James McManus (rugby league)
|McManus playing for the Knights in 2009|
15 January 1986 |
Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (14 st 5 lb)|
|2009–14||New South Wales||3||1||0||0||4|
|As of 10 July 2015|
James McManus (born 15 January 1986 in Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) is a Scottish-born professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative winger, he has also played at centre.
McManus moved from Scotland to Australia while in primary school and while living in the Northern Territory played his junior rugby league in Katherine and later for the Palmerston Raiders in Northern Territory Rugby League competition. He graduated to the Northern Territory Institute of Sport's rugby league programme and while playing for the Northern Territory in Darwin in the Australian under-18s championships in 2003 was signed by the Newcastle Knights.
McManus got injured after playing one match for New South Wales rugby league team for the 2009 State of Origin series, therefore didn't take part in the rest of the series and resulting in McManus missing the second half of 2009 and the first half of 2010.
On 13 March 2013, McManus re-signed with the Knights on a 3-year contract.
3 years after McManus' debut in representative football, he returned to the representative arena, being selected for Country Origin again in 2012. On 7 July, McManus was named for the 2013 State of Origin decider following a string of strong performances at club level.
McManus was selected on the wing for New South Wales for Game 3 of the 2014 State of Origin Series.
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