Greg Eastwood

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Greg Eastwood
Greg Eastwood Canterbury Bulldogs.jpg
Personal information
Born (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 30)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–08 Brisbane Broncos 64 15 0 0 60
2009 Canterbury Bulldogs 23 3 0 0 12
2010 Leeds Rhinos 21 2 0 0 8
2011– Canterbury Bulldogs 100 8 0 0 32
Total 208 28 0 0 112
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–16 New Zealand 25 3 0 0 12
Source: [1]

Greg Eastwood (born 10 March 1987) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand international representative forward, he previously played in the NRL for the Brisbane Broncos, and in Super League for the Leeds Rhinos.

Early years[edit]

Eastwood playing for the Broncos in 2008
Eastwood during 2013 World Cup

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Eastwood is of Māori descent and played his junior football for the Manurewa Marlins in South Auckland before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.

Playing career[edit]

Brisbane Broncos[edit]

In Round 26 of the 2005 NRL season, Eastwood made his NRL debut for the Broncos against the Parramatta Eels. He played in most of the 2006 Brisbane Broncos season's games but was not selected for the 2006 NRL Grand final win over the Melbourne Storm. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens R.F.C. in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Eastwood played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 14-18 loss. In the 2007 ANZAC Test, Eastwood made his international debut for New Zealand from the bench. He was also selected to go on the 2007 All Golds tour.

Eastwood was a member of the 2008 World Cup-winning New Zealand Kiwis team and played in all of their matches, including the final win against Australia.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

After three seasons in Brisbane, Eastwood signed with Leeds Rhinos of the Super League for the 2009 season, however his visa to play in the United Kingdom (UK) was denied.[2] While his visa was being appealed, the New Zealand Warriors and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, along with several other NRL clubs, expressed interest in signing him.[3][4] Eastwood eventually signed with the Bulldogs on loan for the 2009 season.

Eastwood made his debut for the Bulldogs in Round 2 of the 2009 NRL season against the Penrith Panthers. Eastwood scored a try.[5]

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

Leeds successfully appealed the decision to deny his visa to play in the UK, and Eastwood joined the Rhinos for the 2010 Super League season.[6] However, on 29 July 2010, Eastwood announced his intentions to leave the Rhinos at the end of the 2010 Super League season, stating that he was seeking a return to the NRL for the 2011 season because he had struggled to settle in the UK.[7] In August 2010, Eastwood announced that he would be returning to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2011.[8][9] Eastwood later played from the bench in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final which the Rhinos lost against Warrington Wolves.

Return to the Bulldogs[edit]

Eastwood re-commenced playing in the NRL in the 2011 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs season. He played in the 2012 NRL Grand final loss to the Melbourne Storm.

Following a season-ending tackle on Benji Marshall in week 1 of the 2015 finals series against the St. George Illawarra Dragons, Eastwood was issued with a "concerning act" notice by the NRL, asking the Bulldogs to address his tackling style.[10]

He was named in the New Zealand Māori squad for a match against the New Zealand Residents on 15 October 2016.[11]

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