellis reportedly signs with Tigers". NRL.com. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  18. ^ "Ellis agrees switch to Australia". BBC. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  19. ^ "Ellis signs up for two more years with Wests Tigers". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  20. ^ Daniel Lewis (5 June 2010). "Shades of Hanley as countryman steps up". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  21. ^ Christian Nicolussi (17 June 2011). "Trip home best medicine for Gareth Ellis". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Gareth Ellis is Wests Tigers Player of the Year". Ozzie News. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Slater, Storm dominate awards". Fox Sports (Australia). 17 November 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  24. ^ "ELLIS NAMED WORLD'S BEST SECOND-ROWER". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  25. ^ Wayne Cousins. "ELLIS NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  26. ^ "Jarryd Hayne snubbed for Golden Boot". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 11 November 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  27. ^ Wayne Cousins. "GARETH ELLIS NAMED WESTS TIGERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 

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