Kallum Watkins

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Kallum Watkins
Personal information
Born (1991-03-12) 12 March 1991 (age 24)
Manchester, England
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 14 st 2 lb (90 kg)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007– Leeds Rhinos 138 78 0 0 312
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012– England 11 8 0 0 32
As of 17 April 2015
Source: http://therhinos.co.uk/rugby/players/first_team.php?player=81958&includeref=dynamic

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.

Playing career[edit]

Early Days[edit]

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.[1]

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

2007: Rhinos Academy & England Under 17's[edit]

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 [2][3]

2008: First Grade Debut[edit]

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.[4]

Opponent Comp Date Tries Goals F/G Points
Celtic Crusaders Cup 18/04/08 1 4
Hull KR SL 25/04/08 - - -
Bradford Bulls SL 03/05/08 1 4
Quins RL Cup 11/05/08 - - -
Wigan Warriors SL 22/08/08 1 - - 4
Total 5 3 - - 12

[5]

2009: More Game Time[edit]

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.[6]

Opponent Comp Date Tries Goals F/G Points
Celtic Crusaders SL 06/02/09 - - - -
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 13/02/09 - - -
Hull KR SL 20/02/09 1 4
Manly Sea Eagles WCC 01/03/09 - - -
Warrington Wolves SL 08/03/09 - - - -
Wigan Warriors SL 13/03/09 - - - -
Catalans Dragons SL 27/03/09 - - -
Bradford Bulls SL 10/04/2009 - -
Quins RL SL 24/04/09 - - -
Huddersfield Giants SL 14/06/09 2 - - 8
Quins RL SL 20/06/09 - - -
Hull KR SL 17/07/09 - - - -
Celtic Crusaders SL 22/08/09 - - -
Salford City Reds SL 20/02/09 1 4
Total 14 4 - - 16

[7]

2010: Knee Reconstruction[edit]

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.[8]

Opponent Comp Date Tries Goals F/G Points
Celtic Crusaders SL 29/01/10 - -
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 14/02/10 - - -
Salford City Reds SL 19/02/10 - -
Melbourne Storm WCC 28/02/10 - - -
Quins RL SL 05/03/10 1 - - 4
Huddersfield Giants SL 14/03/10 - -
Total 6 1 - - 4

[9]

2011: Another Bad Injury[edit]

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.[10] Later that year he played at centre for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Wigan.

Opponent Comp Date Tries Goals F/G Points
Bradford Bulls SL 13/02/11 - - - -
Hull FC SL 18/02/11 - - -
Quins RL SL 25/02/11 - -
Warrington Wolves SL 05/03/11 1 - 4
Salford City Reds SL 11/03/11 1 - - 4
St Helens SL 19/03/11 - - - -
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 27/03/11 4 - 16
Wigan Warriors SL 01/04/11 - -
Hull KR SL 09/04/11 2 - 4
Huddersfield Giants SL 15/04/11 - - - -
Bradford Bulls SL 21/04/11 - - - -
Castleford Tigers SL 29/04/11 1 - 4
Salford City Reds SL 29/07/11 - -
Castleford Tigers Cup 07/08/11 1 - - 4
Castleford Tigers SL 12/08/11 1 - 4
Quins RL SL 20/08/11 - -
Wigan Warriors Cup 27/08/11 - -
Total 17 11 - - 44

[11]

2012: Future Secured[edit]

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 [12]

Watkins scored the opening try in Leeds' 26–12 2012 World Club Challenge win over National Rugby League premiers Manly Sea Eagles on 17 February at Headingly.

Opponent Comp Date Tries Goals F/G Points
Hull KR SL 03/02/12 3 - - 12
Manly Sea Eagles WCC 18/02/12 1 - - 4
Widnes Vikings SL 27/02/12 1 - - 4
Castleford Tigers SL 02/03/12 1 - - 4
Warrington Wolves SL 09/03/12 1 - - 4
Salford City Reds SL 16/03/12 1 - - 4
Total 6 7 - - 28

[13]

Stats[edit]

(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

Team By Team[edit]

Team Games Tries Goals F/G Points
Bradford Bulls 4 1 - - 4
Castleford Tigers 4 4 - - 16
Catalans Dragons 1 - -
Celtic Crusaders 4 1 - 4
Huddersfield Giants 3 2 - 8
Hull FC 1 - - - -
Hull KR 5 6 - - 24
London Broncos 6 1 - - 4
Manly Sea Eagles 2 1 - 4
Melbourne Storm 1 0 - -
Salford City Reds 5 3 - 12
St Helens 1 - - -
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 3 4 - 16
Warrington Wolves 3 2 - 8
Widnes Vikings 1 1 - 4
Wigan Warriors 4 1 - 4
Total 48 27 - - 108

[14]

By Competition[edit]

Competition Games Tries Goals F/G Points
Super League 38 18 - 76
Challenge Cup 4 2 - 8
World Club Challenge 3 1 - 4
Play Offs - - - -
Total 45 24 - - 96

[15]

Honours[edit]

Grand Final: 1

2012

League Leaders Shield: 1

2009

Challenge Cup: 1

2014

World Club Challenge: 1

2012

References[edit]

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