Beau Champion

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Beau Champion
Beau Champion.jpg
Beau Champion at Man Of Steel red carpet movie premiere, Sydney, in June 2013
Personal information
Nickname Champ
Born (1986-12-23) 23 December 1986 (age 28)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–10 South Sydney 70 33 5 0 142
2011 Melbourne Storm 16 8 0 0 32
2012 Gold Coast Titans 9 4 0 0 16
2013–14 South Sydney 10 4 0 0 16
2015 Parramatta Eels 2 0 0 0 0
Total 107 49 5 0 206
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–11 Indigenous All Stars 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 NSW City 2 1 0 0 4
Source: Yesterday's Hero, Rugby League Project

Beau Champion (born 23 December 1986 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer. He played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Melbourne Storm, Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. He is the second cousin of teammate Greg Inglis.[1] Champion's preferred playing position is at Centre after being groomed as a halfback in his debut year.[2] Champion has represented City in the 2010 City v Country Origin as well as making the 2010 Indigenous All-Stars Squad.

Early career[edit]

Champion is a South Sydney Junior who played for the South Eastern Seagulls and La Perouse Panthers.

Senior career[edit]

2005-2010[edit]

During Beau's first stint at the Rabbitohs he played 70 games scoring 33 tries and kicking 5 goals.

On 8 November 2011, it was revealed that Champion's cousin Greg Inglis would most likely sign with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[3] Champion, along with Rabbitohs owner and Australian actor Russell Crowe, Inglis's close friend Anthony Mundine and billionaire Andrew Forrest, were influences for Inglis's shock move to Redfern.

2011[edit]

When it was officially announced that Greg Inglis would be moving to the Rabbitohs it was Champion who had to make way due to salary cap pressure. On 24 December 2010, Champion signed a 3-year deal with Melbourne Storm, ironically replacing and inheriting the position of his cousin Inglis.[4]

Beau played 16 games with the Storm scoring 8 tries.

2012[edit]

On Friday 13 May 2011, Champion signed with the Gold Coast Titans, meaning that the 2011 NRL season would not only be his first season with the Melbourne Storm, but it would also be his last. He played his last game with the Storm in their preliminary final loss to the New Zealand Warriors with Champion scoring a try in the game.

Champion had an injury-plagued 2012 with the Titans only playing in 9 matches scoring 4 tries.

2013-present[edit]

On 8 January 2013, The South Sydney Rabbitohs announced that Beau Champion would be returning home to Redfern on a 2-year deal covering the 2013-2014 seasons.[5] The Gold Coast Titans released Champion from the final two years of his contract to facilitate this. Titans coach John Cartwright was very supportive of Champion's decision to return to NSW saying "I think most people agree that you play your best football where you are happy and after sitting down and talking with Beau about this opportunity to go back to Souths, we fully understand his reasons why. His home is Redfern and he wanted to go so we wish him all the best for the future." [6]

In 2014 it was announced that Champion had signed a one year deal with the Parramatta Eels for the 2015 season.

On 19 August 2015, Champion announced his retirement from rugby league after failing to recover from an Anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during the Round 2 match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Sydney's Beau Champion helps Rabbitohs make play for Greg Inglis". Fox Sports. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Orford flies north to join Sea Eagles". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 July 2005. 
  3. ^ Inglis handshake then betrayal. NRL.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-20.
  4. ^ Souths get Inglis, sacrifice Champion | NRL, Rugby League, NRL Scores, NRL Ladder. Fox Sports (24 December 2010). Retrieved on 2011-06-20.
  5. ^ Inglis' move allows Champion's return NRL.com. (8 January 2013). Retrieved on 2013-01-10.
  6. ^ Rabbitohs Sign South Sydney Junior Beau Champion for Seasons 2013 and 2014 Official Site of the South Sydney Rabbitoh's. (8 January 2013). Retrieved on 2013-01-10.
  7. ^ http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/beau-champion-retires-from-nrl-18660/

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