Jason Nightingale

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Jason Nightingale
Jason Nightingale 2013.JPG
Personal information
Nickname Florence
Born (1986-09-20) 20 September 1986 (age 30)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007– St. George Illawarra Dragons 229 98 0 0 392
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–16 New Zealand 31 15 0 0 60
2012 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 26 March 2017
Source: [1]

Jason Nightingale (born 20 September 1986) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the Australian National Rugby League. Nightingale is a New Zealand international representative who primarily plays on the wing. Nightingale has spent his entire career to date at the Dragons, with whom he won the 2010 NRL Premiership. Nightingale was also a member of the New Zealand Kiwis team that beat Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final.


Born in Sydney, New South Wales to New Zealand parents; Nightingale is of Māori descent specifically the Waikato Tainui Iwi (tribe). Nightingale lived in Waikato for a few years as a youngster playing Rugby Union before moving back to Sydney and played his junior rugby league for Renown United.[2] Nightingale played for the St George Illawarra Dragons Jersey Flegg Cup team.

Playing career[edit]


In Round 8, Nightingale made his NRL debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons against the Penrith Panthers, playing on the wing and scoring a try on debut in the 28-16 win at Jubilee Oval.[3] He finished his debut with 7 tries from 16 matches.


Nightingale was selected for New Zealand for the 2008 Centenary Test against Australia, making his international debut for New Zealand on the wing in the Kiwis 28-12 loss at the SCG.[4][5] Nightingale finished the 2008 NRL season playing in 24 matches and scoring 13 tries for the Dragons. In August 2008, Nightingale was chosen for the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[6] Nightingale originally missed out of the final 24-man Kiwis squad for the World Cup, but was chosen as a replacement for the injured Brent Webb.[7] Nightingale only played in 1 match in the World Cup, playing against England and scored a try in the Kiwis 36-24 win at Hunter Stadium.[8]


In 2009, Nightingale was selected for St George Illawarra's feeder side Shellharbour Dragons for some matches during the season after being stuck behind Brett Morris and Wendell Sailor on the wing. Nightingale was selected on the interchange bench for the Kiwis 2008 Anzac Test in the 38-10 loss against Australia at Suncorp Stadium.[9] Nightingale played in 18 matches and scored 3 tries for the Dragons in the 2009 NRL season.


In 2010, after the retirement of Wendell Sailor at the end of 2009, Nightingale returned to the starting lineup on the wing. For the 2010 Anzac Test, Nightingale was selected to play for New Zealand on the wing, scoring a try in their 12-8 loss against Australia at AAMI Park.[10] On 3 October 2010, in the Dragons 2010 NRL Grand Final match against the Sydney Roosters, Nightingale played on the wing and scored two second-half tries to help the Dragons to achieve the 32-8 victory.[11] Nightingale played in 26 matches and scored 16 tries in the Dragons successful 2010 NRL season. Nightingale was chosen in the New Zealand Kiwis 2010 Rugby League Four Nations squad, scoring three tries in four games, including a 71st minute try in the final at Suncorp Stadium.[12] Nightingale's fine late season form saw him earning a place in Rugby League World's team of the year on the wing.[13]


On 9 March 2011, Nightingale extended his contract with the Dragons for a further 4 years till the end of the 2015 season.[14] Nightingale was selected for the Kiwis for the 2011 Anzac Test against Australia on the wing in the Kiwis 20-10 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[15] In Round 19 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Nightingale played his 100th National Rugby League career match in the Dragons 38-8 win at Jubilee Oval.[16] Nightingale was named the Dragons ‘Player of the Year’ for the 2011 NRL season, playing in 25 matches and scoring 10 tries for the Dragons. Nightingale was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis 2011 Rugby League Four Nations squad, playing in 4 matches and scoring 3 tries.


On 4 February 2012, Nightingale was selected for the NRL All Stars team against the Indigenous All Stars playing on the wing in the 36-28 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[17] Nightingale was selected for the Kiwis for the 2012 Anzac Test against Australia on the wing in the Kiwis 20-12 loss at Eden Park.[18] Nightingale played in all of the Dragons 24 matches and scored 7 tries in the 2012 NRL season.


