17 June 1990 |
Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|As of 19 March 2017
Josh Mansour (Arabic: جوش منصور; born 17 June 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers of the National Rugby League. Mansour's position of choice is at Wing. Mansour is an Australian and Lebanese national, New South Wales State of Origin, Prime Minister's XIII and City Origin representative.
Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Mansour is of Lebanese, Portuguese and Cuban descent and played his junior rugby league for St Johns Eagles and Kingsgrove Colts. He was signed up by the South Sydney Rabbitohs and played in their NYC team in 2008-2010. Mansour was selected in 2010 for Winger of the Year NYC and was chosen as the NYC Player of the Year at the Rabbitohs. He played Junior Kangaroos in 2010 against the Junior Kiwis and played for Lebanon in the 2009 European Cup. Mansour graduated to South Sydney's full-time training squad in 2011 but did not play in a match.
In Round 9, Mansour made his NRL debut for the Panthers at Penrith Stadium on the wing in the 44-10 loss against the Melbourne Storm despite scoring a try on debut. He was named the Panthers Rookie of the Year after playing in 14 matches and scoring 7 tries in his debut year.
On 5 March, Mansour extended his contract with the club to the end of the 2014 season. In Round 23 against the New Zealand Warriors, Mansour scored a spectacular put down of the ball just before going into the in goal in the 28-24 win at Mt Smart Stadium. Mansour played in 14 matches and scored 4 tries in 2013.
In February, Mansour played in the Panthers inaugural Auckland Nines squad. On 3 June, he re-signed, keeping him at the Panthers until the end of the 2016 season after declining a lucrative offer from the Canberra Raiders. Mansour finished the season as the Panthers highest tryscorer with 15 tries in 22 matches.
On 12 October, Mansour played on the wing and scored a try for Prime Minister's XIII in the 34-16 win over Papua New Guinea. He made his Australian international debut against New Zealand Kiwis on 25 October in the Four Nations where the Kiwis won 30-12 at Suncorp Stadium. Mansour scored his first try in the Green and Gold of Australia against Samoa in Australia's 44-18 victory at WIN Stadium, and played in the 22-18 Four Nations Final loss against New Zealand.
Mansour scored 6 tries from 12 games in 2015. He was named in the Lebanon 48-man train-on squad ahead of two 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers against South Africa, however he didn't take part in either match.
In February 2016, Mansour was named in the Panthers 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad. On 8 May 2016, Mansour played for City Origin against Country Origin where he scored a try in the 44-30 win in Tamworth. After showing some great form on the wing in the early rounds, Mansour was rewarded with selection in the New South Wales State of Origin squad. On 1 June 2016, Mansour made his debut for New South Wales against Queensland, playing on the wing in the 6-4 loss at ANZ Stadium. Mansour featured in all 3 matches for Blues on the wing in their 2-1 series loss in the 2016 State of Origin series. On 28 September 2016, at the 2016 Dally M Awards night, Mansour was awarded as the Winger of the Year due to his brilliant form in the Panthers charge to the finals. Mansour capped off a great 2016 NRL season with him playing in 25 matches and scoring 16 tries for the Panthers. At the end of the year, Mansour was named in the Australia 2016 Four Nations 24-man squad. Mansour played in 1 match of the tournament in the first round against Scotland where he played on the wing and scored 2 tries in the 54-12 smashing win at Craven Park in Hull. On 3 November 2016, Mansour suffered a serious knee injury during a freak mishap at training after a game of touch footy when he collided with Dragons star Josh Dugan when he attempted to shield a kick from him, unfortunately ruling Mansour from the tournament and possibly the first half of the 2017 season.
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