Steve Irwin (rugby league)

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Steve Irwin
Personal information
Full name Steven Irwin
Born (1983-06-19) 19 June 1983 (age 31)
Queensland, Australia
Height 189 cm
Weight 95 kg
Playing information
Position Fullback, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–2004 Brisbane Broncos 4 4 0 0 16
As of 3 February 2009
Source: NRL Stats and Yesterday's Hero

Steven "Steve" Irwin (born 19 June 1983) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer.

Early life[edit]

Irwin was born Steven Irwin in Queensland, Australia on 19 June 1983.

Career[edit]

While attending St. Lukes Anglican School, Irwin played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2000.[1]

Irwin, affectionately nicknamed "Croc" after the TV personality the Crocodile Hunter of the same name, has made a remarkable rise to first grade football in just 5 years. He spent much of his youth playing soccer before picking up Rugby League at the age of 14.

He moved to the Canberra Raiders. On 19 May 2007, he was suspended for being involved in a high-speed car chase through Canberra (see Controversy section).

Personal life[edit]

Controversy[edit]

On 18 May 2007, Irwin was with his teammate Todd Carney when Carney decided to drive in Irwin's ute, despite Carney having been disqualified from driving at the time. Police began to pursue the vehicle in a high-speed chase through the back streets of the Canberra suburb of Bruce. After turning into a dead-end street, Carney stopped the car and fled the scene on foot, leaving Irwin in the passenger seat. Irwin told police Carney was the driver.[2][3][4] Controversially, the Raiders club sacked Irwin over the incident (who was not charged with any offenses), but retained Carney. [5]

On 24 June 2007, Irwin lashed out at the Canberra Raiders club during a stinging interview in the Sunday Mail newspaper. He blamed the Raiders for ruining his career and his reputation. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Banned until 2012". Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-06-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Carney pleads guilty". Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-06-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ "NRL star given community service". The Daily Telegraph. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-06-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ Massoud, Josh (2007-05-31). "Carney spared, Irwin sacked". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  6. ^ Badel, Peter (2007-06-24). "Irwin lashes Raiders". The Sunday.