John Bateman (rugby league)

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John Bateman
John Bateman 2015.jpg
Personal information
Nickname Workhorse[citation needed]
Born (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 22)[1]
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Centre, Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–13 Bradford Bulls 35 9 0 0 36
2014–presant Wigan Warriors 71 18 0 0 72
Total 106 27 0 0 108
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015 England 4 2 0 0 8
As of 21 April 2016
Source: [2]

John Bateman (born 30 September 1993) is an English professional rugby league player who currently plays for the Wigan Warriors. He primarily plays second-row and loose forward but can also play centre. Bateman made his England test debut against France in October 2015. Bateman signed for Wigan Warriors in November 2013 from Bradford Bulls.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Bateman played his junior football for Bradford Dudley Hill before being signed by the Bradford Bulls. In Round 12 of 2011's Super League XVI, he made his Super League début for the Bulls against the Catalans Dragons.[3]

He was reportedly in talks with Warrington Wolves and National Rugby League clubs, Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights,[4][5] but chose to stay with Bradford.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Bateman featured in three of the four pre-season games. He played against Halifax RLFC, Dewsbury Rams and Keighley Cougars. John scored tries against Halifax and Cougars.

Bateman made his Super League début in Round 12 (Catalans Dragons). John then played in Round 25 (Wigan Warriors) and in Round 27 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats). He did however play against Halifax RLFC in the Challenge Cup. He scored against Wigan Warriors (1 try).

2012 season[edit]

In 2012 Bateman was awarded the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie if the Year Medal.[6] Bateman featured in three of the four pre-season friendlies. He played against Castleford Tigers, Dewsbury Rams and Hull FC.

John featured in Round 1 (Catalans Dragons). He missed Rounds 2-3 due to injury. He featured in six consecutive games from Round 4 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) to Round 9 (Hull FC). Bateman was suspended for Round 10 and 11. John returned in Round 12 (Huddersfield Giants). Bateman was suspended for Rounds 13-14. He returned to play in six consecutive games from Round 15 (Leeds Rhinos) to Round 20 (London Broncos). Bateman missed Rounds 21-24 due to England Academy commitments. Bateman returned for Round 25 (Huddersfield Giants). John was injured for Rounds 26-27. He featured in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster RLFC and Warrington Wolves. Bateman scored against Hull FC (1 try), Doncaster RLFC (1 try) and Castleford Tigers (1 try).

2013 season[edit]

In the off-season Bateman signed a 3 Year Extension on his current deal and this will keep him at Odsal until 2015. He missed the pre-season friendlies against Dewsbury Rams and Leeds Rhinos due to an injury.

He missed Rounds 1-6 due to an injury. He featured in four consecutive games from Round 7 (Hull KR) to Round 10 (Salford City Reds). John missed Round 11-12 due to an injury. He featured in Round 13 (Warrington Wolves) but was subject to a groin injury keeping him out of Round 14. John returned for Round 15 (Salford City Reds) but missed Round 16 but returned in Round 17 (Hull KR) to Round 22 (Hull FC). John missed the rest of the season due to surgery on his ankle. Bateman featured in the Challenge Cup against Rochdale Hornets and London Broncos. John scored against Hull KR (1 try), Catalan Dragons (1 try) Salford City Reds (1 try), Rochdale Hornets (1 try) and Wigan Warriors (1 try).

Wigan Warriors[edit]

Bateman signed a 3 Year Deal with the Super League champions as he was unsettled at the Bulls.


Bateman featured in the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters. He featured in Round 2 (Castleford Tigers) to Round 15 (Huddersfield Giants) then in Round 18 (St Helens RLFC) to Round 23 (Salford Red Devils). John next played in Round 25 (Widnes Vikings) to Round 27 (Warrington Wolves). Bateman played in Round 5 (Hunslet Hawks) to the Quarter Final (Castleford Tigers) in the Challenge Cup. John played in the Qualifying Playoff (Huddersfield Giants). He scored against Wakefield Wildcats (1 try), Bradford Bulls (1 try), Salford Red Devils (1 try) and London Broncos (1 try).


John played in the World Club Series against Brisbane Broncos. Bateman featured in Round 1 (Widnes Vikings) to Round 9 (Salford Red Devils) then in Round 11 (Warrington Wolves) to Round 19 (Salford Red Devils). He also played in Round 21 (Leeds Rhinos) to Super Eight 6 (St Helens RLFC) then in the Semi Final (Huddersfield Giants) to the Grand Final (Leeds Rhinos). Bateman played in the Challenge Cup in Round 6 (Hull KR). He scored against Huddersfield Giants (4 tries), Hull FC (2 tries), Leeds Rhinos (1 try) and Warrington Wolves (2 tries).


Bateman featured in Round 1 (Catalan Dragons) to Round 8 (Hull KR) then in Round 11 (Castleford Tigers) to Round 12 (Huddersfield Giants). He featured in the World Club Series against Brisbane Broncos. He scored against Hull FC (1 try), Leeds Rhinos (1 try), Castleford Tigers (2 tries) and Huddersfield Giants (1 try).


Season Appearances Tries Goals F/G Points
2011 Bradford Bulls 4 1 0 0 4
2012 Bradford Bulls 17 3 0 0 12
2013 Bradford Bulls 14 5 0 0 20
2014 Wigan Warriors 29 4 0 0 16
2015 Wigan Warriors 31 9 0 0 36
2016 Wigan Warriors 11 5 0 0 20
Total 106 27 0 0 108

Representative career[edit]

In 2012, Bateman was named captain of the England Academy squad to tour Australia.

After an outstanding Super League 2015 season, Bateman was selected in the senior England team for their test series against New Zealand. Bateman made his debut for England in a test match, before the series, against France which saw Bateman score two tries in England's rout of their opponents. For his outstanding efforts in the game, Bateman was awarded man-of-the-match.[7]


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