Dwayne West

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Dwayne West
Personal information
Full name Dwayne West
Born (1980-08-06) 6 August 1980 (age 36)
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999 Wigan Warriors 3 0 0 0 0
2000–02 St. Helens 28 6 0 0 24
2003 Hull F.C. 1 0 0 0 0
Total 32 6 0 0 24
Source: RLP

Dwayne West (born 8 June 1980) is a former professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s. He played in Super League for St. Helens, Wigan Warriors and Hull F.C. as a winger. He is the son of former coach Graeme West.[1]

Playing career[edit]

West started his career at Wigan, debuting in 1999 and making three appearances before moving to St Helens in June 2000.[1] He remained at St Helens for two years before joining Hull FC in 2003.[2] However, on his debut for Hull he picked up a serious knee injury and was subsequently forced to retire from the sport.[3]

He is most remembered for his time at St Helens for his role in arguably the most famous try in Super League history - Chris Joynt's try in the Qualifying Playoff at Knowsley Road vs. Bradford Bulls on 22 September 2000. With the Bulls leading 11-10, the clock was up and there was one last play for St Helens to score; if the ball went dead the game would finish. After the ball had been passed back and forth on the right hand side by the St Helens players, there was no way through. Sean Long switched the play left where he found West, who ran forward and beat two Bulls players before passing the ball inside to Joynt to score a dramatic try at the death.[4] The try soon became known as the 'Wide to West' try, named after the memorable commentary by Eddie Hemmings:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whalley, John (15 June 2000). "St Helens fend off Leigh to capture West". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "St Helens". BBC. 7 March 2003. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Hadfield, Dave (26 February 2003). "Knee operation leaves West facing another season on the sidelines". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "wide to west". YouTube. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2009.