Matt Cook (rugby league)

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Matt Cook
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Personal information
Full name Matthew Cook
Born (1986-11-14) 14 November 1986 (age 27)
Warrington, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 16 st 7 lb (105 kg)[1]
Playing information
Position Centre, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–09 Bradford Bulls 70 6 0 0 24
2008–08 Castleford Tigers (loan) 3 1 0 0 4
2010–11 Hull Kingston Rovers 28 8 0 0 32
2012–2014 London Broncos 64 11 0 0 44
2015– Castleford Tigers 0 0 0 0 0
Total 165 26 0 0 104
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 England 2 0 0 0 0
As of 13 September 2014
Source: Rugby League Project, London Official

Matthew "Matt" Cook (born 14 November 1986 in Warrington) is an English professional rugby union and rugby league footballer, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Saracens F.C., and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for England, and at club level for Bedford Tigers, Bradford, Castleford, Hull Kingston Rovers and London Broncos of Super League, as a Centre, Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock.

Background[edit]

Cook represented England at all levels up to under-19s in rugby union and up to under-18s in rugby league. He represented the England Academy rugby league side where he scored two tries in the record-breaking win over Australia. As a junior he played with Bedford Swifts and also with Bedford Tigers rugby league club.

Playing career[edit]

2000s[edit]

Cook signed for Super League club Bradford Bulls from Saracens F.C. rugby union in late 2003.

In 2005, Cook made several appearances off the bench and was expected to cement a first team spot in 2006. As Super League champions Bradford faced National Rugby League premiers Wests Tigers in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Cook played from the interchange bench in the Bulls' 30-10 victory. In 2006 Cook started off well and even got the Man-of-the-Match award for his display in the home game against Hull in the Challenge Cup. Unfortunately this was his last appearance for over 3 months due to a shoulder injury and Cook didn't make his comeback until the back end of the season where he finished the year with a flourish of games. Cook made his England début on 22 October 2006 against France. Cook won caps for England while at Bradford in 2006 against France (sub), and Tonga (sub).[2] In 2007 Cook established a regular bench spot and made his first starting game against Leeds in the very controversial Millennium Magic match. Unfortunately Cook was ruled out for another 3 months due to an injury to his wrist, but like the year before he managed to come back to finish the season with another string of games off the bench.

In 2008 Cook played four games of the bench during the Easter period before going to Castleford on loan. His loan was short lived when he got called back after just one month and he finished the season strong at Bradford by gaining a regular bench spot and starting four consecutive games.

Cook was on loan at Castleford for a month in the 2008 season playing 3 games.[3]

On 1 September 2009 Cook signed for Hull Kingston Rovers on a 2-year contract, starting with the 2010 season.

2010s[edit]

Cook played for Hull Kingston Rovers in 2010 and 2011. From the 2012 season he played for the London Broncos.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Year Club Apps Pts T G FG
2005 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 8 - - - -
2006 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 12 - - - -
2007 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 15 4 1 - -
2008 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 17 16 4 - -
2008 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 3 4 1 - -

Tries[edit]

Scores and results list Matt's try tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Result Tournament Scored
4 April 2008 KC Stadium, Hull 8–24 Super League 1
11 April 2008 The Jungle Hull 12–32 Super League 1
22 June 2008 Odsal, Hull 36–22 Super League 1
17 August 2008 Odsal Hull 42–14 Super League 1
24 August 2008 Odsal Hull Kingston Rovers 42–18 Super League 1
5 April 2010 Twickenham Stoop, Harlequins 12–52 Super League 1
11 April 2010 Craven Park Warrington 36–16 Super League 1
22 August 2010 Craven Park Wigan 18–38 Super League 1
9 April 2011 Craven Park Leeds 38–28 Super League 1
15 April 2011 Craven Park Wigan 16–28 Super League 1
22 April 2011 KC Stadium Hull 36–18 Super League 1

(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

Representative[edit]

Year Team Matches Tries Goals Field Goals Points
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0

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