Damien Cook

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Damien Cook
Damien Cook.jpg
Personal information
Born (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 27)
Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight86 kg (13 st 8 lb)
Playing information
PositionHooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 St. George Illawarra 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Canterbury Bulldogs 7 4 0 0 16
2016– South Sydney 75 7 7 0 42
Total 84 11 7 0 58
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017 Country NSW 1 0 0 0 0
2018 New South Wales 3 0 0 0 0
2018 Australia 2 0 0 0 0
As of 19 May 2019
Source: [1][2]

Damien Cook (born 23 June 1991) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. He previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Background[edit]

Born in Sutherland, New South Wales. Cook was educated at Illawarra Sports High School. He played his junior rugby league for the Helensburgh Tigers, before being signed by the Penrith Panthers.

Playing career[edit]

In 2010 and 2011, Cook played for the Penrith Panthers' NYC team.[4] In 2012, he joined the Illawarra Cutters in the New South Wales Cup.[5] On 30 October 2012, he signed a 1-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2013.[6]

2013[edit]

In Round 6 of the 2013 NRL season, Cook made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Wests Tigers.[7] On 22 September, he was named on the interchange bench in the 2013 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year.[8] On 6 November, he signed a 2-year contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs starting in 2014.[9]

2014[edit]

In Round 14 of the 2014 NRL season, Cook made his Bulldogs debut against the Parramatta Eels.[10]

Cook playing for the Bulldogs

2015[edit]

On 31 January and 1 February, Cook played for the Bulldogs in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[11]

On 27 September, Cook was named on the interchange bench in the 2015 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year, for a second year.[12] On 15 October, Cook signed a 2-year contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs starting in 2016.[13][14] Cook played a total of 37 reserve grade games for Canterbury and scored 2 tries.[15]

2016[edit]

On 1 February Cook was named in the Rabbitohs' 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[16]

On 6 March 2016 Cook made his debut for Souths against the Sydney Roosters and scored a try in Souths 42-10 win. Cook went on to play a further 17 times for the 2016 season. Cook also featured for Norths in The NSW Cup making 2 appearances.[17][15]

2017[edit]

Cook was named in the Rabbitohs squad for the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines.[18]

On 1 May 2017, Cook was named in The NSW Country Origin representative team to play against The NSW City representative side in the last ever City vs Country game.[19]

2018[edit]

Cook started the 2018 season as the first choice hooker for Souths over Robbie Farah. On 28 May 2018, Cook was selected to play for NSW against Queensland in the 2018 State of Origin series after a number of good performances at club level.[20] Cook played in all 3 games for New South Wales as they won their first origin series since 2014.[21] Cook was part of the Souths side which finished 3rd on the table at the end of the regular season and made it all the way to the preliminary final before being defeated by arch rivals the Sydney Roosters 12-4.[22]

He capped a stellar season by earning selection in the Australian Kangaroos team as starting hooker for Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.[23]

On 5 December Cook signed a five year deal worth $4.5 million to stay with Souths until the end of 2023.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damien Cook - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ loverugbyleague
  3. ^ McDonald, Margie (25 August 2015). "Bulldog hooker Cook steps up to replace Lichaa". The Australian. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ "C". NYC DATABASE. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. ^ TIM BARROW (27 February 2012). "Vidot to headline inaugural Cutters team". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Cutters duo join Dragons for 2013". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  7. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (21 August 2015). "NRL 2013". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  8. ^ "2013 NSWRL.com.au VB NSW Cup Team of the Year - Announcement". NSWRL. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Bulldogs sign Cook on two-year deal". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  10. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (19 August 2015). "NRL 2014". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  11. ^ "2015 Auckland Nines squad lists". NRL. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  12. ^ "2015 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year". NSWRL. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Rabbitohs sign Damien Cook | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Rabbitohs land Cook | NRL". Zero Tackle. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Damien Cook - Player Statistics". SportsTG. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  16. ^ "2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines Official Squads". NRL. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  17. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Damien Cook - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  18. ^ "2017 Auckland Nines squads: Every player named for the tournament". The Roar. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  19. ^ "2017 Country Origin squad announced". 1 May 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  20. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (30 May 2018). "NSW hooker Damien Cook benefits from secret sessions with UFC champ". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/state-of-origin/highs-lows-big-blows-10-biggest-talking-points-from-the-2018-state-of-origin-series/news-story/29cfa0b628f3229a45dcce3465a9cf90
  22. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-22/roosters-hold-off-souths-to-set-up-grand-final-against-storm/10285660
  23. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/09/new-zealand-v-australia-team-lists-mens-womens-junior-sides/
  24. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/damien-cook-commits-to-five-year-4-5m-deal-at-souths-20181205-p50kb8.html

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