John Bateman (rugby league)

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John Bateman
Personal information
Born (1993-07-11) 11 July 1993 (age 21)
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–13 Bradford Bulls 35 9 0 0 36
2014– Wigan Warriors 41 5 0 0 20
Total 76 14 0 0 56
As of 23 April 2015
Source: RLP

John Bateman (Born 11 July 1993) is an English professional rugby league player for Wigan Warriors. He primarily plays second-row and loose forward.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Bateman played his junior football for Bradford Dudley Hill before being signed by the Bradford Bulls. In Round 12 of 2011's Super League XVI, he made his Super League début for the Bulls against the Catalans Dragons.[1]

He was reportedly in talks with Warrington Wolves and National Rugby League clubs, Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights,[2][3] but chose to stay with Bradford.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

2011 - 2011 Season

Bateman featured in three of the four pre-season games. He played against Halifax RLFC, Dewsbury Rams and Keighley Cougars. John scored tries against Halifax and Cougars.

Bateman made his Super League début in Round 12 (Catalans Dragons). John then played in Round 25 (Wigan Warriors) and in Round 27 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats). He did however play against Halifax RLFC in the Challenge Cup. He scored against Wigan Warriors (1 try).

2012 - 2012 Season

In 2012 Bateman was awarded the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie if the Year Medal.[4] Bateman featured in three of the four pre-season friendlies. He played against Castleford Tigers, Dewsbury Rams and Hull FC.

John featured in Round 1 (Catalans Dragons). He missed Rounds 2-3 due to injury. He featured in six consecutive games from Round 4 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) to Round 9 (Hull FC). Bateman was suspended for Round 10 and 11. John returned in Round 12 (Huddersfield Giants). Bateman was suspended for Rounds 13-14. He returned to play in six consecutive games from Round 15 (Leeds Rhinos) to Round 20 (London Broncos). Bateman missed Rounds 21-24 due to England Academy commitments. Bateman returned for Round 25 (Huddersfield Giants). John was injured for Rounds 26-27. He featured in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster RLFC and Warrington Wolves. Bateman scored against Hull FC (1 try), Doncaster RLFC (1 try) and Castleford Tigers (1 try).

2013 - 2013 Season

In the off-season Bateman signed a 3 Year Extension on his current deal and this will keep him at Odsal until 2015. He missed the pre-season friendlies against Dewsbury Rams and Leeds Rhinos due to an injury.

He missed Rounds 1-6 due to an injury. He featured in four consecutive games from Round 7 (Hull KR) to Round 10 (Salford City Reds). John missed Round 11-12 due to an injury. He featured in Round 13 (Warrington Wolves) but was subject to a groin injury keeping him out of Round 14. John returned for Round 15 (Salford City Reds) but missed Round 16 but returned in Round 17 (Hull KR) to Round 22 (Hull FC). John missed the rest of the season due to surgery on his ankle. Bateman featured in the Challenge Cup against Rochdale Hornets and London Broncos. John scored against Hull KR (1 try), Catalan Dragons (1 try) Salford City Reds (1 try), Rochdale Hornets (1 try) and Wigan Warriors (1 try).

Wigan Warriors[edit]

Bateman signed a 3 Year Deal with the Super League champions as he was unsettled at the Bulls.


Bateman featured in the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters. He featured in Round 2 (Castleford Tigers) to Round 15 (Huddersfield Giants) then in Round 18 (St Helens RLFC) to Round 23 (Salford Red Devils). John next played in Round 25 (Widnes Vikings) to Round 27 (Warrington Wolves). Bateman played in Round 5 (Hunslet Hawks) to the Quarter Final (Castleford Tigers) in the Challenge Cup. John played in the Qualifying Playoff (Huddersfield Giants). He scored against Wakefield Wildcats (1 try), Bradford Bulls (1 try), Salford Red Devils (1 try) and London Broncos (1 try).


John played in the World Club Series against Brisbane Broncos. Bateman featured in Round 1 (Widnes Vikings) to Round 9 (Salford Red Devils) then in Round 11 (Warrington Wolves) to Round 12 (Wakefield Wildcats). He scored against Huddersfield Giants (1 try).


Season Appearances Tries Goals F/G Points
2011 Bradford Bulls 4 1 0 0 4
2012 Bradford Bulls 17 3 0 0 12
2013 Bradford Bulls 14 5 0 0 20
2014 Wigan Warriors 29 4 0 0 16
2015 Wigan Warriors 12 1 0 0 4
Total 76 14 0 0 56

Representative career[edit]

In 2012, Bateman was named captain of the England Academy squad to tour Australia.


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