Cameron King

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Cameron King
Personal information
Born (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 23)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 St. George Illawarra 17 0 1 0 2
2014– North Queensland 4 0 0 0 0
2016 Parramatta Eels 0 0 0 0 0
Total 21 0 1 0 2
Source: Rugby League Project, R League

Cameron King (born 17 September 1991 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the North Queensland Cowboys of the National Rugby League. A goal-kicking hooker, he made his NRL debut for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in 2010[1] with whom he won the 2011 World Club Challenge.

Early life[edit]

Kings junior rugby league football club were the Wagga Kangaroos & Queanbeyan Blues.[2][3]

After moving to Sydney in 2005, he began playing in the St. George Junior Rugby League Football Competition for Hurstville United Junior Rugby League Football Club.[4][5]

He attended and graduated from Endeavour Sports High School in Taren Point, New South Wales, where he captained the senior team and received the Endeavour Sports High School 'Player Of The Year Award' in 2009.[6]

Playing career[edit]

2008[edit]

King was a member of the St. George Dragons S. G. Ball Cup team in 2008.[7] He debuted in round 1 against Parramatta Eels at Cabramatta Sports Ground on 16 February 2008.[8]

King's form resulted in him becoming a member of the St. George Illawarra Dragons Under 20's Toyota Cup team in the National Youth Competition in 2008. He debuted in round 19 against Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium on 21 July 2008.[9]

2009[edit]

While attending Endeavour Sports High School in 2009, King captained the Australian Schoolboys Team which beat the Great Britain Community Lions team on two occasions with the scores of 66-0 and 66-18. King was named the most valuable player in each match and went on to win "Man of the Series" as well as the GBCL (Great Britain Community Lions) coaches award.[10]

That same year he also captained the New South Wales under-18s side which beat Queensland's U-18s 26-6. In an interview with the The Leader after winning, he said that he "actually learnt to hate Queensland"[2]

King played for Endeavour Sports High School in the 2009 ARL Schoolboy Cup.[11]

In July 2009, he represented NSWCHS (Combined High Schools) in the U18 division. He won the 'Man of the match' in one game and was named MVP for the series.[12]

In December 2009 he won the Val Lembit Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding sportsman in NSW, awarded by the Combined High Schools, joining previous winners such as olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and first grade rugby league player Blake Green.[6]

King also received the 'DAU Medal', a medal in recognition of an individual, who has made the most outstanding on and off field contribution to the rugby league program at Endeavour Sports High School.[13]

Brad Kelly, a teacher at the school, said "2009 was a pretty stellar year for him, he has probably achieved more this year than any other student who has gone through our rugby league program."[14]

2010[edit]

King made his first grade debut against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Jubilee Oval in Round 26 on 5 September 2010. The Dragons defeated the Rabbitohs 38-24 and won the J. J. Giltinan Shield in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,274 people.[15]

King was selected to play for the 2010 Australian Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis.[16] The match was held at Westpac Stadium Wellington on 23 October. Australia won 24-16. King scored 1 try and kicked 2 goals. [17][18]

He then played in the second meeting between the Australian Junior Kangaroos and the Junior Kiwis at Rotorua International Stadium on 31 October 2010. King converted two tries, scoring a total of 4 points. Australia lost 20-36.[19]

2011[edit]

On 13 January 2011 King was named in the "Blues in waiting" squad. A three day camp from 21–23 January at Homebush coordinated by coach Ricky Stuart for players who he believes have potential to feature in future New South Wales Origin teams.[20][21]

On 1 February 2011 King was earmarked by The Daily Telegraph as a future NRL superstar in an article that also featured his fellow St. George Illawarra Dragons Toyota Cup team mates, Beau Henry and Kalifa Faifai-Loa.[22]

King was given the opportunity to start at Hooker for the annual Charity Shield match, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs that was held at Stadium Australia on 13 February 2011, due to the absence of hooker Dean Young to injury and with Nathan Fien filling in at five eighth for Jamie Soward who was on representative duty for the annual All Stars Match.[23][24]

On 22 February 2011 it was confirmed that King had re-signed with the Dragons for a further two years which will see him stay at the club until at least the end of the 2013 season. In an interview with the The Leader upon re-signing, King said "I’m happy here...It’s a good club to be at and I didn’t feel the need to look anywhere else."[25]

King was selected to play in the 2011 World Club Challenge on 27 February 2011 at DW Stadium against the 2010 Super League premiers, the Wigan Warriors. He came off the bench and in the 55th minute managed to dummy his marker from a metre out of the try line before barging over to score his first try for the Red V and one that would prove to be the game winner. Dragons went on to win the game 21-15 in front of 24,268 fans.[26][27] He left the field shortly after scoring his try when he ruptured his pectoral muscle trying to tackle Wigan Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins.[28]

On 5 August 2011, King made a successful comeback from the injury sustained during the World Cup Challenge by coming off the bench with a strong 50-minute performance in the Dragons under-20s 28-0 win against Wests Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium in round 22. He went on to play the last 5 games of the season.[29]

On 6 October 2011, King was again selected and named in the Australian Junior Kangaroos squad for the international match against the New Zealand Junior Kiwis on Sunday, 16 October 2011, at Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle.[30][31][32]

2012[edit]

