David Klemmer

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David Klemmer
David Klemmer.jpg
Personal information
Born (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 23)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013– Canterbury Bulldogs 83 3 0 0 12
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 NSW City 2 0 0 0 0
2014– Australia 9 1 0 0 4
2015–17 New South Wales 8 0 0 0 0
2016 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
As of 15 July 2016
Source: [1]

David Klemmer (born 22 December 1993) is current Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. Klemmer primarily plays at prop and lock. Klemmer is an Australian national, New South Wales, City Origin and Prime Minister's XIII representative.


Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Klemmer played his junior rugby league for All Saints Toongabbie Tigers, before being signed by the Parramatta Eels. He also played Australian rules football and played for the Sydney Swans academy.[2]

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

Klemmer playing for the Bulldogs in 2012

At 15 years of age, Klemmer signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[3] In 2010 and 2011, Klemmer played for the Australian Schoolboys.[4] In 2011, Klemmer also played for the New South Wales under 18s team.[5] He played for the Bulldogs' NYC team in 2011 and 2012, scoring 6 tries in 28 games.[6] In 2012, Klemmer was named on the interchange bench for New South Wales in the inaugural under 20s State of Origin match at Penrith Stadium.[7] At the end of 2012, Klemmer was named NYC Player of the Year and also named at starting prop in the 2012 NYC Team of the Year.[8][3]


On 5 March 2013, Klemmer re-signed with the Bulldogs on a 3-year contract.[9] In round 1 of the 2013 NRL season, Klemmer made his NRL debut for the Bulldogs against the North Queensland Cowboys off the interchange bench in the Bulldogs 12-24 loss at Central Coast Stadium.[10][11] In round 3, against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Klemmer made headlines after he was at the end of receiving a high flying karate style kick from Storm’s fullback Billy Slater to the head in the Bulldogs 18-22 loss.[12][13] On 20 April 2013, Klemmer was named captain of the New South Wales team in the under 20s State of Origin match, leading the team to a 36-12 victory over Queensland at Penrith Stadium.[14] Klemmer debut season ended early after he sustained a knee injury. Klemmer finished his debut year with him playing 4 matches for the Bulldogs.


In round 4 against the Melbourne Storm, Klemmer scored his first NRL career try in the Bulldogs 40-12 win at nib Stadium in Perth.[15] On 26 April 2014, Klemmer was selected to play for City Origin for the City vs. Country match at Apex Oval in Dubbo.[16] Klemmer played off the interchange bench in the 26-all draw on 4 May 2014.[17] On 5 October 2014, in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Klemmer played off the bench in the Bulldogs 6-30 loss.[18][19] Klemmer finished the Bulldogs 2014 season with him playing 23 matches and scoring a try. Klemmer made his international debut for Australia, playing against England at AAMI Park in Australia’s 16-12 win.[20][21]


In round 5 of the 2015 NRL season, in the Grand Final re-match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Klemmer was sin binned after crowding in on referee Gerard Sutton alongside Bulldogs captain James Graham and yelling "You're off your fucking face". The Bulldogs were leading 17-16 at the time, but lost 17-18 at ANZ Stadium.[22] After full-time was blown, some members of the Bulldogs' fan base pelted referee Gerard Sutton and match officials with plastic bottles, causing an investigation to find out and ban the misbehaving members from attending rugby league matches for life.[23][24][25] Klemmer was later hit with a 3-week suspension for contrary conduct. He returned in round 9, against the North Queensland Cowboys, in the Bulldogs' 23-16 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium.[26][27][28] On 3 May, Klemmer played for New South Wales City, playing at prop in the 34-22 loss to New South Wales Country at Wagga Wagga.[29] On 27 May, he was selected to make his State of Origin debut for New South Wales in game 1 against Queensland. He played of the interchange bench in the Blues' 11-10 loss at ANZ Stadium.[30][31] In game 2 of the 2015 State of Origin series, he again made headlines after a heated exchange with the oldest member of the Queensland team, Corey Parker. Parker told Klemmer (the youngest member of the New South Wales team) to "show some respect" and Klemmer replied "get fucked you cunt".[32][33] Klemmer also played in game 3, off the interchange bench, in the Blues' 52-6 record loss at Suncorp Stadium.[34][35] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 21 matches and scoring a try for the Bulldogs.[36]


On 22 May 2016, Klemmer extended his contract with the Bulldogs until the end of the 2020 season.[37] Klemmer played in all 3 matches for New South Wales off the interchange bench in the Blues 2-1 series loss in the 2016 State of Origin series.[38][39] After game 2, Klemmer got into some trouble after the Blues 26-16 loss to Queensland after he punched a wall in frustration in the toilets off the Suncorp Stadium changing rooms.[40] Klemmer finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 22 matches and scoring a try for the Bulldogs.

