Issac Luke

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Issac Luke
Issac Luke DallyM 2012.jpg
Luke at the 2012 Dally M Awards with Mikayla Watts
Personal information
Nickname Bully
Born (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 27)[1]
Hawera, New Zealand
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007– South Sydney 168 33 115 0 362
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008– New Zealand 31 5 16 0 52

Issac Luke (born 29 May 1987 in Hawera, Taranaki) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League (NRL). A New Zealand national representative hooker, he has played his entire professional career to date with the Rabbitohs. Luke is a member of the World Cup-winning New Zealand team that beat Australia in the 2008 Final. He was a part of the Rabbitohs squad that won the 2014 NRL Premiership, however despite being named as starting hooker, was ruled out for the final due to suspension.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Luke's wife Mickayela is a cousin of fellow Kiwi rugby league international Sonny Bill Williams,[3] with whom he also played in the juniors at the Bulldogs.[4] Luke is a cousin of England international Rangi Chase.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Prior to making his professional debut, Luke played Jersey Flegg Cup for the Bulldogs alongside fellow New Zealander and future Kiwis teammate Sonny Bill Williams.[5] Luke made his NRL debut for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 12 of the 2007 NRL season against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium, coming off the bench. In Round 19 Against the North Queensland Cowboys Issac Luke had his first NRL start, playing at hooker. He scored his first NRL try and was awarded the Brut Man Of the Match award for his efforts. Luke tasted finals football in his debut year, coming off the bench in the Rabbitohs 30 - 6 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He was awarded the John Sattler Rookie of the Year at the South Sydney annual Red and Green Ball and presentation night held at the AJC function centre at Randwick Racecourse Sydney. He also was second only to Israel Folau in the dally m rookie of the year award. His year was capped off by being named in the Train on Squad for the New Zealand Kiwis

Rabbitohs NRL Stats

Games Tries Goals F/G Points
15 3 2 0 16
Issac Luke and Adam Blair performing the Haka for New Zealand.

Luke started the season well but a broken bone in his hand in the round 3 loss to the Penrith Panthers sidelined him for 4 weeks. He came back in round 7 against the Brisbane Broncos and added some much needed spark to the team but they came up short going down 32 - 18. His return from injury came just in time for him to make his test debut for the Kiwis for the ANZAC day test at the SCG.[6] He started the game at hooker and had a solid debut. Luke was named at Halfback For the Round 8 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys to accommodate both himself and fellow hooker George Ndaira in the starting side. During Round 13 against The Warriors, Luke was instrumental for Souths, which included setting up a great try to put Souths ahead at Half Time. He was named Man of the Match. Round 14 against the Titans Luke scored his first career double and slotted the match winning penalty for a 24-23 victory. In August 2008, Luke was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[7] and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad.[8]

Luke was considered one of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament's 'Players to Watch' by NRL Live.[9] He was then a crucial part of the Kiwi side that lifted the World Cup in 2008, beating Australia 36 - 24 before over 50,000 spectators at Brisbane's Lang Park. Also in 2008, he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.[10]

Rabbitohs NRL Stats

Games Tries Goals F/G Points
20 6 41 0 106

Luke made 68 NRL appearances for Souths in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. In none of those seasons did the Rabbitohs qualify for the finals series.[11] He represented New Zealand in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Four Nations tournaments, playing off the substitutes bench for the Kiwis' win the 2010 edition.[12] For the 2010 Anzac Test, Luke was selected to play for New Zealand at hooker in their loss against Australia. Luke's 2011 Four Nations tournament ended in controversy after he was criticised for a series of cynical tackles on opposing players.[13] Luke admitted that in a match against England, he had attempted to break the leg of Rangi Chase, England's New Zealand-born half-back.[14]

For the 2013 Anzac Test, Luke was selected to play for New Zealand at hooker in their loss again Australia.

Highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Issac Luke". yahoo.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2014/10/05/grand_final_late_mail_team_changes.html
  3. ^ a b Night of mixed emotions for Souths' Issac Luke, by Chris Barclay, Stuff.co.nz, dated 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ Russell Crowe a buy-word in Souths lore, by Danny Weidler, Sydney Morning Herald, dated 4 October 2014.
  5. ^ Sonny Bill Williams in tears after being named player of year, by Brad Walter, smh.com.au, dated 28 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Kiwis call up Test surprises". Fox Sports. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  9. ^ "World Cup Players to Watch". NRL Live. 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Isaac Luke: Career Stats & Summary". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Australia 12 lost to New Zealand 16". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Ritchie, Dean (1 December 2011). "I need help, says maligned Issac Luke". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kiwi Issac Luke admits trying to break leg of England's Rangi Chase". BBC Sport. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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