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12 March 1991 |
Manchester, England, UK
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||15 st 10 lb (100 kg)|
|As of 31 March 2017
Kallum Watkins (Born 12 March 1991 in Manchester to Jamaican mother and English father, England) is an English professional rugby league footballer for Leeds of Super League. He can play as a centre, winger or fullback. Watkins has earned representative honours for the England Under 17s 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
- 4 Representative career
- 5 Stats
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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Watkins began his rugby league career at his local club Folly Lane (Pendlebury) before moving on to Salford Junior Academy. In 2007, after impressing in a trial at Leeds he signed a junior contract with the club.
2007: Leeds Academy & England Under 17s
Kallum joined Leeds 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 Leeds 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 U17s 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 Trinity'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. His form saw him promoted to the Leeds 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 Bradford at the Millennium Magic weekend.
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2009: More game time
In 2009, Watkins became a more regular name on the Leeds team sheet. He made 13 appearances in all scoring 4 tries, including a spectacular length of the field interception try late on to beat Huddersfield 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 Leeds 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 teammates however, on 14 March he injured his knee in the 26-20 defeat by Huddersfield and had to have a knee reconstruction. Watkins did not play again that season.
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 Wakefield Trinity. On 29 April 2011, while playing against Castleford in Leeds' 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 Leeds 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 26 January, keeping him at Leeds until 2017 at the earliest 
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Kallum made his International debut for England in the 2012 Autumn International Series. He scored a try on debut against Wales. He went on to score a total try tally of 4 tries in England's 3 tournament matches.
In October and November, Kallum played for England in their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. He played in all 5 of England's matches, scoring two tries.
In October, England traveled down under to play in the Four Nations. Kallum scored two tries in England's 3 tournament matches.
In October Kallum was named in England's 24-man squad for their test-series against New Zealand. Before the series began England took on France in a test match at Leigh. Kallum scored his 9th career try in England's rout of their opponents.
Team by team
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Grand Final: 5
- "Kallum Watkins Leeds Rhinos". Superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Kallum Watkins - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20110809125615/http://www.therhinos.co.uk/rugby/players/first_team.php?player=81958&includeref=dynamic. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012. Missing or empty
-  Archived 8 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- [dead link]
- "Kallum Watkins out for 12 weeks - Leeds Rhinos Rugby League News". Superleaguefans.com. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
- "New five year deal for Watkins". Loverugbyleague.com. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
- "MCNAMARA NAMES 24-MAN SQUAD FOR 2015 INTERNATIONAL SERIES". englandrl.co.uk. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- "England demolish France 84-4 in record win". Skysports.com. Retrieved 24 October 2015.