Corey Norman

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Corey Norman
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Personal information
Born (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 28)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Playing information
PositionFive-eighth, Fullback, Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 Brisbane Broncos 63 13 2 0 56
2014–18 Parramatta Eels 107 14 3 1 63
2019– St. George Illawarra 1 0 0 0 0
Total 171 27 5 1 119
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
As of 17 March 2019
Source: [1]

Corey Norman (born 3 February 1991) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League. Norman primarily plays as a five-eighth and halfback but can also play at fullback. Norman previously played for the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels.


Norman was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He attended Keebra Park State High School on the Gold Coast.

He played his junior football for the Beenleigh Lionsbefore being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.[2] Norman played for the Broncos NYC Team in 2009–2011, where in 2009 he was awarded as the Broncos Back of the Year. Norman is eligible to represent both New Zealand through Maori background and Australia through his Aboriginal background. [3]

Playing career[edit]


In Round 1 of the 2010 NRL season, Norman made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos against the North Queensland Cowboys, beating the likes of Josh Hoffman to the Number 1 jersey after impressing in the trials. Norman made an impression in the opening minutes by saving two early tries before for the 19th minute when he set up Israel Folau in the corner for the first try of the night. Three minutes later, Norman delivered a perfectly weighted pass to captain Darren Lockyer to send him over for the second try of the night which helped the Broncos stay in front for the rest of the game, eventually winning 30–24 at Suncorp Stadium. After the game, Norman was named Man of the Match and became an instant hit with Brisbane fans.[4][5]

Norman continued to play at fullback till Round 5 before going back to the Broncos NYC team for a few matches after Hoffman was chosen to be the preferred fullback. In Round 9 against the Melbourne Storm, Norman scored his first NRL Career try in the Broncos 36–14 upset win in the Storms’ first match at their new home ground of AAMI Park.[6] On 21 July, Norman extended his contract with the Broncos to the end of the 2012 season.[7] For the remainder of the season, Norman only played in 5 matches, 4 of them at five-eighth as an experiment.[8] He finished his debut year with 1 try from 12 matches. On 23 October, Norman played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis, playing at five-eighth in both of the 2 junior test matches, the Kangaroos 24–16 win in the first and the 36–20 loss in the second test.[9][10][11]


In the 2011 NRL season, Norman only played in 9 matches for the Broncos, playing most the year in the Toyota Cup.


On 24 February, Norman extended his contract with the Broncos to the end of the 2013 season.[12] It was a breakout year for Norman, where he cemented the void five-eighth position following the retiring departure of Broncos captain Darren Lockyer.[13][14] Norman played in all of the Broncos 25 matches, scoring 10 tries and kicking 2 goals.


Following the signing of Gold Coast Titans experienced playmaker Scott Prince to the Broncos, Norman was shifted back to fullback.[15][16] On 25 March, Norman announced that he signed a lucrative 3-year contract with the Parramatta Eels starting from 2014, guaranteed fulltime playing position in his preferred five-eighth spot.[17][18] Norman continued to play at fullback until Round 18 when he fell from favour of coach Anthony Griffin and spent the rest of the year playing for the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup.[19][20] He finished his last year with the Broncos with 2 tries from 18 matches


In February, Norman was selected in the Eels inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[21] In Round 1, Norman made his club debut for the Eels against the New Zealand Warriors, playing at five-eighth and kicking 2 goals in the 36–16 win at Parramatta Stadium.[22][23] In Round 10 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, he scored his first try for the Eels in the 36–0 win at Parramatta Stadium.[24] Norman cemented the five-eighth position, playing in all of the club’s 24 matches and scoring 3 tries in 2014.


On 26 January, Norman played in the Auckland Nines and he was named in the Team of Tournament.[25] In Round 13 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Norman played his 100th NRL match and also scored a try in the 36–30 loss, after they lead 30–6 till up to the 57th minute.[26][27] Norman finished the season with 3 tries from 22 matches.


