Josh Charnley

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Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley 2011.jpg
Personal information
Born (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 26)[1]
Chorley, Lancashire, England
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)[1]
Playing information
Rugby league
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–16 Wigan Warriors 151 149 96 0 788
2010(loan) Hull Kingston Rovers 5 5 0 0 20
Total 156 154 96 0 808
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011 England Knights 2 3 7 0 26
2012–14 England 7 8 0 0 32
Rugby union
Position Centre, Wing[2]
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016– Sale Sharks 16 2 0 0 10
As of 6 June 2017

Josh Charnley is an English professional dual-code rugby union footballer for Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership. He previously played rugby league for Super League club Wigan Warriors and the England national rugby league team.

Rugby League Career[edit]

Charnley was born in Chorley and joined Wigan from local amateurs Wigan St Patricks. He made numerous appearances for the Under 20s in 2010 before joining Blackpool Panthers on dual registration and then Hull Kingston Rovers on loan. He was a player around the fringes of a first team opportunity at Wigan before the possibility came to join Hull Kingston Rovers for a month. Injuries meant he was given the chance to play first team rugby by Justin Morgan making his Super League début. Charnley showed great promise on his début for Hull KR against Leeds in 2010 and picked up the club man of the match award. He scored five tries in five appearances which included a hat-trick in Hull KR's home win over Castleford and the opening try in the derby clash with Hull F.C.

Charnley made his first team début for Wigan at Craven Park against Hull Kingston Rovers in August where he scored a try off the bench. He played on the wing for Wigan in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final, scoring the first try (and breaking a bone in his hand) in his side's victory over Leeds.

In 2012 Charnley played for the England Knights team and in Super League as he scored 31 tries to help Wigan to the League Leaders Shield. This put Charnley in 3rd place in the all-time top try scorers in a regular season in the summer era as only Lesley Vainikolo (36 tries) and Danny McGuire (35 tries), both in 2004, have scored more tries in a Super League regular season. Charnley then went onto an even better 2013 season helping Wigan Warriors to the double ( challenge cup winners and super league champions) scoring a record breaking 43 tries ranking him 1st. Although the game ended in a 36-14 defeat for Wigan, Charnley scored two tries in the 2014 World Club Challenge against NRL champions Sydney Roosters. On 18 June 2014, he scored 5 tries in a 48-4 victory over Widnes Vikings.[3] Despite missing two months of action due to a knee injury, Charnley still scored at a rate of over a try a game with 23 tries in 21 games in the 2014 season. During the 2016 season, it was announced that Charnley would switch codes to join Sale Sharks at the end of the 2016 Super League season. Charnley signed off in style as he scored the winning try in the 2016 Super League Grand Final against the Warrington Wolves, chasing and touching down a beautifully weighted kick from Dan Sarginson.

Representative Rugby League career[edit]

Charnley made his International début for the England Knights in a friendly International against France in 2011. He scored 2 tries and kicked four goals on his debut. He went on to make another Knights appearance against Cumbria one week later.

Charnley made his senior International début for England against Wales in the 2012 Autumn International Series. Charnley scored 4 tries in his first appearance for his country. He has gone on to represent England in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and 2014 Four Nations.

Rugby Union Career[edit]

On 30- March 2016, Charnley makes the cross-code switch to rugby union with Manchester-based Sale Sharks who compete in the Aviva Premiership from the 2016-17 season.[4]


Grand Final: 3

2010, 2013, 2016

League Leaders Shield: 2

2010, 2012

Challenge Cup: 2

2011, 2013

Super League Top Try Scorer: 2

2012 (31 tries), 2013 (43 tries)


  1. ^ a b c "Josh Charnley Wigan Warriors". Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sam Burgess v Tom Johnson in A-League". ESPN. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Sale Sharks sign Wigan Warriors star Josh Charnley". Manchester Evening News. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

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