Clinton Schifcofske

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Clinton Schifcofske
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Personal information
Full nameClinton Schifcofske
Born (1975-11-10) 10 November 1975 (age 43)
Moranbah, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) [1]
Rugby league
PositionFullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996–97 South Queensland 23 7 40 0 108
1998–00 Parramatta Eels 72 21 180 0 444
2001–06 Canberra Raiders 139 44 432 12 1052
2010–11 Crusaders RL 47 6 120 0 264
Total 281 78 772 12 1868
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–06 Queensland 2 0 2 0 4
2005 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 4 0 8
Rugby union
PositionFullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–08 Queensland Reds 23 3 70 0 197
2007 Ballymore Tornadoes 8 2 20 0 82
2008–10 Ulster 30 1 22 0 65
Total 61 6 112 0 344
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007 Australia A 4 2 25 0 66
Source: [2][3][4]

Clinton Schifcofske (born 10 November 1975) is an Australian former professional rugby league and rugby union footballer. During his career, he played for the Crusaders in the Super League.[5][6] as well as the South Queensland Crushers, the Parramatta Eels and the Canberra Raiders in Australia. In the sport of rugby union, he played for Irish club Ulster in the Celtic League competition and also he spent a year with Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. His position of choice was fullback. He is of Polish descent.[7]


Schifcofske was born in Moranbah, Queensland, Australia. His parents were both born in Australia to Polish parents.

Rugby league[edit]

Schifcofske made his first grade debut for the now defunct South Queensland side in Round 5 1996 against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval. In his first season at South Queensland, the club finished last on the table claiming the wooden spoon.

The following year, Schifcofske made 17 appearances for the club as they finished last on the table for the second consecutive year. Schifcofske played in South Queensland's last ever game as a club which was against Western Suburbs which South Queensland won 39-18 with Schifcofske scoring a try and kicking 7 goals.

In 1998, Schifcofske joined Parramatta and played every game of the 1998 season as the club finished 4th on the table. Parramatta defeated Norths and eventual premiers Brisbane in the finals series to set up a preliminary final clash against arch rivals Canterbury.

Schifcofske scored a try in the first half of the match as Parramatta took a 10-2 lead going into half time. With Parramatta leading 18-2 with less than 10 minutes to play, Canterbury staged a comeback scoring 3 tries in 8 minutes with Canterbury player Darryl Halligan kicking 2 goals from the sideline to tie the game at 18-18. Parramatta player Paul Carige then made a series of personal errors which cost Parramatta dearly in extra time with Canterbury going on to win 32-20. The game is often referred to as one of the biggest preliminary final chokes of all time.

In 1999, Parramatta finished 2nd on the ladder and qualified for the finals with Schifcofske playing every match. Parramatta went on to reach the preliminary final against Melbourne. Parramatta lead the match 16-0 at halftime before a second half capitulation similar to what happened a year earlier occurred with Melbourne winning 18-16.

In 2000, Parramatta finished 7th and qualified for the finals with the media dubbing the team "The Baby Eels" due to the age of the squad. Parramatta and Schifcofske would reach their third consecutive preliminary final with the opponents being favorites Brisbane. Brisbane went on to win the match 16-10. This would be the last game Schifcofske would play for the club and he was released at the end of 2000. Schifcofske then signed with Canberra.[8][9][10]

In 2001 and 2004 Schifcofske was named the Canberra Raiders' player of the year. In 2006 he was made captain of the club. In the same year, due to an injury incurred by Karmichael Hunt, Schifcofske was chosen in the Queensland Maroons side for the 2006 State of Origin series decider. He was the Maroons' third fullback for the series after Matt Bowen was dropped after Game One.

During the middle of the 2006 season he made the decision to switch codes from Rugby League to Rugby Union signing a two-year deal with the Queensland Reds for the 2007 season. During the 2006 season, one of Schifcofske's penalty goal attempts in a match against the Wests Tigers was the subject of Ray Warren's commentary; as he was taking the shot, Warren called the words: "Eddie Jones (who was at the time the coach of the Queensland Reds), if you're watching..." and Schifcofske nailed the shot. In the same match, he nailed a field goal in golden point to win Canberra the match. He had the best goal kicking success rate in the NRL ahead of both Andrew Johns and Hazem El Masri. His final NRL match was played at Telstra Stadium on 9 September 2006 against the Canterbury Bulldogs where the Raiders were knocked out of the finals race. He finished the 2006 NRL season as the Raiders' top point-scorer. Schifcofske ran 3,741 metres with the ball in 2006, more than any other player in the competition.[11]

Schifcoske's 1,604 points in first grade placed him 9th in Australian rugby league's all-time top point scoring list.

Rugby union[edit]

Schifcoske's Rugby Union career started when the Queensland Reds took on Japan[when?] with Schifcoske having a sound performance in his first game and then playing for an invitational World XV side against The Springboks. After being planned to be used as a goal-kicking winger by Eddie Jones the season-ending injury to Reds and Wallabies Fullback Chris Latham, Schifcoske was selected to play in his preferred position of Fullback. In 2007, he represented Australia A in the Pacific Nations Cup in all 5 games. Australia finished runners up to the Junior All Blacks.

Schifcofske is weighing up a two-year offer from the Reds as well as interest from five other clubs, including a large deal from Ulster Rugby. It's understood two are from league, an unnamed NRL club and Perpignan-based Super League franchise Catalans Dragons, while other interest comes from rugby union clubs in England and Japan.[12]

It has since been confirmed that he will be leaving the Reds at the end of the 2008 Super 14 season, and joining the Irish province Ulster for three seasons.[citation needed]

Return to rugby league[edit]

Midway through 2010's Super League XV, Schifcofske signed with the Crusaders, returning to rugby league. After Michael Witt suffered a season-ending knee injury, Schifcofske became the team's primary goal kicker. In 20 appearances for the Crusaders in 2010, he scored a team-high 120 points.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • State of Origin: Played 2 games in total for Queensland (2002 & 2006)
  • 2006 Dally M Fullback of the Year.


  1. ^ "Crusaders Rugby League". web page. Crusaders Rugby League Club. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  2. ^ RLP
  3. ^ ITS Rugby
  4. ^ loverugbyleague
  5. ^ "SCHIFCOFSKE JOINS CRUSADERS". Sportinglife. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Schifcofske seals Crusaders move". Crusaders. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Official Player Numbers". Parramatta Eels.
  9. ^ "Top 10 preliminary final heartbreaks".
  10. ^ "Memorable Match: 1998 Preliminary Final".
  11. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Schifcofske in high demand". Fox Sports. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-04-23.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Simon Woolford
Canberra Raiders captain
Succeeded by
Alan Tongue