Ian Watson (rugby league)
27 October 1976 |
|1996||→ Workington Town (loan)||1||15||0||34|
|Source: RLP walesrugbyleague.co.uk|
Ian Watson (born 27 October 1976) is a Welsh rugby league footballer and coach who plays at Scrum-half/Halfback, or Hooker. He is currently a player-coach for Swinton in the Championship. He previously played for Salford City Reds, Workington Town, Widnes Vikings, Rochdale Hornets, Oldham Roughyeds, Halifax, Leigh Centurions and the Wales national rugby league team.
Watson started his professional career with Salford coming though from local amateur team Eccles ARLFC. In July 1996, he joined Workington Town on loan, where he played in the Super League for the first time. He returned to Salford for the 1997 season, making 27 appearances for the club. Following the signings of Martin Crompton and Josh White, despite being a firm club favourite Watson was deemed surplus to requirements, and was sold to Swinton Lions for a fee of £15,000. He spent three years with Swinton before signing a one-year contract with Widnes Vikings for the 2001 season. He returned to the Super League a year later, re-joining Salford on a one-year deal.
In January 2014, Watson was appointed as player-coach for Swinton.
Ian Watson holds the record for having won the most caps for Wales. Having made his debut against the USA in Philadelphia in 1995, he made 30 appearances for his country, scoring 7 tries and kicking one goal. He played at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. His final appearance for Wales came during the 2011 Four Nations tournament against New Zealand, and he announced his international retirement shortly after.
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