James McManus (rugby league)

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James McManus
McManus playing for the Knights in 2009
Personal information
Born (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 29)
Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007– Newcastle Knights 166 72 0 0 288
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–15 NSW Country 4 2 0 0 8
2009–14 New South Wales 3 1 0 0 4
As of 10 July 2015
Source: [1][2]

James McManus (born 15 January 1986 in Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) is a Scottish-born[3][4] 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.

Playing career[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

McManus was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

For the third and deciding game of the 2013 State of Origin series McManus was selected as winger for New South Wales and scored a try in the Blues' loss.

McManus finished the 2013 NRL season as the league's equal leading try scorer with 19 for the regular season. He shared the award with David Simmons of Penrith and David Williams from Manly.

McManus was selected on the wing for New South Wales for Game 3 of the 2014 State of Origin Series.

On 3 May 2015, McManus played for New South Wales Country against New South Wales City in the 2015 City vs Country Origin.[10] He scored a try.


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