Rob Purdham

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Rob Purdham
Rob Purdham Quins.JPG
Personal information
Full name Robert Purdham
Nickname Purdo, Purds
Born (1980-04-14) 14 April 1980 (age 34)
Egremont, Cumbria, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–2002 Whitehaven 53 10 32 0 104
2002–2011 Harlequins RL 195 36 167 1 495
Total 248 46 199 1 599
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2008 England 5 3 11 0 34
As of 18 April 2010
Source: Rugby League Project

Rob Purdham (born 14 April 1980 in Egremont, Cumbria) is a retired English professional rugby league footballer. An England international representative loose forward, he previously played for Whitehaven and Harlequins. Purdham also operated as a stand-off, as a centre or in the second row. Purdham is a former captain of the England national team, although this was during the period that Great Britain was seen as the top-tier international team for English players.

Whitehaven[edit]

He started his career at Whitehaven in the Northern Ford Premiership.

Purdham in action for Harlequins

London Broncos[edit]

Purdham joined London Broncos in 2002. This followed selection for an England U21 tour of South Africa and an impressive start to the 2002 season with Whitehaven.

Harlequins[edit]

He was appointed captain of Harlequins RL, formerly known as London Broncos, in the Super League. He represented England A in 2003.

On 20 May 2006, Rob set a new Quins club record by scoring 34 points (2 tries, 13 goals) in Harlequins Rugby League's 82-8 defeat of Barrow Raiders in the Challenge Cup. The 13 goals in itself surpassed the previous record of 12 held by Paul Sykes.

Purdham announced his retirement from professional rugby league at the end of the 2011 season, and returned home to the family farm in Cumbria.

England[edit]

Purdham in action for England in 2008

England coach Paul Cullen named Purdham as captain in his 20-man training squad for the 2006 Federation Shield tournament. Purdham lifted the trophy with a 32-14 victory over Tonga.

In September 2008 he was named in the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[2] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man England squad, making two appearances in the tournament.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

  • Junior Clubs: Egremont Rangers, Whitehaven
  • First Grade Stats: 246 career games scoring 46 tries
  • International Debut: October 22nd, 2006 against France

Personal life[edit]

Purdham's brother, Garry, who was also a rugby league player for Workington Town, died on 2 June 2010, south of Whitehaven, Cumbria, during a shooting spree in which a further 12 people were killed.[4] Purdham was given compassionate leave by his club to travel back to Cumbria and has subsequently said that the positive response of the rugby league community has convinced him he was right not to give up his playing career following the tragedy.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harlequins Rugby League". web page. Harlequins Rugby League. 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Myler gets England call". England Rugby League. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Matthew (2 June 2010). "Derrick Bird's brother was the first victim before random spree in Cumbria". London: The Times. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/georgeriley/2010/07/purdham_interview_makes_its_ma.html

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