|Born||22 June 1988|
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||13 st 5 lb (85 kg; 187 lb)|
|Position||Scrum-half, Stand-off, Hooker|
As of 19 October 2019
Luke Gale (born 22 June 1988) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as scrum-half or stand-off for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. He is an England Knights and England international.
A Leeds academy graduate, Gale joined Doncaster in 2007 and established himself as a first-choice player, winning the National League Two Young Player of the Year award in 2008, in which he became the club's record points scorer in a season. Gale's form at Doncaster attracted interest from Super League clubs and he moved to London's Harlequins Rugby League team.
Gale spent three years at Harlequins club before joining Bradford Bulls.
Gale immediately became first-choice scrum-half for Bradford, scoring 143 points for the club in his début season. He signed a three-year extension to his contract at the start of 2013, however he missed the first three months of the season due to injury and only made 16 appearances in total during the year. Gale missed only one match for Bradford in 2014, however the team struggled on the field and the club was relegated from Super League at the end of the season, following which Gale left the club.
Gale joined Castleford in 2015 as a replacement for the departing Marc Sneyd, and scored a try on his début for the club against Wakefield Trinity. Gale enjoyed a productive season, scoring 205 points and becoming an integral part of the team that narrowly missed out on the Super League semi-finals. His form was recognised as he won the Albert Goldthorpe Medal at the end of the season.
Gale was made acting captain for the 2016 due to injury to Michael Shenton. Another strong season in which he topped the league for try assists saw him retain his Albert Goldthorpe medal.
In 2017, Gale played an integral role in guiding Castleford to the League Leaders Shield, their first piece of major silverware since 1994, as well as leading the team to their maiden Grand Final appearance, which was lost 24-6 to Leeds Rhinos. Undoubtedly Gale’s best performance of the season was in Castleford’s 23-22 victory over St Helens in their BetFred Super League semi-Final, in which he converted a last-minute penalty to bring the game to golden point extra-time, before scoring the drop-goal which sent Castleford to Old Trafford for the first time in the club’s history. Just two weeks beforehand, he had undergone an emergency appendectomy operation. The following week, Gale was named 2017 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel for his performances throughout the season, beating team-mate Zak Hardaker and Hull FC’s Albert Kelly to the award.
After an outstanding 2015 Super League season, Gale was named in the senior England team for their end-of-year internationals against France and New Zealand, but did not make an appearance. He was selected again in England's squad for the 2016 Four Nations, making his international début in a test match against France.
|2012 Bradford Bulls||19||2||67||1||143|
|2013 Bradford Bulls||16||3||8||1||29|
|2014 Bradford Bulls||29||14||44||3||147|
|2015 Castleford Tigers||29||11||102||1||249|
|2016 Castleford Tigers||30||7||120||2||270|
|2017 Castleford Tigers||3||4||20||0||56|
As of 3 March 2017
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