1 August 1988 |
Tauranga, New Zealand
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||107 kg (16 st 12 lb)|
|Position||Second-row, Centre, Lock|
As of 21 October 2017
Bodene Thompson (born 1 August 1988 in Tauranga, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer of Māori descent who currently plays for the Leigh Centurions in the Kingstone Press Championship. He previously played for the Gold Coast Titans, Wests Tigers and New Zealand Warriors.
A Tauranga City Sharks junior, Thompson played first grade alongside his stepdad when aged only 16.
Thompson made his NRL debut for the Gold Coast Titans in Round 9, 2009, making 3 appearances from the bench that year. He made 17 appearances in 2010, including 2 semis, and signed a deal with the club that lasted until the end of the 2014 season. Thompson played for the New Zealand Māori in 2010 against England.
Thompson was released from the Titans in 2012 and signed a two-year deal with rival club Wests Tigers commencing in 2013.
Having knocked back an offer to join the Tigers in 2007, Thompson had said, "I had the (Wests Tigers) offer there (in 2007) but I'm a family man and like to be around my family. We had only just moved over so I didn't want to shoot off somewhere else as soon as we got here." Thompson felt compelled to change clubs as he was behind Greg Bird, Ashley Harrison, and Nate Myles for a spot in the back-row.
Thompson played in 15 games for the Wests Tigers in 2013. He mostly played in the second-row, but finished the season in the centres.
|0 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws|
|Loss||0–1||Paul Gallen||UD||4||2015-11-03||SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland||Professional debut.|
- Bodene Thompson rugbyleagueproject.org
- Bodene Thompson nzmrl.co.nz
- "Brisbane Broncos' pre-season training camp not for faint-hearted". The Courier-Mail. 29 January 2010.
- "Thompson recalls junior days with senior side". nrl.com. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Bodene adds bite goldcoast.com.au, 24 February 2009
- Gordon, Thompson in for long haul at Titans Archived November 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. rleague.com, 16 September 2010
- "League: Maori draw with England". The New Zealand Herald. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- Wests Tigers sign Eddy Pettybourne and Bodene Thompson dailytelegraph.com, 24 May 2012
- Travis Meyn (31 May 2012). "Bodene Thompson catches eye of the Tigers". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Auckland Rugby League - Auckland Rugby League".
- "Bodene Thompson – Boxer". Boxrec. Retrieved 3 November 2015.