5 January 1970 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||15 st 8 lb (99 kg)|
|Position||Scrum-half/Halfback, Hooker, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock|
Michael "Mike" Forshaw (born 5 January 1970) is an English professional rugby league and rugby union footballer of the 1980s, '90s and 2000s, coach. He began his playing career with Wigan in 1987 and went on to play for Wakefield Trinity (captain) (Heritage #1048), Bradford Bulls, and Warrington Wolves. Known as the "ultimate professional", he played for Great Britain
During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, Forshaw played for defending champions Wigan from the interchange bench in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers.
In 1997 he was named in the Super League Dream Team. In the 1997 post season, Forshaw was selected to play for Great Britain in two matches of the Super League Test series against Australia. Forshaw won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Bulls in 1997 against Australia (ASL) (2 matches) (sub), in 1998 against New Zealand (sub), in 1999 against New Zealand (sub), in 2001 against France (sub), and Australia (3 matches), in 2002 against New Zealand (3 matches), and in 2003 against Australia (2 matches), and Australia (sub).
Forshaw played for Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St Helens RLFC. Forshaw won caps for England while at Bradford Bulls in 2000 against Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Forshaw played for the Bradford Bulls at Loose forward/Lock in their 2001 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. As Super League VI champions, the Bulls played against 2001 NRL Premiers, the Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge. Forshaw played at loose forward in Bradford's victory. Forshaw played for the Bradford Bulls at Loose forward/Lock in their 2002 Super League Grand Final loss against St Helens RFC. Forshaw played for the Bradford Bulls at Loose forward/Lock in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors.
After retiring from playing in 2004 he rejoined Warrington to look after Strength & Conditioning of the players until November 2006.
He is currently studying a BSc part-time at UCLAN following Wigan's sponsorship by UCLAN.
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