|Laurie playing for the Western Suburbs Magpies in 2008|
|Full name||Daine Raymond Neil Laurie|
2 August 1984 |
Yamba, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||115 kg (18 st 2 lb)|
|As of 20 November 2011|
|Source: Rugby League Project, League Central|
Daine Laurie (born 2 August 1984) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer. He previously played for the Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as a prop.
In September 2009, Laurie signed a two-year deal to join the Penrith Panthers from the 2010 season. Laurie had been released from his contract with the Tigers and was facing criminal proceedings at the time, having been charged for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, although the charge was later dismissed.
After joining the Panthers, Laurie made comments to the press that were critical of Wests Tigers and coach Tim Sheens. He stated that he, "never felt welcome" and, "it was nothing but negative at the Tigers." He made his debut for the Panthers in the 12-6 loss to the New Zealand Warriors at CUA stadium, after missing the first 17 rounds of the season due to, "niggling injuries." After this lone appearance, he missed the next training session with the club and was dropped back to NSW Cup. He ended up making 3 appearances for the season.
After the end of the 2010 season, Laurie joined the Saint-Gaudens Bears for a short term contract, to get some match experience before the start of the next season.
However, upon Laurie's return to Australia, he was not given a release to play for the Panthers, with a dispute with his French club over damage to a car. On 19 June 2011, Laurie was sacked from the Panthers for disciplinary reasons, having been accused of drinking on a flight to New Zealand to play a match for the Windsor Wolves. Laurie said of the matter, "Gus just called me out at training at around 2pm, and bang: "You gotta go, mate - hopefully, you can find another club."
Newcastle Rugby League
On 31 January 2010, Laurie made comments about fellow player Willie Mason saying "Tell Willie Mason when I see him I'm going to slap him in the face, I'm gonna hurt him if he actually gets a start this year. [A friend] saw Willie out and was saying 'How about Daine Laurie, he runs pretty hard and he's a pretty good player'," Laurie explained. "Then Willie told him 'Nah, he's a poor excuse for a footballer and is just a drunk'. And calling me a drunk! Is he serious? He loves a drink. Everyone knows that. If you can put that in the paper, then put it in the paper. I used to have nothing but respect for the guy until I heard that. But that's it." In 2012, Laurie and Mason played for the same team, the Newcastle Knights.
Laurie was selected as the starting second row forward for the Australian Aboriginal rugby league team for the exhibition match against the New Zealand Māori team that opened the 2008 World Cup. Laurie was also selected for the inaugural All Stars match for the Indigenous side but had to withdraw and was replaced by Greg Bird.
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- "Assault charge against NRL player Daine Laurie dismissed in Campbelltown Local Court". Daily Telegraph (Sydney. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- Josh Rakic (31 January 2010). "Bigger, faster, happy - Laurie the Panther takes swipe at Sheens". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- Daniel Lewis (12 July 2010). "He's back, then gone again - Panthers use Laurie in short, sharp bursts". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Gone AWOL". Footy Confidential. Sydney, NSW: News Limited (30 July 2010): pg 45.
- Chris Georgakopoulos (25 October 2010). "Panther Daine Laurie makes the French connection". Penrith Press. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- Josh Rakic (22 June 2011). "Fear of flying drove me to drink, claims axed Laurie". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
- Josh Massoud (21 June 2011). "Dane Laurie sacked over drinking drama". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 26 June 2011.
- Adrian Proszenko (20 November 2011). "Tarnished Laurie handed chance to shine at Knights". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Smackdown - Laurie wants piece of Mason". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 January 2010.
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