|Full name||Robert Beswick|
8 December 1984 |
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||14 st 11 lbs (94 kg)|
|Position||loose forward, hooker|
|As of 7 November 2015|
|Source: Leigh Centurions official website|
Bob Beswick is a former Wigan St Patrick's amateur and Deanery pupil, he played for Wigan's Academy U17s during the 2002 season. He was rumoured to have been released by Wigan and to have joined rivals St Helens in October 2002, but he played for the Wigan Academy U21s in 2003, winning the Academy Championship.
Bob, who is from Beech Hill, Wigan, was called up into the first team squad for 2004 after the departures of Paul Johnson and Shaun Briscoe due to salary cap restrictions. Wigan rugby executive Dean Bell said: "Bob is an exciting prospect, and his progression through to the first-team squad continues the policy of bringing young players through the ranks."
Beswick made his first team debut in Terry O'Connor's Testimonial match against London Broncos. Despite becoming a first team regular during an injury hit 2005 campaign Beswick was released at the end of the season. He had made 22 competitive appearances for Wigan, scoring 2 tries. In October 2005, Bob signed a two-year contract at newly relegated Widnes. He signed for Halifax in September 2008 for the 2009 season. Bob Beswick has further representative experience, being called up to the England Academy squad to face the Aussie Schoolboys in December that year. He played in the first Test in a historic first.
He was named in the Ireland squad as captain for the 2009 European Nations Cup.
At the end of the 2014 season, Bob captained Ireland in the 2014 European Cup tournament.
At the conclusion of the 2015 season, he was the vice-captain of Ireland in the 2015 European Cup tournament.
- "Player Stats". Widnes. 2007-07-20. Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- "Bob Beswick". Widnes. 2007-07-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- "White Eyes a Green Jersey". RLWC08.com. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- "Cassidy included in Ireland squad". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.