|Full name||James Darryl Peacock|
|Born||14 December 1977|
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||16 st 7 lb (105 kg)|
James Darryl Peacock MBE, (born 14 December 1977) is an English professional rugby league footballer who played for the Leeds Rhinos and the Bradford Bulls in the Super League, and captained both Great Britain and England at international level. After retiring at the end of the 2015 season he became football manager at the Hull Kingston Rovers but resumed his playing career towards the end of the 2016 season. His position of choice was prop, although he played much of his early career as a second-row. He is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having won a total of nine Super League championships, four Challenge Cup winners medals, been named to the Super League Dream Team on eleven occasions and won the Man of Steel award in 2003.
Born in Leeds, Peacock is a product of Bradford Bulls' junior programme, having played as a junior for Stanningley RLFC. On his way to becoming a first team regular for Bradford, Jamie spent a month on loan at Featherstone Rovers making four appearances and scoring one try. He also enjoyed a spell at University of Wollongong in Australia as he learned his rugby trade.
Professional playing career
He made his Super League début in 1999 for Bradford, making two starts and 16 substitute appearances for the club, scoring six tries. However, it was the following year that he really cemented his place in the side, helping Bradford to Rugby League Challenge Cup success over Leeds at Murrayfield. During his time with Bradford he won every honour available, with Grand Final, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge honours to his credit with Peacock recognised as being one of the key ingredients of this success. He gained a reputation as one of the best forwards in world rugby[dubious ] and is a player who has gained respect[dubious ] from not just the fans but the critics as well as his peers, winning such accolades as Man of Steel, Players’ Player of the Year and Rugby League Writers’ Player of the Year.
Peacock earned himself a place in John Kear’s England side for the 2000 World Cup. He made four appearances in the World Cup that year, scoring an impressive six tries which including a hat trick against Fiji at Headingley. Peacock played for the Bradford Bulls as a second-row in their 2001 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. Peacock played for England in 2001 against Wales. Also In 2001, he capped the season by making his Great Britain début against Australia scoring a try after just 86 seconds of his début in the first test victory at Huddersfield. He then become a permanent presence in the Great Britain squad making 14 appearances, all but three of which have been in the starting line up. Peacock won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Bulls in 2001 against Australia (2 matches), and Australia (sub), in 2002 against Australia, New Zealand, and New Zealand (sub) (2 matches), in 2003 against Australia (3 matches), in 2004 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand, in 2005 against Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches).
As Super League VI champions, the Bulls played against 2001 NRL Premiers, the Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge. Peacock played as a second-row in Bradford's victory. He made 30 appearances as Bradford again returned to Old Trafford for the 2002 Super League Grand Final only to lose out to a Sean Long drop goal. However, Bradford were unstoppable as they captured the Challenge Cup, League Leaders and Grand Final trophies ahead of Leeds and Wigan respectively and Peacock was named Players Player of the Year, Rugby League Writers Player of the Year and Man of Steel.
Peacock played for the Bradford Bulls as a second-row in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. Having won Super League VIII, Bradford played against 2003 NRL Premiers, the Penrith Panthers in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Peacock captained the Bulls as a second-row in their 22-4 victory. Bradford then battled all the way with Leeds to the 2004 Super League Grand Final where Leeds finally got the advantage over their old nemesis. Peacock was then selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played as a second-row in the Lions' 44-4 loss. Peacock was honoured with the captaincy at Bradford Bulls in his final year at Odsal and played for the Bulls as a prop in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.
Peacock was made captain of Great Britain for the 2005 and 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations tournaments due to injuries to Paul Sculthorpe. Leeds born Peacock joined the club he supported as a boy in 2006 from local rivals Bradford. He made his Leeds début against Huddersfield on the opening day of the season.
Peacock played for Great Britain while at Leeds in 2006 against New Zealand (3 matches), and Australia (2 matches), in 2007 against New Zealand (3 matches). He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens. and was also part of the 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012 Super League Grand Final squads and team that won the World Club Challenge against Manly Sea Eagles.
He played for England in 2008 against France. On 16 June 2008, Peacock was announced as the England captain for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup in Australia. In Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played as a prop in England's victory. He played against Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand (2 matches), in 2009 against France (2 matches), New Zealand and Australia. Peacock played a starring role in Leeds' 33-6 Grand Final defeat of then reigning champions' St Helens. He played a full 80 minutes to win his 4th Super League champions ring. He was named in the Super League Dream Team for both the 2008's Super League XIII & 2009's Super League XIV season. He was selected to play for England against France in the one-off test in 2010.
Peacock was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to rugby league. On 26 June 2012, Peacock announced his retirement from international rugby league. He enjoyed a resurgence the following season, and was once again named in the Super League Dream Team in 2013, 2014 & 2015.
Hull Kingston Rovers
Peacock joined Hull KR as football manager for the 2016 Super League season. At the end of the regular season Hull KR finished 11th in the league and were forced to play in the 2016 Qualifiers. After four of the eight games with the team lying fourth in the qualifying table (only the top three are guaranteed Super League status for 2017, fourth play fifth for the last Super League spot) and with the squad depleted by injuries Peacock announced he was coming out of retirement to play in the last games of the season. He will continue with his regular duties alongside playing.
- Super League (3): 2001, 2003, 2005
- Challenge Cup (2): 2000, 2003
- World Club Challenge (2): 2002, 2004
- League Leaders' Shield (3): 1999, 2001, 2003
- Super League (6): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
- Challenge Cup (2): 2014, 2015
- World Club Challenge (2): 2008, 2012
- League Leaders' Shield (2): 2009, 2015
Orders and special awards
- Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): 2012
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