In February, Norman captained the Eels Auckland Nines squad.He took out coveted Player of the Tournament award after he led the team as they triumphed over the New Zealand Warriors 22–4 to win their maiden Auckland 9's title.[28] In Round 1 against his former club the Broncos, Norman left the field injured and was seen using his mobile phone in the changing room, which is banned during NRL matches. Norman was cleared of wrong-doing and said that he was only letting his family know that he was okay.[29]

During a round 9 game, commentator Phil Gould quoted, "Norman would walk into a blues Jersey if he was a New South Welshman." Norman's eligibility is to Queensland despite being stuck behind the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.[30] By May, Norman was named third in the leader board for the Dally M Medal.[31] On 21 July, Norman’s 2016 campaign ended after he was suspended for 8 weeks and was fined $20,000 for breaches of conduct including being caught with capsules of MDMA in his possession at the Star Casino, filming drug use and sexual activity and consorting with known criminals.[32][33] He scored one try from his 18 appearances in 2016.


In February, Norman again captained the Eels Auckland Nines team.[34] In Round 1 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Norman made his return from suspension, shifting to halfback and scoring a try in the 20–12 win.[35]

On 23 July 2017, Norman kicked a field goal to win the game for Parramatta in a close match against The Wests Tigers 17–16.[36]

On 20 September 2017, Norman received a late call up to the Prime Minister's XIII Representative Team due to a late withdrawal from Canberra Raiders player Josh Papali’i. The team played against PNG XIII. Norman played his hand in two tries coming off the bench.


In the 2018 season, Norman struggled with form over the opening rounds with the club sitting last on the table and only winning 2 of the first 11 games. On 22 May, coach Brad Arthur shifted Norman to fullback in a switch with Clint Gutherson for the Round 12 clash against The Brisbane Broncos. On 30 May 2017, Norman was handed a $20,000 breach notice for being spotted on social media drinking while he was on the injured list which is against club rules. Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr released a statement confirming Norman had been sent a breach notice. “The Parramatta Eels Club has been in discussion with Corey Norman and his management regarding a disciplinary matter, which resulted in a breach notice as part of our club’s disciplinary process,” Gurr said [37][38] Norman ended the 2018 season with 23 appearances for the club as Parramatta finished in last place on the ladder claiming their 14th wooden spoon.[39][40]

On 19 December the St George Illawarra Dragons announced the signing of Corey Norman to a 3-year deal. [41]


On 15 January, a video emerged online through social media showing Norman and Australian Rugby Union player Kurtley Beale sitting on a couch as an older man is shown snorting cocaine off a plate. Norman was then heard saying “That’s the young blood right there baby. Get it baby, get it". Norman's new club had informed the NRL integrity unit and released a statement saying “The St George Illawarra Dragons have been made aware of a video circulating on social media of Corey Norman from several years ago, The Dragons informed the NRL Integrity Unit on Monday afternoon. The Integrity Unit have since confirmed they have previously been made aware of the footage and dealt with it accordingly at the time, The club will make no further comment".[42]


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  30. ^ "Subscribe – couriermail". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  31. ^ "Dally M Award: Hodgson holds on to lead". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  32. ^ "NRL suspends Corey Norman". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  33. ^ "Norman suspended by NRL for eight weeks". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  34. ^ "2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines squads". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  35. ^ "Parrammatta Eels star Corey Norman shows why he is in such great demand in the NRL". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  36. ^ "Eels sink Tigers with late field goal". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  37. ^ "Arthur looks to spark Eels by switching Norman and Gutherson". National Rugby League. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  38. ^ "NRL 2018: Corey Norman fined by Eels for drinking". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  39. ^ "Custom Match List - Rugby League Project". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  40. ^ "Parramatta Eels NRL 2018: Season review, Brad Arthur, Jarryd Hayne". 3 September 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  41. ^ "Corey Norman exits Eels, signs with St George Illawarra Dragons". National Rugby League. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  42. ^ "NRL 2019: St George Illawarra Dragons release statement around video involving Corey Norman, Kurtley Beale".

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