Jake Clifford

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Jake Clifford
Personal information
Born (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 21)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
PositionHalfback, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2018– North Qld Cowboys 17 1 14 1 33
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2018 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
As of 21 July 2019
Source: [1]

Jake Clifford (born 2 January 1998) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth or halfback for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL.


Born in Cairns, Queensland, Clifford was raised in Tully and is also of Italian descent and played his junior rugby league for the Tully Tigers before being signed by the North Queensland Cowboys.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2013, Clifford played for the Northern Pride's Cyril Connell Cup side. A year later, he captained the side in their Grand Final victory over Townsville.[4] In 2015, he moved up to the Northern Pride's Mal Meninga Cup side before moving to Townsville in 2016, where he played for the Townsville Blackhawks' Mal Meninga Cup side. In 2017, he played for the North Queensland Cowboys NYC side and was named in the 2017 NYC Team of the Year. On 27 September, he was named the 2017 Dally M NYC Player of the Year at the Dally M awards.[5]


On 17 February, he played off the interchange in a pre-season loss to the Wests Tigers, scoring a try.[6]

Clifford started the 2018 season playing for the Cowboys' Queensland Cup feeder side, the Northern Pride. On 16 April, he re-signed with the Cowboys until the end of the 2020 season.[7][8] On 24 June, he was 18th man for the Queensland Residents side.[9] On 11 July, he started at halfback for the Queensland U20 side, scoring two tries and being named Man of the Match in Queensland's first ever win.[10]

In round 19 of the 2018 NRL season, he made his NRL debut against the St George Illawarra Dragons.[11]

On 29 August, he was named Intrust Super Cup Halfback of the Year and Rookie of the Year at the QRL Gala Awards night.[12] On 13 September, he was named the Cowboys Rookie of the Year at the club's presentation ball.[13]

On 6 October, Clifford earned his first senior representative honours, starting at five-eighth in the Prime Minister's XIII's 34–16 win over Papua New Guinea.[14] A week later, on 13 October, Clifford captained the Junior Kangaroos to a 40–24 win over Junior Kiwis, being named Man of the Match.[15]

Achievements and accolades[edit]




Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2018 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 6 0 0 0 0
Career totals 6 0 0 0 4


  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ "Official NRL profile of Jake Clifford for North Queensland Cowboys". North Queensland Cowboys. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  3. ^ "Tully boy Jake Clifford set to be future Cowboys star". Cairns Post. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  4. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2014/05/05/connell-cup-final---stingers-v-pride/
  5. ^ "Clifford claims historic Holden Cup award". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  6. ^ "JT returns but Tigers tame Cowboys in Cairns". National Rugby League. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  7. ^ "Johnathan Thurston NRL successor: Cowboys half Jake Clifford has Ash Taylor qualities". Fox Sports. 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  8. ^ "North Queensland Cowboys extend young star Jake Clifford's contract with eye on post-Johnathan Thurston era". National Rugby League. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  9. ^ "Clifford stands tall under weight of great expectations". Queensland Rugby League. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  10. ^ "Clifford leads the way in QLD breakthrough". Queensland Rugby League. 2018-07-11. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  11. ^ https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2018/07/21/final-team-list-cowboys-v-dragons/
  12. ^ https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2018/08/29/clifford-named-q-cup-rookie-of-the-year/
  13. ^ https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2018/09/13/our-2018-award-winners/
  14. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/06/prime-ministers-xiii-score-hard-earned-win-over-papua-new-guinea-pms-xiii/
  15. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/13/junior-kangaroos-defeat-new-zealand-despite-incredible-try/

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