On 24 September 2016, Klemmer played for Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing off the interchange bench in the 58-0 win at Port Moresby.[41] On 3 October 2016, Klemmer was selected in the 24-man Australian Kangaroos squad for the 2016 Four Nations.[42] Klemmer played in all 5 matches of the tournament, including playing off the interchange bench in the Kangaroos 34-8 Four Nations final win against New Zealand at Anfield.[43]


In February 2017, Klemmer was selected in the Bulldogs 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[44]


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  2. ^ Adrian Proszenko. "Belmore behemoth to scale greater heights". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  3. ^ a b "David Klemmer Ready to Tear Apart the NRL". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Westfields Sports High School, Australia's First Sports High School". Westfieldsports.nsw.edu.au. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Westfields Sports High School, Australia's First Sports High School". Westfieldsports.nsw.edu.au. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150702021857/http://rleague.com/db/player/k/klemmer_david/index.php. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Under 20s State of Origin: NEW SOUTH WALES 18 QUEENSLAND 14 at Centrebet Stadium –". Stevemascord.com. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  9. ^ "David Klemmer Signs Three Year Deal with Bulldogs". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  10. ^ "David Klemmer Pictures - NRL Rd 1 - Bulldogs v Cowboys". Zimbio. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  11. ^ Alex Rowe (2013-03-09). "Live: Bulldogs v Cowboys". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  12. ^ Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko (2013-03-22). "Warning for Slater, who can't put a foot wrong". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  13. ^ "David Klemmer Ready to Tear Apart the NRL". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  14. ^ "NSW Defeat Queensland 36-12 in Under 20s Origin". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  15. ^ "NRL Rd 4 - Bulldogs v Storm". Getty Images. 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  16. ^ "City Origin team named". NRL.com. 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  17. ^ "City Snatch Stunning Draw". Rugby League Week. 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  18. ^ "Rabbitohs Win 2014 Grand Final". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  19. ^ "Bulldogs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  20. ^ "David Klemmer to Make Test Debut for Kangaroos". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  21. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20141224044042/http://www.skysports.com/rugbyleague/match_report/0,,11070_3730178,00.html. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ James MacSmith. "Bulldogs James Graham and David Klemmer face NRL judiciary date". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  23. ^ "Late Penalty Seals Controversial South Sydney Win". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  24. ^ "Match Officials Injured Avoiding Bottles Thrown by Bulldogs Fans after Controversial Loss". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  25. ^ Michael Chammas. "Canterbury Bulldogs fans facing life bans for throwing bottles at match officials as Adam Reynolds faces five months in the stands". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  26. ^ "David Klemmer Hit Hard by BRL Match REview Committee". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  27. ^ "David Klemmer Made for Origin". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  28. ^ "Cowboys Michael Morgan Stars in Tight Win over Canterbury Bulldogs". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  29. ^ "Country overcome City in seesawing affair". NRL.com. 2015-05-03. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  30. ^ Adrian Proszenko and Michael Carayannis. "State of Origin: Bulldogs debutants David Klemmer and Josh Jackson 'made for it'". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  31. ^ "Live Coverage of NSW v Queensland". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  32. ^ Brad Walter. "State of Origin: The verbal exchange that highlighted the NSW Blues' winning attitude in game 2". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  33. ^ "State of Origin game 2: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons 26-18 to level series". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  34. ^ "State of Origin 2015 Live: Game 3 NSW Blues v QLD Maroons". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  35. ^ "Queensland clinch 2015 Origin series". NRL.com. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  36. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  37. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs re-sign NRL rising stars David Klemmer and Moses Mbye". 22 May 2016 – via The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  38. ^ Chammas, Michael (23 May 2016). "State of Origin 2016: David Klemmer reignites feud with Corey Parker" – via The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  39. ^ "Subscribe - theaustralian". www.theaustralian.com.au. 
  40. ^ "Subscribe - couriermail". www.couriermail.com.au. 
  41. ^ "Report, pictures: PM’s XIII smashes PNG". 
  42. ^ "Kangaroos team: Four Nations squad announcement, Andrew Fifita, Mal Meninga". 4 October 2016. 
  43. ^ Mascord, Steve (21 November 2016). "Four Nations final: Australia hammer New Zealand 34-8" – via The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  44. ^ "2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines squads". 

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