Jamie Bloem

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Jamie Bloem
Personal information
Born (1971-05-26) 26 May 1971 (age 45)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Wing, Centre, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Western Province
Racing Club
2002–04 Halifax RUFC 36 13 2 8 90
Total 36 13 2 8 90
Rugby league
Position Wing, Centre, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992 Castleford 1 1 0 0 4
1993 Oldham 12 2 0 0 8
1993–94 Doncaster 44 17 4 0 76
1997–98 Widnes Vikings 39 23 38 3 171
1998–02 Halifax 108 31 105 2 336
2003 Huddersfield Giants 22 3 11 0 34
2004–05 Halifax 51 10 159 1 359
Total 277 87 317 6 988
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–00 South Africa 14 0 15 1 31
2004 Scotland 2 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]

Jamie Bloem (born 26 May 1971) is a rugby league referee and former dual-code rugby player who played international rugby league for South Africa and Scotland.[3][4] As of 2012, he runs a landscape gardening business in Halifax, West Yorkshire.[5]

Rugby league[edit]

Bloem played his club football for the Cape Town Coasters in South Africa as well as Castleford,[6] Halifax and Huddersfield in the European Super League. He also played for Doncaster when they were in the top flight of rugby league in England. His position of choice was at Fullback, however he also played on the Wing or in the Second-row.

Bloem played for Widnes 1997 - 1998, scoring 23 tries in 38 appearances.

Bloem also played in France and has toured extensively as a player.

Drugs ban[edit]

In November 1994, Bloem was the first rugby league player to test positive for performance enhancing anabolic steroid nandrolone. He was banned for two years.[7][8][9]

Representative career[edit]

Bloem also appeared on numerous occasions for the South Africa national rugby league team, including captaining them during the 2000 World Cup.[4][10] He has played twice for the Scotland national rugby league team, through his mothers nationality.[3]

Rugby union[edit]

Bloem also had spells with rugby union sides; Thornensians, Halifax and Old Brodleians, whom he took to their first promotion in 75 years. He moved to Old Rishworthians as player/coach for the 2007-08 season. Bloem was top point scorer for Rishworthians in 2007-08, breaking the club record with 375 points in the season. Bloem became player-coach at Halifax Vandals RUFC at the start of the 2013-2014 season.

Later years[edit]

After his retirement Bloem became a rugby league referee and controlled the Nordic Cup match between Norway and Sweden.[11]

Bloem is also a BBC radio rugby league sports summariser.[12]

Bloem moved on to be player coach at Stainland Stags ARLFC in Halifax who play in the Pennine League 2010-11 season.

For the 2013-14 season Jamie switches codes and has been announced as player coach at Halifax Vandals RUFC.


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