Allan Bateman

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Allan Bateman
Personal information
Full name Allan Glen Bateman
Date of birth (1965-03-06) 6 March 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Caerau, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
Weight 13 st 0 lb (80 kg)
Club information
Position Centre
Current club Heol y Cyw RFC
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
1990 ‐ 91
1990 ‐ 91
1990 ‐ 95
1995 ‐ 96
1996 ‐ 96
1996 ‐ 01
2001 ‐ 03
2002
2003 ‐ 06
2003 ‐ 08

2008 ‐ 09
Maesteg RFC
Neath RFC
Warrington
Cronulla Sharks
Richmond
Northampton
Neath RFC
Ebbw Vale (loan)
Maesteg RFC
Bridgend Blue Bulls
Heol y Cyw RFC
Representative teams
1990 ‐ 01
1997 ‐ 01
1990 ‐ 96
1990 ‐ 04
Wales RU
British and Irish Lions
Great Britain
Wales
35 (50)
1 (0)
2
13
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Allan Glen Bateman (born 6 March 1965)[1] is a Welsh former rugby union and rugby league player, a dual-code rugby international centre who represented the British Lions at rugby union and Great Britain at rugby league.

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 Centre, i.e. number 3, in Warrington's 12-2 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1990–91 Regal Trophy final during the 1990–91 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 12 January 1991, and played Centre, i.e. number 3, in the 10-40 defeat by Wigan in the 1994–95 Regal Trophy final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 28 January 1995.[2] 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 5 year stint at Northampton Saints he was a key figure in their Heineken Cup triumph in 2000.[3] He became known as "The Clamp" in his rugby league days because of the ferocity of his tackling.[4] 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.

International honours[edit]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allan Bateman player profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ "28th January 1995: Warrington 10 Wigan 40 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Saints secure historic victory". BBC. 27 May 2000. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Allan Bateman profile sporting-heroes.net
  5. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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