Mark Sargent

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Mark Sargent
Personal information
Born (1964-08-18) 18 August 1964 (age 49)
Playing information
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–88 Canterbury Bulldogs 19 0 0 0 0
1989–95 Newcastle Knights 126 18 0 0 72
Total 145 18 0 0 72
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–94 Country Origin 3 0 0 0 0
1990 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
1990–92 Australia 4 1 0 0 4
Source: NRL Stats & RLP

Mark Sargent is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and '90s. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative forward, he played in the NSWRL premiership for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights, winning the Rothmans Medal in 1989 while playing for Newcastle.

Playing career[edit]

In 1989, Sargent won the Rothman's Medal for 'best and fairest' player of the year, along with Gavin Miller from the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Sargent was selected to represent New South Wales, playing from the bench in Game III of the 1990 State of Origin series.[1] At the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour, becoming the Knights' first international representative. Between then and 1992 Sargent played for Australia on four occasions, against Great Britain, France and Papua New Guinea. He made his test debut for Australia as a substitute in the third and deciding Ashes test against Great Britain at Elland Road in Leeds on the 1990 Kangaroo tour. The game was won by the Kangaroos 14-0. He had actually sat on the bench for the second Ashes test at the famous Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, but Kangaroos coach Bob Fulton did not use any of his replacements on the day meaning Sargent, Des Hasler, David Gillespie and Greg Alexander did not play the test. Sargent then played in the two tests against France at the end of the tour.

After an injury riddled 1991 season which saw him miss selection for both NSW and Australia's successful home Ashes series defence against the touring Great Britain side. However, his form in 1992 was such that he regained his test spot when he was selected on the bench for a mid-season 1992 World Cup qualifier against Papua New Guinea in Townsville. His form continued for the Knights and along with his front row partner Paul Harragon who made his Test and Origin debut in 1992, helped Newcastle into their first ever finals series.

At the end of the 1992 season, Sargent, Harragon and fullback Brad Godden were the Knights players selected to Australia's victorious World Cup Final squad for a 4 game mini-tour of England (the Australian's played three lead up games against English club sides). Sargent was the only one of the trio selected for the final played in front of the then international rugby league record attendance of 73,631 at London's Wembley Stadium. The match, won by Australia 10-6 thanks to a late Steve Renouf try, was Sargent's last game for Australia.[2]

Sargent, a strong running and skillful 108 kg (17 st 0 lb) Prop forward, retired from playing at the end of the 1995 ARL season. He played 145 games (19 for Canterbury, 126 for Newcastle) and scored 18 tries in his career (all for the Knights). He represented New South Wales on one occasion in State of Origin, and also represented Country Origin on three occasions between 1989 and 1994. He was also captain of the Knights in 1995 along with fellow front rower Paul Harragon.

Post-playing career[edit]

During the Super League war Sargent was the Corporate services manager of the Hunter Mariners who played in the Super League competition.[3]

Sargent was a member of the NRL Judiciary in 1999 and 2000, and was the team manager at the Knights when they won the 2001 NRL Grand Final 30-24 over Parramatta. Sargent resigned from the position in 2005 after publicly voicing his concerns over the future of the Newcastle club.[4][5]

Mark Sargent now works for himself and along with his wife, owns a Video rental Store in the Newcastle suburb of Belmont. He no longer is involved in the NRL, 'I only go to Old Boys matches, to catch up with mates.' Sargent said in an interview last year.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "State Of Origin - Game 3, 1990". Rugby League Tables. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Mark Sargent". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  3. ^ Hunter Mariners 1908.com
  4. ^ "Sargent re joins Knights as football manager" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 2000-11-27. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Sargent quits after going public on future of the Knights" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 2005-06-07. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 

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