John Sutton (rugby league)

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John Sutton
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Sutton at the 2012 Dally M Awards
Personal information
Born (1984-11-05) 5 November 1984 (age 32)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004– South Sydney Rabbitohs 259 50 7 1 215
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 NSW City Origin 2 1 0 0 4
As of 30 March 2016
Source: [1]

John Sutton (born 5 November 1984) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League. Sutton primarily plays at second-row, five-eighth and lock. Sutton is NSW City Origin and Prime Minister's XIII representative and captained the Rabbitohs in their 2014 NRL Premiership victory. Sutton is currently the most capped player in Rabbitohs' history.[2] Sutton is of Fijian Rotuman descent.


Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Sutton played his junior football for Kensington United and the Coogee Randwick Wombats. Sutton attended Marcellin College, J J Cahill Memorial High School and South Sydney High School before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[3]

Sutton is a member of the Maroubra Bra Boys brotherhood.[4] He is the older brother of Joanna Sutton. Due to his Rotuman mother who comes from the village of Hapmafau, Itu’tiu, Rotuma, Sutton qualifies to play for the Fiji Bati.

Playing career[edit]


In Round 17 of the 2004 NRL season, Sutton made his NRL debut for the South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Brisbane Broncos at centre and scored a try in the Rabbitohs 48-28 loss at Suncorp Stadium.[5] Sutton finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 10 matches and scored 2 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2004 season.


Sutton finished the 2005 NRL season with him playing in 19 matches, scoring 5 tries, kicking 7 goals and kicking a field goal for the Rabbitohs. On 18 September 2005, Sutton played for the Australian Prime Minister's XIII team against Papua New Guinea, playing off the interchange bench in the 34-0 win in Port Moresby.[6]


Sutton played in 21 matches and scored 7 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2006 NRL season.


In Round 8 against the Brisbane Broncos, Sutton suffered a shoulder injury attempting to score the Rabbitohs match-winning try in dramatic circumstances. Sutton was ruled to have knocked on following a late attempt from Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt to prevent the try. Souths lost the match 8-4 after a scoreless hour of play at Suncorp Stadium.[7] Sutton missed 9 matches from the injury. Sutton played in 16 matches and scored 3 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2007 NRL season.


On 2 May 2008, Sutton played for NSW City Origin against NSW Country Origin at lock and scored a try in the 22-all draw at WIN Stadium.[8] Sutton finished the 2008 NRL season with him playing in all of the Rabbitohs 24 matches and scored 6 tries. In October 2008 Fiji named Sutton in their training squad for the 2008 World Cup, but he pulled out citing injury.[9][10][11]


In 2009, Sutton moved to play at five eighth permanently for the Rabbitohs.[12] On 21 April 2009, Sutton was named in the preliminary 40 man squad for game 1 of the 2009 State of Origin series.[13] On 8 May 2009, Sutton played for City Origin against Country at five-eighth in the 40-18 win in Orange, New South Wales.[14] Sutton was one of the favourite for the NSW halves combination, but he injured a knuckle during the City-Country match and missed the Origin series as a result. In Round 13 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Sutton played his 100th NRL career match for the Rabbitohs in the 46-12 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium.[15] In 2009 Sutton won the George Piggins Medal as the South Sydney Rabbitohs' best and fairest player for the season.[16] Sutton played in 22 matches and scored 5 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2009 NRL season.


Sutton played in 20 matches and scored 4 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2010 NRL season.


In Round 20 against the New Zealand Warriors, Sutton played his 150th NRL match for the Rabbitohs in the 48-16 loss at ANZ Stadium.[17][18] Sutton played in 23 matches and scored 3 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2011 NRL season.


On 29 January 2012, Sutton was named by coach Michael Maguire as one of five co-captains of the South Sydney Rabbitohs alongside Michael Crocker, Sam Burgess, Matt King and Roy Asotasi for the 2012 NRL season.[19] Sutton played in all the Rabbitohs 27 matches and scored 4 tries in the season. On 6 October 2012, Sutton again won the George Piggins Medal as the South Sydney Rabbitohs best and fairest player for the season.[20] On 24 September 2012, Sutton was included in the Australian train-on squad.[21]


On 4 April 2013, Sutton re-signed with the Rabbitohs on a 4-year contract to the end of the 2017 season.[22] In Round 20 against the Gold Coast Titans, Sutton played his 200th NRL career match for the Rabbitohs in the 32-4 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[23][24] Sutton played in 25 matches and scored 7 tries for the Rabbitohs in the 2013 NRL season. On 10 October 2013, Sutton and Greg Inglis were named the joint winners of the George Piggins Medal as the South Sydney Rabbitohs best and fairest player for the season.[25] In October 2013, Sutton was named in the Fijian squad for the 2013 World Cup, but was replaced by Ryan Millard prior to the tournament.[26][27]


