|Full name||Allan Glen Bateman|
|Date of birth||6 March 1965|
|Place of birth||Caerau, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)|
|Weight||13 st 0 lb (80 kg)|
|Rugby union career|
Allan Glen 'Batman'/'The Clamp' Bateman (born 6 March 1965) is a Welsh former rugby union, and rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, a dual-code rugby international centre who represented the British Lions at rugby union, and Great Britain at rugby league.
Life and career
Born in Caerau near Maesteg in the north of the Llynfi Valley, Bateman was a precocious rugby talent playing for his Primary and Junior school team, Plasnewydd (coached by David Rogers), and the Maesteg Town team in the 1970s. He excelled at both rugby and soccer, being a very fast sprinter, and also possessing a very large lung capacity which allowed him to recover from physical exertion rapidly. He was an outstanding player for Maesteg Comprehensive School where he was coached by Peter Williams, brother of Wales and British Lions superstar J.J. Williams (also from the Llynfi Valley), and by Wales back row international Gareth Williams. He began his senior rugby career for Maesteg RFC "The Old Parish" at their Llynfi Road ground. As a centre for Neath, Bateman gained four caps for Wales in 1990 before moving to rugby league with Warrington Wolves, Bateman played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Warrington's 12-2 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1990–91 League Cup (rugby league) Final during the 1990–91 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 12 January 1991, and played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 10-40 defeat by Wigan in the 1994–95 League Cup (rugby league) Final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 28 January 1995. He returned to rugby union after it went professional in 1996 to gain a further 31 Wales caps and one for the British and Irish Lions 1996-2001. In rugby league he played for Wales 13 times and Great Britain twice. He also had a successful spell in Australian rugby league with the Cronulla Sharks. During his short stint at Northampton Saints he was a key figure in their Heineken Cup triumph in 2000. He became known as "The Clamp" in his rugby league days because of the ferocity of his tackling. He follows in a tradition of rugby talents from the Llynfi Valley including Ray "Chico" Hopkins, J.J. Williams and Gwyn Evans.
Following his retirement from professional rugby, Bateman continued to play for his hometown club of Maesteg. Putting his education to good use, he now works in the Hematology Department of Princess of Wales Hospital but still plays at an amateur level for local club Heol-y-Cyw.
Allan Bateman won Rugby League caps for Wales while at Warrington, Cronulla, and Bridgend Blue Bulls 1991…2003 14-caps 5(6?)-tries 20(24?)-points.
- Allan Bateman player profile Scrum.com
- "28th January 1995: Warrington 10 Wigan 40 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Saints secure historic victory". BBC. 27 May 2000. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- Allan Bateman profile sporting-heroes.net
- "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.