|Full name||Robert Purdham|
14 April 1980 |
Egremont, Cumbria, England
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
|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 can also operate as a stand-off, as a centre or in the second row. He has even played international football at stand off. Purdham is the former captain of the England national team.
On 20 May 2006, Rob set a new Quins club record by scoring 34 points (2 tries, 13 goals) in Harlequins Rugby League 82-8 defeat of Barrow Raiders in the Powergen Challenge Cup. The 13 goals in itself surpassed the previous record of 12 held by Paul Sykes. He announced his retirement from Rugby League at the end of the 2011 season, in order to return home to the family farm in Cumbria.
- Junior Clubs: Egremont Rangers, Whitehaven
- First Grade Stats: 64 career games to date scoring 16 tries
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. 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.
- "Harlequins Rugby League". web page. Harlequins Rugby League. 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Myler gets England call". England Rugby League. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- "Gleeson to lead new-look England". BBC. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- 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.
- Harlequins RL Profile
- Purdo for England
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org