Dennis Moran (rugby league)

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Dennis Moran
Denis Moran (24 October 2008).jpg
Personal information
Born (1977-01-22) 22 January 1977 (age 40)
Australia
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 13 st 3 lb (84 kg)
Playing information
Position Halfback, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997–00 Parramatta Eels 36 8 0 0 32
2001–04 London Broncos 109 74 2 5 305
2005–06 Wigan Warriors 39 17 1 1 71
2006–07 Widnes Vikings 44 41 1 0 166
2008 Leigh Centurions 15 4 0 1 17
Total 243 144 4 7 591

Dennis Moran, born 22 January 1977 is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, and 2000s. He played in the National Rugby League for the Parramatta Eels club and in Super League for the London Broncos and Wigan Warriors clubs, usually in the halves.

Playing[edit]

While attending Duval High School, Moran played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1995.[1]

Moran made his National Rugby League début for the Parramatta Eels during the 1998 NRL season, eventually making 35 appearances for the club. After that he moved to England to play in Super League for the London Broncos from 2001 to 2004.

Moran signed for Wigan on a two-year contract from London Broncos in November 2004. He replaced Wigan's Papua New Guinea player Adrian Lam, who had retired at the end of 2004's Super League IX. Moran had spent four seasons at the Broncos, making 113 appearances and scoring 75 tries. Moran topped the Super League try scoring tables in 2002 and 2003 and was the Broncos top scorer in 2004 with 19. Moran was released by Wigan Rugby League Club on 25 May 2006 and was replaced by Michael Dobson. The following day he was signed by the Widnes Vikings in a bid to help them get their season back on track.

According to the Widnes World, Moran said "I've come here to try and help out as much as I can to get this club back into Super League." He earned a place in the 2006 National League One Dream Team.[2] Moran was a revelation with Widnes in 2007 winning the National League 1 player of the year award.

Dennis Moran retired in 2008 whilst playing for the Leigh Centurions. Since then he has moved back to his native Australia and has taken up a coaching career.

Coaching[edit]

Since retiring from playing Moran has followed many other former professional players into the coaching ranks. His current roles (2012) include being the head coach of the women's indigenous NRL All Stars team who play as a curtain raiser before the men's All Stars take to the field.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Dennis Moran". Widnes. 20 July 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Indigenous All Stars Team Named". NRL. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 

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