14 August 1996|
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (17 st 13 lb)|
As of 27 July 2018
Coen Hess (born 14 August 1996) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. A Queensland State of Origin representative, he primarily plays at second-row.
Born in Bundaberg, Queensland, Hess lived in the town until the age of 8. While in Bundaberg, he played junior rugby league for the Across The Waves Tigers club and attended St Patrick's Catholic School. He then moved with his family to Mount Isa, where he played for the Mount Isa Black Stars. In 2012, Hess signed a scholarship deal with the North Queensland Cowboys and moved to Townsville where he attended Ignatius Park College. That year he represented the Queensland under-16 side. In 2014, Hess made his NYC debut for the Cowboys, scoring a try in his side's loss to the Newcastle Knights. Later that year he represented the Queensland under-18 side and was a member of the Townsville Stingers' victorious Mal Meninga Cup and National Under-18 Championship sides.
In January 2015, Hess was a member of Queensland's Emerging Maroons squad and played for the Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines tournament. On 19 March 2015, Hess re-signed with the Cowboys for a further three seasons. On 2 May 2015, Hess represented the Junior Kangaroos against Junior Kiwis, starting at second-row in the 22-20 win at Robina Stadium. On 8 July 2015, Hess would represented for Queensland Under 20’s against New South Wales Under 20’s, starting at second-row in the 32-16 loss at Suncorp Stadium. In June 2015, Hess made his Queensland Cup debut for the Mackay Cutters, scoring two tries and setting up another in their 28-18 victory over the Redcliffe Dolphins in which Hess was given man of the match honours. In Round 24 of the 2015 NRL season, Hess made his first-grade debut for the North Queensland Cowboys, playing off the interchange bench, scoring a try on debut in the Cowboys impressive 50-16 win at Mt Smart Stadium. This was Hess’s only NRL match in the season. On 14 September 2015, Hess was named at second-row in the 2015 NYC Team of the Year.
On 6 January, Hess was selected in the QAS under-20s Origin squad. In February 2016, Hess was selected in the Cowboys 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad. In Round 12 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Hess made his first appearance in the Cowboys first grade team for 2016, playing off the interchange bench in the 14-10 loss at WIN Stadium. In the Cowboys sudden-death Semi Finals match against Queensland rivals the Brisbane Broncos, Hess started at second-row for the injured Ethan Lowe, playing the whole 90 minutes, scoring a try and ran 188 metres as the Cowboys won 26-20 in extra time at 1300SMILES Stadium. Hess would start again at second-row the Cowboys Preliminary Final match against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, scoring a try in the 32-20 loss at Sydney Football Stadium. Hess finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 8 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Cowboys.
In January 2017, Hess was selected in the QAS Emerging Origin squad. In February 2017, Hess was selected in the Cowboys 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad. After showing impressive form for the Cowboys, scoring 10 tries in 13 matches, Hess was in contention to make into the Queensland State of Origin squad. After Queensland were beaten convincingly by New South Wales 28-4 in Game 1, the Maroons squad had a major cleanout and Hess was selected to make his representative debut for Queensland in Game 2 of the 2017 State of Origin series, playing off the interchange bench in the Maroons 18-16 win at ANZ Stadium. Hess would also play in Game 3 off the interchange bench in the Maroons series 22-6 win at Suncorp Stadium. On 1 October 2017, in the Cowboys 2017 NRL Grand Final match against the Melbourne Storm Hess played off the interchange bench in the 34-6 defeat at ANZ Stadium. Hess finished his impressive 2017 NRL season with him being the Cowboys second highest tryscorer with 13 tries in 27 matches.
Achievements and accolades
State of Origin
|†||Denotes seasons in which Hess won a State of Origin Series|
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