28 February 1989 |
Te Kuiti, New Zealand
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||105 kg (16 st 7 lb)|
Kevin Proctor (born 28 February 1989 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Gold Coast Titans of the National Rugby League. Proctor plays as a second-rower. Proctor previously played for the Melbourne Storm with whom he won the 2012 NRL premiership with. Proctor is New Zealand national representative and is of Māori descent.
Born in Te Kuiti, Proctor's is of the Maori iwi (tribe) Ngā Puhi. Proctor moved the Gold Coast, Australia as a 12-year-old and attended Palm Beach Currumbin High School and played his junior rugby league for the Currumbin Eagles and represented Australian Schoolboys in 2006 and the Junior Kiwis in 2007 before playing for the Melbourne Storm NYC team in 2008.
In Round 10 of the 2008 NRL season, Proctor made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm against the St George Illawarra Dragons playing off the interchange bench in the Storms 36–12 loss at ANZ Stadium. He played in 3 matches, filling in on the interchange bench in the State of Origin period. Proctor played in the World Cup curtain opener match for the New Zealand Māori rugby league team against the Indigenous Dreamtime team in the Māori's 34–26 loss at SFS.
Proctor scored his first NRL career try in Round 2 against the Brisbane Broncos in the Storms 16–14 loss at Suncorp Stadium. In Round 7, Proctor suffered an ankle injury and didn't play first grade for the Storm for the rest of the year, playing in the NYC. On 15 June 2009, Proctor extended his contract with the Melbourne Storm to the end of the 2011 season. Proctor played in the Storm's NYC Grand Final team against the Wests Tigers playing off the interchange bench in the 24–22 win. Proctor played in 7 matches for the Storm in 2009 and was named the club's Rookie of the Year.
Proctor played off the interchange bench the Storm's 2010 World Club Challenge 18–14 win over Leeds Rhinos. He finished the club's drama filled season with 22 appearances. Proctor played for the Māori team against England off the interchange bench in the 18–18 draw.
In April, Proctor signed an extension to take him through until the end of the 2014 season. He played in all of the Storm's 26 matches, scoring 4 tries. Proctor toured with the New Zealand Kiwis squad during the 2011 Four Nations tournament but didn't play a match.
Proctor played in Storm's 2012 NRL Grand Final victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs playing at second-row in the 14–4 win. He scored 6 tries from 23 matches for the Storm. Proctor was selected to make his international debut for New Zealand in the October test at 1300SMILES Stadium, starting at second-row in the 20–12 loss against Australia.
For the Anzac Test, Proctor again represented the Kiwis in their 32–12 loss to Australia. In Round 24 in the Storm's smashing 64–4 win over the Parramatta Eels, he played in 100th career NRL match. Proctor finished the year with 23 matches and 3 tries for the Storm. He was selected the Kiwis World Cup train-on squad but didn't make the final 24-man squad.
In February, Proctor was included in the Storm's inaugural Nines squad. He played for New Zealand in the 2014 Anzac Test in the Kiwis 30–18 loss. On 27 May, Proctor re-signed with the Storm, keeping him at the club till the end of the 2018 season. He finished the season playing in all of the Storm's 25 matches and scoring 5 tries. Proctor was selected in the Kiwis squad for the Four Nations series. He scored his first international try in the Kiwis 30–12 win over Australia at Suncorp Stadium, and went on to play in the defeat of Australia in the final.
On 3 May 2015, Proctor was selected to play for the New Zealand Kiwis against Australia in the 2015 Anzac Test, playing at second-row in the Kiwis 26-12 win at Suncorp Stadium. In Round 23 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Proctor played his 150th NRL career match in the Storms' 30-2 win at Remondis Stadium. Proctor finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in all of the Storms' 26 matches and scoring 3 tries. On 8 October 2015, Proctor was selected in the 23-man New Zealand squad to tour England. Proctor played in all 3 matches against England in the Kiwis 2-1 Baskerville Shield series loss.
On 6 May, Proctor played for the Kiwis against Australia, starting at second-row in the 16-0 loss. On 2 October 2016, in the 2016 NRL Grand Final match against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Proctor started at second-row in the Storm’s 14-12 loss. He finished the season with 24 appearances and 6 tries. Selected for the Kiwis Four Nations side, he played in 4 matches and scored 1 try in the tournament, including in the Kiwis 34-8 Final loss against Australia. On 2 November, Proctor was released from his contract with the Storm and signed a 4-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans starting in 2017, an ideal signing for the club after losing senior forwards Greg Bird and Luke Douglas to the Super League and the retirement of hooker Nathan Friend. Proctor commented about the signing, "This is a great opportunity to return home to the Gold Coast with my young family to be closer to all of our family. It has been a long process and I needed to feel comfortable with the decision as I have had a successful time at the Melbourne Storm and made some great friends but now I am looking forward to joining Neil and the Titans players and contributing to the team’s success."
Proctor and Ryan James were announced as the Titans co-captains for the 2017 season. In Round 1, Proctor made his debut for Titans against the Sydney Roosters, where he started at second-row in the 32-18 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.
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