In an article by Fox Sports, King was mentioned as a 'Rookie to watch' in rugby league for the St. George Illawarra Dragons and a contender for the 2012 NRL rookie of the year award.[33]

On 11 March 2012, the day after St. George Illawarra player Beau Scott had signed with the Newcastle Knights, it was reported by the media that ex Dragons coach Wayne Bennett was also attempting to poach King to the Newcastle Knights.[34] These events caused a lady to let Bennett know what she thought on the day this was released in the media. As Wayne Bennett got off the Knights' team bus at Toyota Stadium as the Newcastle Knights were playing the Cronulla Sharks, an irate Dragons fan let him know what she thought of his poaching of Beau Scott and speculation that rookie hooker Cameron King may also be Newcastle-bound. "Don't you take Cameron King off us," the woman screamed as she poked her finger in Bennett's face. "You've taken Beau Scott and Darius Boyd and all those others, but don't you take Cameron King."[35]

On 12 April 2012, it was confirmed that King had re-signed with the Dragons for a further two years which will see him stay at the club until at least the end of the 2014 season.[36] Upon re-signing, King said "It’s good. I’m really happy. I didn’t really want to leave and I’m happy to be here for another two years,’’ he said. ‘‘It was the best thing for me and my family at the moment. I’ve got a lot of family in Sydney and to move anywhere else would have been hard."[37] "I'm really excited to have re-signed with the Dragons. We are a very proud club, I really enjoy being here and they have been great to me," "We have a lot of young talented guys coming through the ranks and a great group of established senior players. I believe the club has a big future and I want to be a part of it." [38]

On 24 June 2012, King along with team mates David Gower, Michael Lett & Jack Stockwell[39] was named and selected to play for the NSW Cup Representative side to the play the Queensland Residents in an Origin match on Wednesday, July 4 at Suncorp Stadium.[40][41] The match is a curtain raiser to the 2012 State Of Origin game III decider.[42]

2013[edit]

On 25 September 2013, King signed with the North Queensland Cowboys. At the time King Said "The Cowboys have given me the chance to play some more regular NRL and an additional year so I am looking forward to this and am thankful to the Dragons to allow me the chance to take up this opportunity."[43][44][45]

2014[edit]

King started his career for the Cowboys by playing in their reserve grade feeder team Northern Pride RLFC in the Queensland Cup.

Cameron debuted for the North Queensland Cowboys in their round 9 win over the Brisbane Broncos.

In the round 10 match against the Sydney Roosters, while attempting to make a tackle, King ruptured the ACL in his left knee four minutes from full-time. "King's been a turning point for us," said teammate Brent Tate, "so it's really disappointing."[46][47]

2015[edit]

On 13 August 2015, King signed a 1-year contract with the Parramatta Eels starting in 2016.[48]

Personal life[edit]

King's brother-in-law is former international Greg Alexander, who is married to King’s oldest sister Tanya.[49][50]

His father, Stephen King played lower grades at the Penrith Panthers in the 1970's. He later went on to play in country towns Wellington, Coonamble, Condobolin, Mudgee before taking up a captain/coaching role for Brothers and Turvey Park in the local Wagga Rugby League Competition Group 9 Rugby League and Group 13 Rugby League respectively.

Statistics[edit]

NRL[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [51]
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2010 St George Illawarra 1 0 0 0 0
2012 St George Illawarra 5 0 0 0 0
2013 St George Illawarra 11 0 1 100.0 0 2
2014 North Queensland 2 0 0 0 0
2015* North Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
Career totals 20 0 1 100.0 0 2

* = Unfinished season

Achievements & Career Highlights[edit]

  • 2008

S. G. Ball Cup Debut: - Round 1, St. George Dragons v Parramatta Eels at Cabramatta Sports Ground, 16 February 2008.

NYC Debut: - Round 19, St. George Illawarra Dragons v Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium, 21 July 2008.

  • 2009

Australian Schoolboys Team captain.

ARL Schoolboy Cup Member.

New South Wales Under-18s Captain.

New South Wales CHS Under-18s Captain.

  • 2010

First Grade Debut: - Round 26, St. George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs at Jubilee Oval, 5 September 2010.

Minor Premiership won.

Australian Junior Kangaroos member.

  • 2011

Charity Shield victory.

World Club Challenge victory.

Australian Junior Kangaroos member.

  • 2012

Charity Shield victory.

New South Wales Cup Debut: - Round 1, Illawarra Cutters v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at WIN Stadium, Wollongong, 03 March 2012.

New South Wales Cup Origin Representative.

  • 2014

Queensland Cup Debut: - Round 1, Northern Pride v Mackay Cutters.

North Queensland Cowboys Debut: - Round 9, North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos at Willows Sports Complex, 09 May 2014.

References[edit]

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  38. ^ "Dragons re-sign Cameron King, snare Tyson Frizell". The Telegraph. 12 April 2012. 
  39. ^ "Justice done: Brett Morris back in Blues for Origin III". Illawarra Mercury. 25 June 2012. 
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  44. ^ "Cowboys' King of wishful thinking". NRL. 19 Dec 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-04-01. 
  45. ^ "Ex-Dragon Cameron King could be in the driving seat in North Queensland". The Australian. 22 Feb 2014. 
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  50. ^ "King is determined to out-muscle latest injury". Archive.is. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. 
  51. ^ Cameron King's player profile at Rugby League Project

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