John Bentley (rugby)

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John Bentley
Personal information
Full name John Bentley
Date of birth (1966-09-05) 5 September 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England
Club information
Position(s) Wing
Current club Retired
Youth clubs
Years Club
Cleckheaton RUFC
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)

____ ‐ 88
1988 ‐ 92
1992 ‐ 96
1996 ‐ __
Otley
Sale
Leeds
Halifax
Newcastle
Rotherham
Halifax
Huddersfield


101 (212)
Representative teams
1988 ‐ 99
1997
1992 ‐ 94
1995 ‐ 96
England RU
British and Irish Lions
Great Britain
England RL
4

2
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

John Bentley (born 5 September 1966) is an English former dual-code international Rugby League and Rugby Union wing three quarter.

Career[edit]

Originally a Union player, he made his England debut against Ireland in 1988 aged 21 and played on the summer tour against Australia.

After training as a policeman he switched codes from Rugby Union, which was then an amateur-only game, to Rugby League, where he became a professional. He played for Great Britain at league, for England in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and signed for Leeds, before moving on to Halifax, as well as enjoying a short spell in Australia with Balmain Tigers.

When Rugby Union turned professional, he signed for Union side Newcastle Falcons in 1996, helping the side to their first and so far only Premiership title. He was then selected for the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, where he played in the second and third Tests, playing opposite James Small.

After the tour he played twice more for England at Rugby Union before switching back to League with Huddersfield Giants.

He is currently involved with Leeds Tykes community rugby programme and matchday entertainment. He is an Honorary President of the Yorkshire Region of the rugby charity Wooden Spoon improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Britain and Ireland.

Born in Dewsbury, he currently lives in nearby Mirfield with his wife Sandy and three children. Hosting and coaching at rugby camps across England with Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons and Leeds Carnegie.

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