Gareth Raynor

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Gareth Raynor
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Raynor while playing for Hull in 2008
Personal information
Full name Gareth Raynor
Born (1978-02-24) 24 February 1978 (age 36)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb) [1]
Playing information
Rugby league
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–01 Leeds Rhinos 4 0 0 0 0
2001–09 Hull 185 101 0 0 404
2010 Crusaders 7 4 0 0 16
2011 Bradford Bulls 20 6 0 0 24
2012 Featherstone Rovers 2 1 0 0 4
2013 London Skolars 5 8 0 0 32
Total 223 120 0 0 480
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005 Great Britain 3 1 0 0 4
Rugby union
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 Leeds Tykes 8 1 0 0 5
2002–03 Leicester Tigers 4 0 0 0 0
Total 12 1 0 0 5
As of 1 October 2011
Source: Hull F.C Player Profile

Gareth Raynor (born 24 February 1978) is a rugby league player for London Skolars of the Kingstone Press Championship 1.[2] He is a former Great Britain international who previously played for Hull, Crusaders, Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls in the Super League. Plus a spell with Aviva Premiership side, Leicester Tigers.

Background[edit]

Raynor started his career in rugby union as a centre. He started out at Pontefract RU and later moved onto Castleford Panthers before Leeds Tykes stumbled upon his performances and took a keen interest. It was not long after that he moved to the Tykes in 2000. He made 8 appearances (4 as substitute) for the Tykes in their Division One season.

Raynor left the Tykes in the summer and switched codes to play Rugby League for sister club, Leeds Rhinos.

Professional playing career[edit]

2000s[edit]

Gareth transferred to Leeds in the summer of 2000 and made three off the bench performances for the Rhinos. With little game time Gareth moved to Hull F.C. on a two year contract. Injury to established winger Chris Smith led to more starts that expected for Raynor and he soon became a fans' favourite. After the 2002 Super League season, he returned to rugby union and played for Leicester Tigers. He made four appearances in the 2002–03 season for Leicester[3] with two from the substitute bench before leaving to return to league and Hull midway through the 2003 season.[4]

Raynor was a regular at Hull after a successful season on the wing with 18 tries in all competitions at the end of 2005. Raynor played for Hull at centre in the 2005 Challenge Cup final, scoring a try in their victory against the Leeds Rhinos. Hull reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against St Helens RLFC and Raynor played on the wing in his side's 4-26 loss.[5] He became a Great Britain international, starring in the Tri Nations last season.

Gareth Raynor in action for Hull

He was forced to rule himself out contention for the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup through injury.[6]

2010s[edit]

For 2010's Super League XV, Raynor signed for Crusaders on a short-term deal, pending the results of his upcoming court case.[7][8] During the opening match of 2010's Super League XV against Leeds Rhinos, Raynor scored Crusaders first try of the season and only try of the match, going on to lose 34–6.

Raynor was jailed for 15 months on 17 May 2010 for his part in an eBay ink cartridges and computer games scam and breaching a suspended sentence for assault.[9] Despite a lucrative rugby career Raynors scam netted over £36k. He imported fake ink and Nintendo games cartridges from the Far East and re-packed it. He was caught after a complaint from EPSON ink manufacturers which made test buys from his eBay site.

On 16 September 2010 it was confirmed that he had signed a 1 year deal with the Bradford Bulls.[10][11] Raynor featured in three of the four pre-season games. He played against Halifax, Dewsbury Rams and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He scored a try against Halifax.

Gareth featured from Round 1 (Leeds Rhinos) to Round 5 (Huddersfield Giants). He picked up an injury then returned in Round 10 (Salford City Reds) through to Round 12 (Catalans Dragons). Raynor's next game would be Round 14 (Hull KR), he was suspended for the next two games. He then played in Round 17 (St Helens RLFC). Gareth then played in seven consecutive games from Round 19 (Leeds Rhinos) until Round 25 (Wigan Warriors). Raynor then featured in Round 27 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats). He also appeared in the Challenge Cup games against Halifax and Wigan Warriors during this match he was sent off for punching Sam Tomkins. He scored tries against Huddersfield Giants (1 try), Hull KR (1 try), Catalans Dragons (1 try), Castleford Tigers (1 try) and Halifax RLFC (2 tries). He signed a 1 year extension with the Bulls.

He was sacked by the Bulls in the off season for undisclosed reasons.

He signed for the 2012 season but only played 4 games, scoring 3 tries.

After July 22, 2013 he signed a year long contract with the London Skolars in the Kingstone Press Championship 1[2] which proved as quite a shock to all the rugby league admirers. He provided a try 2 minutes into his Skolars debut against Oldham RLFC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official Engage Super League web site". web page. Super League. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.loverugbyleague.com/news_12749-skolars-sign-raynor.html
  3. ^ "Raynor rejoins Hull". BBC – Leicester. 2003-06-23. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Gareth Raynor Profile". Leicester Tigers. 2003-06-23. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  5. ^ "St Helens 26-4 Hull FC". BBC News. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Winger Raynor to miss World Cup". BBC. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  7. ^ "Hull confirm Raynor exit". Sky Sports. 2009-12-26. 
  8. ^ Irvine, Christopher (2010-01-19). "Crusaders make Gareth Raynor ninth new signing". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Rugby player Gareth Raynor jailed for internet scam". bbc.co.uk. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Raynor wings in for Bulls". 
  11. ^ "Bradford Bulls sign winger Gareth Raynor". BBC Sport (BBC). 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 

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