John Cartwright (rugby league)

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John Cartwright
John Cartwright.jpg
Cartwright in 2009
Personal information
Born (1965-08-09) 9 August 1965 (age 54)
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
PositionSecond-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1985–96 Penrith Panthers 184 14 0 0 56
1997 Salford Reds 6 1 0 0 4
Total 190 15 0 0 60
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–92 New South Wales 8 1 0 0 4
1990–92 Australia 18 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2007–14 Gold Coast Titans 186 86 0 100 46
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2009–11 City Origin 3 1 0 2 33
2004 USA 1 0 0 1 0
Source: [1][2][3]

John Cartwright (born 9 August 1965) is the assistant coach of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL and an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and former head coach. He was the head coach for the Gold Coast Titans. A "strong running and skilful passing"[6] Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative second-row forward, Cartwright played his club football with the Penrith Panthers, winning the 1991 premiership with them.

Playing career[edit]

Cartwright played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1986.[7] He began with Penrith in 1985 and was a regular first-grade player by 1987.

In 1988, under the guidance of Ron Willey, Penrith developed a heavyweight, aggressive forward pack of which Cartwright and second row partner Mark Geyer were the cornerstones.

Cartwright had a sudden rise through representative ranks in 1989. Initially not chosen for the City Origin team, he took his place in the firsts team after a spate of injuries. He was the named on the bench for New South Wales for the first State of Origin match. Unfortunately, a late injury to Ian Roberts forced him to play in the front row,[6] to which he was ill-suited, and he was dropped after one match. At the end of the year, he was sent off against Balmain and suspended for four matches. Penrith were thrashed 33-6 and could not win either of their two finals without Cartwright. On returning from suspension, Cartwright found form very quickly and at the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France but was dropped after one Test.

Injury affected Cartwright in 1991, and he was used as a reserve in two of the three Tests against New Zealand. Following the 1991 grand final victory he travelled with the Panthers to England for the 1991 World Club Challenge which was lost to Wigan.

Cartwright had his finest season of all in 1992. During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he helped Australia retain The Ashes. He played in all three games for New South Wales (scoring a rare try in the third) and took over the Penrith captaincy when Greg Alexander was injured.

At the end of 1996 he left Penrith to play in England.

Coaching career[edit]

After he finally retired as a player, Cartwright became an assistant coach at the Panthers and the Sydney Roosters. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.[citation needed]

Cartwright began coaching at Penrith as the reserve coach in 2001. He was John Lang's assistant coach when the Panthers took out the 2003 NRL Premiership. After a period as assistant to Ricky Stuart at the Sydney Roosters, as well as coaching the United States national rugby league team against the Kangaroos in 2004,[8] Cartwright was appointed the inaugural coach of the Gold Coast Titans after their admission to the National Rugby League.

He became involved in a feud with Melbourne Storm winger Steve Turner over contractual obligations. "We flew him up, showed him around for two or three days and he agreed to me that he would come here, we shook hands. He looked me in the eye. The deal was done. He even started looking for accommodation. I only coached him in a couple of games at Penrith and my reaction has been the same as it would be for any player in this situation. But to do what he has done . . . I'm not happy. I'm extremely disappointed, to say the least." [9]

In 2009, he was selected to coach the NSW Country Origin side.

After four years without making the finals, on 5 August 2014 he announced that he would stand down as head coach of the Titans, with immediate effect. He will coach the club one last time against the Sydney Roosters in Round 22 before Neil Henry takes over on an interim basis.[10]

In February 2015, Cartwright joined the North Queensland Cowboys as an assistant to head coach Paul Green.

On 4 October 2015, Cartwright was a member of the Cowboys' coaching staff in the side's 17-16 Grand Final victory over the Brisbane Broncos.

In the weeks following the Grand Final win, Cartwright quit the Cowboys and returned to Sydney as an assistant coach of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Cartwright is the uncle of current Gold Coast Titans player Bryce Cartwright.[12]

References[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan; Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 609. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Yesterday's Hero
  3. ^ RLP
  4. ^ "Former Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright always a Cowboys believer". Gold Coast Bulletin. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Carty Jnr ready to assume Dad's position". NRL. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b John Macdonald (16 May 1989). "Cartwright gets his big chance". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  7. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 10 October 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Buy, buy American Pie". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 November 2004.
  9. ^ Daly, Mick (9 December 2006). "Coach riled by Turner backflip". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 18 January 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ Cartwright quits as Titans coach, NRL.com official website, 5 August 2014
  11. ^ Manly Coaching Department Unveiled
  12. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/can-bryce-cartwright-live-up-to-the-lofty-expectations-of-his-own-family-name/story-e6frf3tu-1226823567151

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
team created
Gold Coast Titans coach
2007-2014
Succeeded by
Neil Henry