Josh Morris

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This article is about the Australian rugby league player. For the English footballer, see Josh Morris (footballer).
Josh Morris
Josh Morris DOGS.jpg
Personal information
Full name Joshua Morris
Born (1986-08-23) 23 August 1986 (age 28)
Kiama, New South Wales, Australia
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 86 kg (13 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–2008 St. George Illawarra 46 20 0 0 80
2009– Canterbury Bulldogs 123 69 0 0 276
Total 169 89 0 0 356
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–2012 Country Origin 3 0 0 0 0
2008–2011 Prime Minister's XIII 2 3 0 0 12
2009–2014 New South Wales 9 3 0 0 12
2009–2013 Australia 4 3 0 0 12
2010 NRL All Stars 1 1 0 0 4
Source: NRL Stats

Joshua Morris (born 23 August 1986 in Kiama, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the National Rugby League competition. A New South Wales State of Origin representative backline player, Josh is the twin brother of Brett Morris who plays first grade for his previous club the St George Illawarra Dragons. They are the sons of former 1970's St George Dragons, New South Wales and Australian rugby league representative Steve Morris.

St George Illawarra[edit]

Following his 2007 first grade debut, he played two seasons for the St George Illawarra Dragons in a variety of backline positions, his preferred position being left centre.

He joined the Bulldogs for the 2009 NRL season in the hope of securing a permanent starting spot in the centres.[1] Injury permitting, Josh achieved this throughout the season.

He made his representative debut for Country in the 2007 City vs Country Origin match. In 2008, he played wing in the Australian Prime Minister's XIII side in its match against Papua New Guinea.

Canterbury-Bankstown[edit]

Morris moved to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for the 2009 NRL season. In the 2009 State of Origin series Josh was named in the 40 man New South Wales preliminary squad for State of Origin. He was then selected for game 2 and 3, having missed the first game through injury. Morris made his State of Origin debut for NSW 31 years to the day that his dad Steve had made his only test appearance for Australia in 1978.

Josh Morris (left) with father Steve (centre) and brother Brett (right)

He was selected in the 24-man squad for the Gilette Four Nations Tour at the end of the 2009 season and made his international debut for Australia against France at Charlety Stadium in Paris on 7 November, scoring two tries playing inside his brother Brett, who also scored twice.

In Round 3 of the 2010 NRL season, he scored the first 4-try haul of his first grade career in the Bulldogs' 60–14 drubbing of the Eastern Suburbs Roosters.

Josh Morris was selected to play on the right wing against Wales in the 2011 Rugby League Four Nations.

At the 2012 Dally M Awards Morris was named the NRL's centre of the year.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  2. ^ News Limited (4 September 2012). "All the Dally M winners plus galleries". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 

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