12 March 1991 |
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||15 st 6 lb (98 kg)|
|As of 17 July 2015|
Kallum Watkins (Born 12 March 1991 in Manchester, England) is an English professional rugby league footballer for the Leeds Rhinos of Super League. He can play as a centre, winger or fullback. Watkins has earned representative honours for the England Under 17's team against the AIS and in 2012 made the full England team scoring 4 tries in 3 starts at centre in the Autumn International series.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Early Days
- 3 Leeds Rhinos
- 4 Stats
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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Watkins began his rugby league career at his local club Folly Lane (Salford) before moving on to Salford City Reds Junior Academy. In 2007, after impressing in a trial at the Leeds Rhinos he signed a junior contract with the club.
2007: Rhinos Academy & England Under 17's
Kallum joined the Rhinos in 2007, having impressed during a trial period. In that first season with the Junior Academy he scored 13 tries in 20 appearances as they headed for Grand Final glory, where he scored the opening try in the Rhinos 26-16 win over St Helens and earned himself a place in the England U17 squad to play the AIS. Kallum made his debut for England U17's against the Australian Institute of Sport as a substitute in the first test at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium. England were unlucky losers that night, 28-26, having led for the majority of the game however a week later Kallum, helped the young Lions restore pride with a 38-22 win at Wakefield's Belle Vue 
2008: First Grade Debut
He began 2008 in spectacular form for the Academy, scoring 11 tries in the opening five games of the season, including a hattrick against Hull Kingston Rovers in the first game of the season & four tries a week later against Castleford Tigers. His form saw him promoted to the Rhinos first Grade squad in April 2008 at just sixteen years of age. He made his debut against the then Celtic Crusaders in the Challenge Cup, scoring a try. He went on to make 4 further appearances in 2008 scoring 2 further tries, most notably against the Bradford Bulls at the Millennium Magic weekend.
2009: More Game Time
In 2009, Watkins became a more regular name on the Rhinos team sheet. He made 13 appearances in all scoring 4 tries, including a spectacular length of the field interception try late on to beat the Huddersfield Giants at Headingley 20-12.
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2010: Knee Reconstruction
2010 started with so much promise for the 18-year-old Watkins, starting in the Rhinos first 6 games which included an appearance on the wing in the World Club Challenge defeat by the Melbourne Storm. Watkins started at centre, winger and fullback in the 6 game stretch due to injuries to team mates however, on March 14 he injured his knee in the 26-20 defeat by the Huddersfield Giants and had to have a knee reconstruction. Watkins did not play again that season.
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2011: Another Bad Injury
At the start of the 2011 season he was mainly used on the wing scoring 9 tries in 8 games including 4 against the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. On April 29, 2011, while playing against the Castleford Tigers in the Rhinos 48-6 win, Watkins injured the ligaments in his wrist which saw him miss the next 12 weeks. Later that year he played at centre for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Wigan.
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2012: Future Secured
Watkins was given a boost after 2 injury-ravaged seasons when he was handed the Number 3 Jersey by the Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott. This signalled the intent that the coach sees him as the long term right centre at Leeds. Kallum also signed a new 5-year contract on January 26, keeping him at the Rhinos until 2017 at the earliest 
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(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)
Team By Team
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Grand Final: 1
- "Kallum Watkins Leeds Rhinos". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.