Mark Gerrard

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Mark Gerrard
Mark Gerrard 2012 (cropped).jpg
Mark Gerrard in Tonga 2012
Date of birth (1982-09-04) 4 September 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
School Narrabeen Sports High, Narrabeen North Primary School
Notable relative(s) Mo'onia Gerrard, Wycliff Palu
Occupation(s) Rugby union player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback, Centre, Wing, Flyhalf
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–11 NTT Shining Arcs 10 (34)
correct as of 15 January 2011.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–02
2003–09
2011–12
Waratahs
Brumbies
Rebels
2
77
27
(3)
(306)
(13)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–07 Australia 23 (45)
correct as of 9 August 2010.

Mark Gerrard is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby competition.[1][2] In 2011 he was one of 10 players nominated to become the competition's Super Rugby player of the year.[3][4]

He has played for the Australian Wallabies and previously played for the NSW Waratahs and the ACT Brumbies. He usually plays at fullback or wing but can also cover in the centres and sometimes flyhalf. His sister Mo'onia Gerrard is an Australian representative netballer. He is the cousin of former Wallaby Wycliff Palu.

Biography[edit]

He was educated at both Narrabeen North Primary School and Narrabeen Sports High School, where he started playing rugby league, representing Australian School Boys in that code before switching to Rugby Union. Gerrard made the Australian Schoolboys team in 1999.[5]

He went on to play for the Warringah Rugby Club and represented Australia in the national under-19s side in both 2000 and 2001; also in 2001 he represented Australia in the under-21s side. After the successful appearances for junior representative sides, he made his Super 12 debut for the New South Wales Waratahs. He continued to make the under-21 Australian side up for the next two years, before touring Japan with Australia A in 2003. He signed for the ACT Brumbies for the 2003 season.[6] He made his debut for the Brumbies against the Sharks at Durban, scoring a try. He played for the Brumbies in 2004, with the team winning the championship. He missed out on a mid-year test match against England in Brisbane due to injury. He was a member of the Australian squad that toured England, Scotland and France at the end of the year but did not play because of a recurring hamstring injury. In late 2005 he made his Test debut for Australia when he came on as a replacement against Italy in Melbourne.[citation needed]

Gerrard moved to Japan and spent two years with the Kanto Shining Arcs.[5]

During the coronation of the present King of Tonga, Mark Gerrard played for Tonga during the coronation rugby match in the Teufaiva stadium.[citation needed]

Gerrard moved back from Japan to join the Melbourne Rebels for the start of the 2011 Super Rugby season. He played 11 of the Rebels 16 games that year.[7] Later in 2011, Gerrard was named in the 40-man Wallabies squad.[8][9]

In May 2012, Gerrard was expected to play his 100th Super Rugby game.[5][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Gerrard player profile". Australia: Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Rebels media unit (28 September 2010). "Rebels vs Crusaders" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Gerrard, Mark (22 April 2011). "Melbourne Rebels don't mind the knockers". Roar Rugby. Roar Sports Opinion. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Pandaram, Jamie (22 April 2011). "Gerrard in hunt for Super star title". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Roberton, Paul (4 May 2012). "Looking back on Mark Gerrard's incredible career" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 
  6. ^ ACTRU (15 August 2002). "Brumbies Sign Mark Gerrard". Wallabies Rugby. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Rebels Media Unit (10 July 2011). "Rebels become Wallabies" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Rebels Media Unit (10 July 2011). "Phipps to fight for Wallabies number nine" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  9. ^ ARU (10 July 2011). "Qantas Wallabies Squad For Samoa Test & Tri Nations Named" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Rebels Media Unit (1 May 2012). Mark Gerrard to play his 100th Super Rugby game. 

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