|Born||23 August 1986|
Kiama, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (15 st 2 lb)|
As of 18 May 2019
Brett Morris (born 23 August 1986) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays on the wing and fullback for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He is an Australian international, New South Wales State of Origin, Country Origin, Prime Minister's XIII and NRL All Stars representative. Morris is the son of St. George Dragons, New South Wales and Australian rugby league representative Steve Morris, and twin brother of Josh Morris who plays for the Sharks in the NRL and was previously a state and national representative. Morris previously played for the St George Illawarra Dragons between 2006 and 2014, with whom he won the 2010 NRL Premiership.
In round 9, Morris made his NRL debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons, playing against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on the wing in a 30-12 loss at Remondis Stadium. In round 15, against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Morris scored his first NRL try in the 79th minute off a Mathew Head kick. Morris finished his debut year with 12 tries from 19 matches.
In round 4, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Morris played his first match of the season and his first match alongside his twin brother Josh Morris in the Dragons 40-4 loss. In round 7, against the Sydney Roosters in the ANZAC Day match, Morris suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, managing just two games for the season.
Morris made his return to the Dragons first grade team in round 1, playing against the Wests Tigers. In round 7, on the ANZAC Day match against the Sydney Roosters, Brett and his twin Josh scored tries in the same match together in the Dragons 26-6 win at the SFS. Morris finished the year with 16 matches and 8 tries.
Morris had an outstanding 2009 NRL season for the Dragons, including scoring 4 tries in round 9 against the North Queensland Cowboys in the Dragons 24-20 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium, a hatrick in round 11 against the Sharks, and another hatrick in round 26 against the Parramatta Eels. He was named Dally M highest tryscorer of the year with 25 tries in 24 matches.
Morris was selected to play for Australia in the 2009 Four Nations tournament. He crossed six times in 4 matches to finish the tournament as top try-scorer, including scoring 2 tries in the 46-16 Final win over England at Elland Road. Morris re-signed with the Dragons until the end of 2012 and said after his re-signing: "I enjoy living in Wollongong, it is where my family and friends are and the Dragons are the team I grew up supporting so I'm very happy to be staying."
Morris kept up his try-scoring form early in the season, scoring a hatrick in round 2 against his twin brother’s team, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. He was selected on the wing for Australia in the 2010 Anzac Test, scoring both of Australia's tries in the 12-8 win. Morris made his debut for New South Wales in game 1 of the 2010 State of Origin series, playing on the wing in the Blues 28-24 loss at ANZ Stadium, He played all three matches of the series in the NSW 3-0 series loss. Later on the season, Morris played on the wing in 2010 NRL Grand Final against the Sydney Roosters, helping the Dragons to their first premiership in their 32-8 win. Morris finished the 2010 NRL season as the Dragons highest tryscorer with 20 tries in 25 matches. He was later selected for Australia 2010 Four Nations squad, playing in 4 matches and scoring 3 tries in the tournament, including playing on the wing in the loss against New Zealand in the Final.
During the pre-season, Morris played for the NRL All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars. In the 2011 World Club Challenge match, against Super League premiers the Wigan Warriors, Morris was named man-of-the-match after scoring two tries in the Dragons 21-15 victory at DW Stadium. In the 2011 Anzac Test, Morris played in the 20-10 win over New Zealand. He played in 2 matches for New South Wales in the 2011 State of Origin series. In round 20, against the Canberra Raiders, Morris played his 100th NRL match, scoring a try in the Dragons 24-19. He scored 10 tries in his 21 matches for the Dragons.
On 21 February 2012, Morris re-signed with the Dragons for a further 3 years until the end of the 2015 season. From the Dragons 36-12 win against the Wests Tigers at Jubilee Oval in round 3, Morris was shifted from his usual position on the wing to fullback by coach Steve Price. Morris also played at fullback for NSW Country Origin in their 24-22 loss to NSW City in Mudgee. Morris played a match for the New South Wales in the 2012 State of Origin series, playing in game 3 on the wing and scoring a try in the Blues 21-20 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Morris finished the 2012 NRL season as the Dragons highest tryscorer with 14 tries in 23 matches.
Morris played for Australia on the wing and scored a try in the 2013 Anzac Test 32-12 victory against New Zealand at Canberra Stadium. Morris played in all of the New South Wales' 3 matches and scored a try in the 2013 State of Origin series. In round 25, against the Parramatta Eels, Morris played his 150th NRL career match in the Dragons 26-22 loss at Parramatta Stadium. Morris finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing 21 matches and scoring 9 tries for the Dragons.
On 29 September 2013, Morris played for Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing on the wing in the 50-10 win at Kokopo. Morris was selected for the Australia Kangaroos 24-man squad for the 2013 World Cup. Morris played in 5 matches and scored 8 tries, which including scoring 4 tries against the USA Tomahawks in the Kangaroos' 62-0 win at Racecourse Ground in Wrexham, Wales, and 2 tries in the World Cup final against New Zealand.
In February 2014, Morris was selected as captain of the Dragons inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad. In the 2014 Anzac Test, Morris played for Australia on the wing and scored 2 tries in the 30-18 victory against New Zealand at the SFS. During game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series, Morris dislocated his shoulder while scoring a try in New South Wales 12-8 win at Suncorp Stadium. He continued playing on during the match, later finding out that he had also suffered a broken bone and ligament damage. Morris was ruled for the other two 2014 Origin matches. In round 22, against the Canberra Raiders, Morris took over captaincy, after usual captain Ben Creagh was ruled out with injury, and had a brilliant match, scoring a hatrick to help the Dragons win in Canberra for the first time since round 14 of the 2000 NRL season. Morris finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 14 tries for the Dragons.
On 9 September 2014, Morris was selected for the Australia Kangaroos 2014 Four Nations train-on squad but was later ruled out from the final 24 man squad with injury. On 23 October 2014, Brett Morris reunited with twin brother, Josh Morris, at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, signing on a four-year contract, through until the end of 2018.
In round 1, against the Penrith Panthers, Morris made his club debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at fullback, scoring a try in the 24-18 loss at Penrith Stadium. In round 5, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, he injured his hamstring in a man-of-the-match performance in the Bulldogs' controversial 18-17 loss at ANZ Stadium. He missed 7 rounds, before returning in round 13 against his former club, the St. George Illawarra Dragons, in the Bulldogs 29-16 win at ANZ Stadium. Morris played in games two and three of the 2015 State of Origin series, starting on the wing. Morris finished his first year with the Bulldogs with him playing in 16 matches and scoring 9 tries in the 2015 NRL season.
In March 2016, Morris was ruled out for four months with a knee injury. Morris made his return in round 16, playing against the Brisbane Broncos and scoring a hat trick of tries in the 40-14 win at ANZ Stadium. In June 2016, Morris, alongside his twin brother Josh were approached by England coach Wayne Bennett to make the switch for the upcoming 2016 Four Nations series. Morris is eligible for England due to his grandparents. Morris finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 11 matches and scoring 10 tries for the Bulldogs.
In round 4, against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Morris played in his 200th NRL career match in the Bulldogs 36-0 loss at Brookvale Oval. On 18 July Morris announced his retirement from representative rugby league. He had played 15 origins for NSW and had an "incredible record" of 23 tries in his 18 matches for Australia. He said, "I'm so proud to have been able to represent my state and my family in the toughest arena of all and have now made the decision to retire from rep football".
In 2018, Morris signed a contract to join the Sydney Roosters for the 2019 season.
Morris scored a hat-trick on his Roosters debut in the World Club Challenge victory over Wigan Warriors on 17 February.
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