John Bateman (rugby league)

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John Bateman
John Bateman 2015.jpg
Personal information
Born (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 23)[1]
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Weight 15 st 6 lb (98 kg)[1]
Playing information
Position Centre, Second-row, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–13 Bradford Bulls 35 9 0 0 36
2014– Wigan Warriors 88 25 0 0 100
Total 123 34 0 0 136
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015–16 England 6 2 0 0 8
As of 31 March 2017
Source: [2]

John Bateman (born 30 September 1993) is an English professional rugby league player who currently plays for the Wigan Warriors in the Super League. 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.

Playing career[edit]

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

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


2011 season[edit]

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

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

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) to Round 9 (Hull). Bateman was suspended for Round 10 and 11. John returned in Round 12 (Huddersfield). Bateman was suspended for Rounds 13–14. He returned to play in six consecutive games from Round 15 (Leeds) to Round 20 (London Broncos). Bateman missed Rounds 21–24 due to England Academy commitments. Bateman returned for Round 25 (Huddersfield). John was injured for Rounds 26–27. He featured in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster and Warrington. Bateman scored against Hull (1 try), Doncaster (1 try) and Castleford (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 and Leeds due to an injury.

He missed Rounds 1–6 due to an injury. He featured in four consecutive games from Round 7 (Hull Kingston Rovers) to Round 10 (Salford). John missed Round 11–12 due to an injury. He featured in Round 13 (Warrington) but was subject to a groin injury keeping him out of Round 14. John returned for Round 15 (Salford) but missed Round 16 but returned in Round 17 (Hull Kingston Rovers) to Round 22 (Hull). 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 Kingston Rovers (1 try), Catalans Dragons (1 try) Salford (1 try), Rochdale Hornets (1 try) and Wigan (1 try).


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


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


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


Bateman featured in Round 1 (Catalans Dragons) to Round 8 (Hull Kingston Rovers) then in Round 11 (Castleford) to Round 12 (Huddersfield). He featured in the World Club Series against Brisbane Broncos. He scored against Hull (1 try), Leeds (1 try), Castleford (2 tries) and Huddersfield (1 try).


Season Appearances Tries Goals F/G Points
2011 Bradford 4 1 0 0 4
2012 Bradford 17 3 0 0 12
2013 Bradford 14 5 0 0 20
2014 Wigan 29 4 0 0 16
2015 Wigan 31 9 0 0 36
2016 Wigan 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]

In October 2016, Bateman was selected in the England 24-man squad for the 2016 Four Nations.


  1. ^ a b c "John Bateman Wigan Warriors". Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. ^ John Bateman
  3. ^ John BATEMAN.
  4. ^ Aussies take the Bate – The Sun. (31 July 2012). Retrieved on 2017-01-02.
  5. ^ Ross Heppenstall (1 August 2012) Bradford Bulls young gun John Bateman attracting interest in Australia.
  6. ^ "The Albert Goldthorpe Awards". League Publications. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "England demolish France 84–4 in record win". Retrieved 24 October 2015. 

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