Mark Lennon

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Mark Lennon
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Personal information
Full name Mark David Lennon
Born (1980-08-17) 17 August 1980 (age 34)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–03 Castleford 51 10 21 0 82
2004–06 Manly-Warringah 1 0 0 0 0
2007 Cronulla-Sutherland 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Hull KR 15 5 7 0 34
2008 Crusaders 1 0 0 0 0
Total 68 15 28 0 116
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–10 Wales 12 3 13 0 38
Source: RLP

Mark Lennon (born 17 August 1980 in Sydney, New South Wales), is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Burleigh Bears of the Queensland Cup.[1] A Wales international representative,[2] he has also previously played for the Castleford Tigers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles; his position of choice is usually at fullback or scrum-half however he can usually fit into any of the backline positions with ease making him somewhat of a utility back[3] and Hull KR. Check his Twitter on 'the_gingerdobby'

Lennon originally began playing rugby league at a young age for local club side Como-Jannali RLFC before he was spotted by scouts from the National Rugby League club the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and signed to a development deal. After several seasons with the Cronulla based club Lennon found it hard to make his way into the first grade side under head coach John Lang and decided to take up an offer with European Super League club the Castleford Tigers at the age of twenty in 2001.

While at Castleford Lennon made his Welsh debut for the national side in a mid-season fixture against England. After several years at the Tigers he left and returned to Australia after the club was relegated signing for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles but only managed to make a sole appearance in two years with the club. In 2007 he then returned to his first club the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before again moving to England after being signed by Super League newcomers Hull Kingston Rovers.

Childhood and early career[edit]

Mark originally began playing rugby league at an early age 10 for gymea before moving to miranda magpies at age 11 and the joined the Como Jannali Rugby League Football club. After several seasons with the club he was spotted by a Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks scout and offered a junior development contract.

After working his way through the junior grades at Cronulla Lennon moved to St George Dragons and could only reach reserve grade at the club before he signed for English club the Castleford Tigers while still twenty years of age.

Castleford Tigers[edit]

After signing for the Castleford Tigers in 2001 Lennon quickly made a name for himself as somewhat of a classy utility back usually playing at either fullback or filling one of the half positions. Mark would quickly cement his place within the Castleford starting thirteen and became a vital member of the teams attack and with his contribution the Tigers had successful 2001 and 2002 campaigns finishing mid-table and making the Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-finals in consecutive years.

Lennon missed the majority of the 2003 season because of injury, mainly due to a broken leg which meant he could only make a few appearances for the club that year and at the conclusion of the 2004 season the Tigers were relegated to English division one. With the relegation of Castleford from Super League Lennon returned to Australia signing with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[4]

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles[edit]

Mark was originally signed as a depth replacement on an incentive-based offer for the beginning of the 2004 National Rugby League season and was seen as the long term option to take over from Luke Dorn who had been released from the club because of his arrival.[4]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks[edit]

Lennon returned to his original 'home' club side the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2007 for the first time since he originally signed for them as a teenager. During the first four rounds of competition however he failed to make a sole first grade appearance for the club and was relegated to playing in reserve grade in the centres. After only several weeks at the Cronulla club he left and returned to the United Kingdom signing with Hull Kingston Rovers.

Hull Kingston Rovers[edit]

After newly promoted Hull Kingston Rovers had sustained several injuries to key players during their maiden Super League season, head coach Justin Morgan (who was a former Welsh international team-mate) offered Lennon a one year deal at Craven Park.[5] Morgan stated that his versatility and accomplished goal-kicking were key points in the signing.[6]

He made his debut for his new club during their home fixture against Salford. Lennon would start on the bench eventually being substituted onto the field and scoring a try on debut although Rovers would eventually lose by four points 28-24.[7]

He was Released from Hull KR on 17 September 2007

Wales[edit]

Lennon made his debut for the Welsh national side during the 2001 season after qualifying to play for them through his parental heritage with his mother being born in Wales.[8] His first match for Wales was a mid-season test match against England where he had an impressive debut playing at fullback although Wales would eventually lose by five points in a narrow 38-33 loss.[9]

For the following five years Lennon would go on to make a further eight appearances for Wales with matches against Australia and Georgia[10] as well as playing in the European Nations Cup where he scored a sixteen point haul against Russia at Aberavon in 2003. His most recent appearance came during the European Championship when he was flown out from Australia while playing for Manly[11] for an international fixture against France where Wales would eventually lose 38-16[12]

After signing with Hull Kingston Rovers for the 2007 season Lennon is expected to appear in squads for Wales next two major matches against Scotland and Papua New Guinea in late 2007.

International honours[edit]

Mark Lennon won caps for Wales while at Castleford, Manly Sea Eagles, Hull KR, and Celtic Crusaders 2001…present 13(10, 12?)-caps 4(3?)-tries 12(13?)-goals 40(38?)-points.[13]

He has been named in the Wales squad to face England at the Keepmoat Stadium prior to England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[14]

In 2010 he represented Wales in the Alitalia European Cup.

Career playing statistics[edit]

Point scoring summary[edit]

Games Tries Goals F/G Points
53 - - - -

Matches played[edit]

Team Matches Years
Castleford Tigers 51 2001–2003
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 1 2004–2006
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks - 2007
Hull Kingston Rovers 1 2007 -
Wales 9 2001–2006

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