John Atkinson (rugby league)

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John B. Atkinson is an English rugby union and Rugby League World Cup winning rugby league footballer of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Roundhay RUFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Leeds, and Carlisle, as a Left-Wing, i.e. number 5.[1][2]

Atkinson played in four Rugby League World Cups (1968, 1970, 1972 and 1975), scoring six tries in total.

Playing career[edit]

Rugby Football League Championship final appearances[edit]

John Atkinson played, and scored a try in Leeds' 9-5 victory over St. Helens in the 1971–72 Rugby Football League Championship final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 May 1972.

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Atkinson played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5 in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1967-68 Challenge Cup "Watersplash" final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 1968, in the 13-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1971-72 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 13 May 1972, and scored a try in the 16-7 victory over Widnes in the 1976–77 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 May 1977.

Testimonial match[edit]

John Atkinson's testimonial match at Leeds took place in 1976.

Club career[edit]

Atkinson began his competitive career for Leeds in 1966 and finally left to become player/coach of Carlisle in 1983 within these years he had amassed 401 competition tries, 340 for Leeds and 61 for Carlisle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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