|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 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.
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.
In September 2008 he was named in the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man England squad, making two appearances in the tournament.
- Junior Clubs: Egremont Rangers, Whitehaven
- First Grade Stats: 246 career games scoring 46 tries
- International Debut: October 22nd, 2006 against France
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.
- 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