4 February 1993 |
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth|
|2013–15||Indigenous All Stars||2||0||0||0||0|
Jack Wighton (born 4 February 1993) is an Australian professional rugby league player who currently plays for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League. A NSW Country and Indigenous All Stars representative player, Wighton is a backline utility player that can fill in at centre, fullback, wing and five-eighth.
Born in Orange, New South Wales, Wighton played his junior football for Orange CYMS before being signed by the Canberra Raiders. Wighton played for the Raiders NYC team in 2011 before being promoted to the Raiders Full-time NRL squad. Wighton has represented NSW Under 18s and Australian Schoolboys in 2010.
In Round 2 of the 2012 NRL season, Wighton made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders against the Gold Coast Titans, having an impressive debut match on the wing in the Raiders 24-12 win at Robina Stadium. In Round 6 against the New Zealand Warriors, Wighton scored his first NRL try in the Raiders 32-12 win at Canberra Stadium. On 30 May 2012, Wighton suffered a toe injury in a freak trampoline accident missing most the year, until making a return in the semi-final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Raiders 38-16 loss at ANZ Stadium. On 22 August 2012, Wighton extended his contract with the Raiders to the end of the 2014 season. Wighton finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 9 matches and scoring 2 tries.
On 9 February 2013, Wighton was selected to play for the Indigenous All Stars off the interchange bench in the 32-6 win over the NRL All Stars team at Suncorp Stadium. He was also selected to play for NSW Country at centre against NSW City in Country's 18-12 win in Coffs Harbour. Wighton finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Raiders. On 1 November 2013 Wighton re-signed with the Raiders to the end of 2016.
Wighton was selected to play at five-eighth by incoming Raider coach Ricky Stuart, but was selected at centre in the annual City vs Country Origin match. In Round 10 against the Penrith Panthers, Wighton returned back to his preferred centre position in the Raiders 26-20 loss at Canberra Stadium. Wighton played at centre until Round 24 when he was selected to play at fullback for the clash with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks having a successful match helping the Raiders to a 22-12 win at Remondis Stadium. Wighton had a successful end of the season at fullback for the Raiders. He finished of the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 6 tries. On 9 September 2014, Wighton was selected in the Australia Kangaroos 2014 Four Nations train-on squad but didn't make the final 24-man squad.
- "Jack Wighton". rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 9 April 2015.