Josh Dugan

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Josh Dugan
Personal information
Full name Joshua Dugan[1]
Nickname Duges[2]
Born (1990-05-10) 10 May 1990 (age 24)
Tuggeranong, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Canberra Raiders 70 26 7 1 119
2013– St. George Illawarra 28 16 11 0 86
Total 98 42 18 1 205
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Country Origin 2 1 0 0 4
2011–12 NRL All Stars 2 2 0 0 8
2011–14 New South Wales 5 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

Josh Dugan (born 10 May 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative fullback, he previously played for the Canberra Raiders.

Background[edit]

Born in Tuggeranong, Australian Capital Territory, Dugan played his junior football for the South Tuggeranong Knights before being signed by the Canberra Raiders. After being signed by the Raiders, Dugan played in their NYC team in 2008 and 2009, scoring 25 tries and kicking 107 goals in 25 games.[3] Dugan played in the Raiders' NYC Grand Final win over the Brisbane Broncos, scoring a try and kicking 4 goals.

Canberra Raiders 2009-2013[edit]

2009[edit]

In Round 4 of the 2009 NRL season, Dugan made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders against the North Queensland Cowboys, playing at fullback in the Raiders 23-18 win at Canberra Stadium.[4] After his debut, he established his position at fullback in the Raiders' NRL team. In Round 21 against the Brisbane Broncos, Dugan scored his first NRL career try in the Raiders demolishing 56-0 win at Canberra Stadium.[5] Dugan finished the season, 8th in the NRL in tackle breaks, 110,[6] 1st in average running metres per game, 191.5, 7th in total running metres, 3064, 1st in average kick return metres per game, 82.5 and finished 3rd in overall kick return metres, 1321, only behind Billy Slater and Jarryd Hayne. He was also short-listed for the Dally M Rookie of the Year Award in what was an impressive debut season. At the conclusion of the season, Dugan was named the Raiders' Rookie of the Year and was the joint winner of the Mal Meninga Medal for the Raiders Player of the Year Award for 2009 along with Josh Miller.[7] Dugan finished his debut year in the NRL in the Raiders 2009 NRL season with him playing in 16 matches, scoring 1 try and kicking 5 goals. In September 2009, Dugan played for the Prime Minister's XIII team against Papua New Guinea.[8]

2010[edit]

In May 2010, Dugan was selected for the Country Origin team to play City Origin in the annual City vs Country Origin match, scoring a try on debut and was named the Man of the Match.[9] On 7 June 2010, Dugan was named in the 21-man squad for the New South Wales team for Game 3 of the 2010 State of Origin series.[10] However, he was not selected to play in the match after Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne was cleared over a separate off-field incident. On 13 July 2010, Dugan re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract, ending speculation he was headed to the Sydney Roosters.[11] In Round 19 against the Newcastle Knights, Dugan scored a hatrick in the Raiders 52-18 win at Canberra Stadium.[12] Dugan finished the Raiders 2010 NRL season with him played in 23 matches and scoring 13 tries (52p).

On 12 February 2011, Dugan was selected for the NRL All Stars in the annual All Stars Match. He scored a try on debut and won the publicly voted Preston Campbell Medal for Man of the Match.[13] In May 2011, Dugan was again selected for the Country Origin team to play City Origin in the annual City vs Country Origin match. On 15 May 2011, Dugan was selected for New South Wales in Game 1 of the 2011 State of Origin series.

In February 2012, Dugan was again selected for the NRL All Stars in the annual All Stars Match. He scored a try in the game.

On 14 March 2013, Dugan had his Raiders contract terminated following a string of off-field incidents.[14]

Dragons[edit]

On 10 May 2013, Dugan signed a contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons for the remainder of the 2013 NRL season.[15] In Round 10 he made his debut for the Dragons against the Parramatta Eels, he scored two tries on debut.

Dugan was selected to play for New South Wales in Game II and Game lll of the 2013 State of Origin series.

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