Jason Clark (rugby league)

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Jason Clark
Jason Clark.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 27)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– South Sydney Rabbitohs 140 8 0 0 32
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015 NSW City 1 0 0 0 0
As of 31 March 2017
Source: [1][2]

Jason Clark is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as a lock and second-rower.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Clark played his junior football for the Coogee Randwick Wombats, representing New South Wales at under-17 level.[3] Prior to his NRL debut, he was Souths' Toyota Cup captain, scoring 20 tries in 47 NYC games for the Rabbitohs.[4]

2008[edit]

Clark played for South Sydney's NYC team as captain. He won the first Rabbitohs NYC Players Player award.

2009[edit]

In round 25 of the 2009 NRL season, Clark made his first grade debut for Souths in a 41-6 win over St. George Illawarra Dragons where he was a replacement, coming off the bench at hooker.

2010[edit]

Clark played in 20 matches for the Rabbitohs in the 2010 NRL season playing three games at lock, one game in the second row, and the rest from the bench.

2011[edit]

In round 18, Clark scored his first NRL try in Souths 36-22 loss against Manly. Clark played in 15 matches for the Rabbitohs in the 2011 NRL season.

2012[edit]

In 2012, Clark went to play a total of 23 out of 25 matches for Souths and scored one try. This was Clark's first year of making it into the finals, however Souths were knocked out of the finals in the premliminary final against the Bulldogs.

2013[edit]

On 9 February 2013, Clark captained the Rabbitohs in the 2013 "Return to Redfern" clash against Papua New Guinea.[5] His team won 38-12, with Clark scoring a double. On 22 September 2013, Clark was named on the interchange bench in the 2013 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year.[6] Clark only played 11 games for Souths in 2013 NRL season.

2014[edit]

Clark missed the first four weeks of the 2014 NRL season with an ankle injury.[7] He scored a try on his return in round five, where Souths beat the Dragons 26-6, he then played all games excluding one in the lead up to Souths 21st Premiership. On 5 October 2014, in the Rabbitohs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Clark played off the bench in the Rabbitohs 30-6 victory.[8][9]

2015[edit]

Clark was named to play in South Sydney's 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad in jersey 11.[10] Clark played in all of the games and scored Souths first try of the tournament; against the Panthers where he was awarded a 5-point try for scoring right under the posts.[11] Clark played in the 2015 World Club Challenge where Souths beat St. Helens 39-0. He was originally named to start at lock, however Ben Lowe started at lock and Clark moved onto the bench. On 3 May 2015, Clark played for New South Wales City against New South Wales Country in the 2015 City vs Country Origin.[12]

On 22 May 2015, Clark played his 100th NRL first-grade game for the Rabbitohs against the Parramatta Eels. On 12 June 2015, Clark played his 150th grade game for the Rabbitohs. This includes all of his NYC games and first grade games.[13] Clark went to play 18 NRL games in 2015 for Souths, scoring two tries. Clark was awarded the Burrow Appreciation Award for 2015 at South Sydney's annual Red and Green Ball, an award awarded to a South Sydney player every year nominated by "the burrow", a Rabbitohs supporter group.[14]

2016[edit]

Clark started the year representing the Rabbitohs in their 2016 Auckland Nines team, playing all three of Souths' games. In South Sydney's round 10 clash against the Parramatta Eels, Clark (who was in jersey 15) was involved in a head clash with Eels hooker Isaac De Gois. Both players left the field and it was revealed that Clark had 26 stitches stitched to his upper head as a result of the clash.[citation needed]

On 18 August, Clark extended his contract with the Rabbitohs until the end of the 2018 season.[15]

At the conclusion of the 2016 NRL season, Clark along with Sam Burgess and Kyle Turner, played in 23 of Souths' 24 matches - the most matches by any player. Despite not scoring any tries in 2016, Clark finished 4th in the team in tackles (with 603) and was also second to last in missed tackles (by players who had played over 10 matches), with only 17.

Personal life[edit]

Clark is an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador for the Australian Government and an Apprentice Mentor in the NRL's Trade UP With The NRL Program.[16]

Clark has two daughters Milla and Andi.[17]

Statistics[edit]

NRL[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2015 season [1]
Denotes seasons in which Clark won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts W L D W-L %
2009 South Sydney 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 100
2010 South Sydney 20 0 0 0 0 10 10 0 50.0
2011 South Sydney 15 1 0 0 0 9 6 0 60.0
2012 South Sydney 23 1 0 0 4 16 7 0 69.57
2013 South Sydney 11 2 0 0 8 8 3 0 72.73
2014 South Sydney 22 2 0 0 8 17 5 0 77.27
2015 South Sydney 18 2 0 0 8 8 10 0 44.4
2016 South Sydney 23 0 0 0 0 9 14 0 39
Career totals 133 8 0 0 32 78 55 0 58.6

NSW City Origin[edit]

Denotes seasons in which Clark won a game for New South Wales City Origin team
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts W L D W-L %
2015 NSW City 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Records and achievements[edit]

  • 2008 South Sydney NYC Players’ Player for the under 20s side award
  • 2009 South Sydney NYC Players’ Player for the under 20s side award
  • 2009 South Sydney NYC Best and Fairest award
  • 2009 round 25 - club debut
  • 2013 Selected for NSW Cup team of the year
  • 2014 Won NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final with Souths
  • 2015 Won NRL Auckland Nines with Souths
  • 2015 Won World Club Challenge with Souths
  • 2015 Played for NSW City Origin
  • 2015 Played 100 first grade games (all for South Sydney)
  • 2015 Played 150 grade games for a club (all for South Sydney, Including NYC)
  • 2015 Awarded South Sydney Burrow Appreciation Award
  • 2016 Awarded South Sydney Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jason Clark - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1989-06-28. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Player Profile Display". Rabbitohs.com.au. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  4. ^ "rleague.com Profile". Rleague.com. 2009-12-14. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Clark To Captain Rabbitohs at Return to Redfern". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  8. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 2014 NRL Grand Final Defeating Canterbury Bulldogs 30-6". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Rabbitohs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Squad for 2015 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines Tournament Next Weekend". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Rabbits Open Nines Campaign with Victory". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  12. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  13. ^ "Clark to Reach 150 Grade Game Milestone". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  14. ^ "Jason Clark Collects Burrow Appreciation Award for 2015". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  15. ^ "extend contract of Jason Clark until the end of the 2018 season". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  16. ^ "Carpentry 'a natural fit': Jason Clark". Australian Apprenticeships. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  17. ^ "Jason Clark". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 

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