Nightingale was selected for the Kiwis for the 2013 Anzac Test against Australia on the wing in the Kiwis 32-12 loss at Canberra Stadium.[19] In Round 20, against the Canberra Raiders, Nightingale played his 150th NRL career match in the Dragons 22-18 loss at Canberra Stadium.[20][21] Nightingale played in all of the Dragons 24 matches and scored 9 tries in the 2013 NRL season. Nightingale played for the Kiwis in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Nightingale was selected in the New Zealand 2013 World Cup squad, playing in 2 matches.[22]


In February 2014, Nightingale was selected for the St George Illawarra Dragons inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[23] On May 2, 2014, Nightingale was selected for the Kiwis for the 2014 Anzac Test against Australia on the wing in the Kiwis 30-18 loss at the SFS.[24] Nightingale finished off the 2014 NRL season as the Dragons highest tryscorer with 16 tries in 22 matches. On 7 October 2014, Nightingale was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis final 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[25] Nightingale played on the wing and scored a try in the Kiwis 22-18 Four Nations final win over Australia at Westpac Stadium.[26] Nightingale finished as the tournament's top try scorer with 5 tries after 4 games.


On 21 January 2015, Nightingale was named in the Dragons 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[27] On 3 May 2015, Nightingale was selected for the Kiwis for the 2015 Anzac Test against Australia on the wing in the Kiwis 26-12 win at Suncorp Stadium.[28] On 19 June 2015, Nightingale re-signed with the Dragons on a 2-year contract till the end of the 2017 season after attracting offers from the New Zealand Warriors and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[29][30] Nightingale finished the 2015 NRL season playing in 17 matches and scoring 5 tries for the Dragons. In early October, Jason was approached to record a message of support for SuperCoach Ya Mum league Grand Finalists the Battered Savs, however declined on the basis it was immature. On 8 October 2015, Nightingale was selected in the 23-man New Zealand squad to tour England.[31] Nightingale played in all 3 matches against England on the wing and scored 1 try in the Kiwis' 2-1 Baskerville Shield series loss.[32]


In Round 3 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Nightingale played his 200th NRL career match, scoring a try in the Dragons 8-6 win at Sydney Cricket Ground.[33][34] On 6 May 2016, Nightingale played for the New Zealand Kiwis against Australia, playing on the wing in the 16-0 loss at Hunter Stadium.[35]


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  2. ^ David Long (2014-10-23). "Jason Nightingale was always a Kiwi at heart". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Dragons hang on for win". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
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  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby League | Kiwi Webb forced out of World Cup". BBC News. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
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  9. ^ "Australia Beats New Zealand 38-10 in ANZAC Test". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Brett Morris Scores Twice as Australia Beat New Zealand in ANZAC Test". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  11. ^ "St George Illawara Coach Wayne Bennett Says Grand Final Win a Victory for True Believers". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
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  13. ^ [2] Archived 23 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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  15. ^ "Australia Play New Zealand in the Mid Year Rugby League Test". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Dragons blow Sharks out of the water to bring history closer". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Indigenous All Stars Take on NRL All Stars". Foxpsorts.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
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  21. ^ "Nightingale hopeful in 150th game". NRL.com. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  22. ^ "Sonny Bill Williams declares himself available for New Zealand Kiwis World Cup squad". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
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  27. ^ "DRAGONS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  28. ^ Chris Barrett. "New Zealand Kiwis claim third straight win over Australian Kangaroos for first time since 1953". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  29. ^ "Jason Nightingale Signs Extension With St George Illawara That Will Keep Him at the Club Until 2017". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  30. ^ "Jason Nightingale Set to Reject Big Money Move to Warriors to Remain with Dragons". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  31. ^ "Kiwis name squad for England tour". NRL.com. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  32. ^ "England v New Zealand : Third Test Hosts Take Series With Nervy 20-14 Win Over Kiwis in Wigan". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  33. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/dragons/dragons-veteran-jason-nightingale-the-last-man-standing-in-10-years-of/news-story/115eacee30bd3698df64198744a38e19
  34. ^ http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3801892/burgess-injured-in-dragons-victory/
  35. ^ http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/live-coverage-of-the-anzac-test-between-australia-and-new-zealand-at-hunter-stadium-newcastle/news-story/5300bf4c11d489981ee82f5d0622f823

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