Chris Hicks (rugby league)

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Chris Hicks
Chris Hicks Wenty.jpg
Personal information
Born (1977-03-19) 19 March 1977 (age 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997–02 Penrith Panthers 101 36 77 0 298
2004–07 Manly Sea Eagles 93 42 7 0 182
2008–10 Warrington Wolves 82 71 119 0 572
2011 Parramatta Eels 7 3 0 0 12
Total 283 152 203 0 1064
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–06 NSW Country 2 1 5 0 14
As of 26 June 2009
Source: [1][2]

Chris Hicks (born 19 March 1977) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League. A former New South Wales country origin representative winger or fullback, he has previously played in the NRL for the Penrith Panthers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as well as playing for Warrington Wolves of Europe's Super League.

Playing career[edit]

Hicks playing for Warrington in 2008

Early NRL career[edit]

Hicks made his NRL début for the Penrith Panthers in 1997. In six years with the Panthers, Hicks scored just under 300 points.

In 2004, Hicks made his return to the NRL, this time for the Manly Sea Eagles. Hicks spent four years with the Sea Eagles and played in their 2007 NRL grand final defeat by the Melbourne Storm.[3]

Super League[edit]

Hicks signed for the Warrington Wolves European Super League club for the 2008 season.[4] At 30 years old he joined Manly team-mate Michael Monaghan in moving to the Wolves for the 2008 season.[5]

In his first season with Warrington, he scored in every single game after adopting kicking duties for the Wolves. The first time he failed to score in a Warrington game came in a 60-8 defeat away at Harlequins on Saturday 24 March 2009, 5 games into his second season with the Wolves.

In each of his three years at Warrington, Hicks was the team's top try-scorer. While he was with the Wolves the team won two Challenge Cups, in the second of which, Hicks scored a hat-trick.[6]

Retirement and return to NRL[edit]

On 3 December 2010, it was announced that Chris Hicks had retired with immediate effect to make room for the Wolves new signing, Joel Monaghan. However, the retirement was very short-lived. Within a fortnight, Hicks signed a one-year deal with the Parramatta Eels to help fill the gap left by the retiring Eric Grothe Jr.[citation needed] Hicks retired at the end the 2011 NRL season. In Rnd 25 V Roosters Hicks scored a try in his 200th Game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ RLP
  3. ^ "Factfile on 2007 grand final". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Kite and Watmough re-signed with the Sea Eagles, Hicks to the Wolves". Manly Sea Eagles. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Warrington sign Manly wing Hicks". BBC. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Leeds 6-30 Warrington". BBC. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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