In February 2014, Sutton was included in the South Sydney Rabbitohs inaugural Auckland Nines squad.[28] Sutton made the shift back to lock for make way for upcoming five-eighth Luke Keary.[29] In Round 5 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Sutton became the most capped South Sydney Rabbitohs player with 212 matches overtaking Bob McCarthy with 211 matches, Sutton also made a return to five-eighth in the Rabbitohs 26-6 win at SCG.[30] On 5 October 2014, in the Rabbitohs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sutton played at second-row and captained in the Rabbitohs to a 30-6 Grand Final victory.[31][32]


On 20 January 2015, Sutton was dumped as captain of the Rabbitohs and was replaced by Greg Inglis after himself and former team-mate Luke Burgess got into an incident at a bar in Flagstaff, Arizona.[33] The pair were arrested after a bouncer told them to leave and Burgess threw the bouncer to the ground, the pair were heavily intoxicated and were later charged with disorderly conduct.[34] Later on 2 March 2015, the club received a $20,000 fine by the NRL for the incident.[35] In Round 25 against the Brisbane Broncos, Sutton suffered a season ending broken leg injury in the Rabbitohs woeful 47-12 loss at Sydney Football Stadium.[36] Sutton finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Rabbitohs.


On 2 February, Sutton was named as the captain of the Rabbitohs 2016 Auckland Nines squad. Although being heavily linked with a move to the super league [37]


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  2. ^ "Russell Crowe Hails Rabbitohs Recordbreaker John Sutton A South Sydney's Favourite Son". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  3. ^ Glenn Jackson. "Sutton hasn't looked back since turnaround at Souths". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  4. ^ Hooper, James (9 March 2008). "Maitua, Sutton back Bra Boys". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Teen joins select group of Broncos - League". 2004-07-05. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  6. ^ "PM's XIII outclasses Kumuls - Breaking News - Sport - Breaking News". 2005-09-18. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Broncos fail to impress". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Country - City Draw 22-22". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  9. ^ Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [1] Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ [2] Archived 10 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Sutton in Frame for Blues Five Eighth". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  13. ^ "Anasta and Mason left out of 40-man Origin squad - LHQNews". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  14. ^ "Country Beat City Origin 40-18". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  15. ^ "Cowboys Destroy Rabbitohs at Dairy Farmers Stadium". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  16. ^ [3] Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Rabbitohs v Warriors preview". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  18. ^ "Rabbitohs v Warriors". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  19. ^ "South Sydney Coach Michael Maguire Appoints Five Captains". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  20. ^ Webster, Andrew (2012-10-06). "Rabbitohs five-eighth John Sutton named 2012 George Piggins Medallist". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  21. ^ "Merritt among names added to Roos squad". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  22. ^ "John Sutton Re-Signs with South Sydey; Rabbitohs Set for Record". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  23. ^ "Round to rival no other". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  24. ^ "Rabbitohs Blow Titans Away to Get NRL Premiership Tilt Back on Track". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  25. ^ "Inglis and Sutton Crowned as First Joint Winners of the George Piggins Medal in 2013". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  26. ^ "Fiji's Home on the World Wide Web". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  27. ^ Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  29. ^ Hooper, James (2014-02-08). "New halves pairing of Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary forces John Sutton to move to lock". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  30. ^ "Jamie Soward Lauds John Sutton as the Driving Force Behind South Sydney Rabbitohs Form". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  31. ^ "Rabbitohs Win 2014 NRL Grand Final Defeating Canterbury Bulldogs 30-6". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  32. ^ "Rabbitohs Grand Final Player Ratings". 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  33. ^ "NRL Reopens Investigation Into Wild Night in Arizona as Details of John Sutton, Luke Burgess Arrest Emerge". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  34. ^ Adrian Proszenko (2015-01-20). "John Sutton dumped as Rabbitohs skipper as injury cloud hangs over Luke Keary". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  35. ^ Michael Chammas. "South Sydney Rabbitohs fined $20,000 by NRL over John Sutton and Luke Burgess incident in Arizona". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  36. ^ "Rabbitohs Skipper John Sutton Injured; Issac Luke on Report for Shoulder Charge". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  37. ^ "Rabbitohs name 2016 Nines squad - Rugby League Week". 2 February 2016. 

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