14 April 1977 |
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)|
Source: Rugby League Project
Luke Priddis (born 14 April 1977 in Dubbo, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, and 2000s. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative hooker, he played club football in the National Rugby League for the Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos (with whom he won the 2000 NRL Premiership) and Penrith Panthers (with whom he won the 2003 NRL Premiership and Clive Churchill Medal) and, finally, the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
A Woden Valley Rams junior, Priddis started his career with the Canberra Raiders, winning the club's rookie of the year award in his debut season. He was selected to represent New South Wales in the Super League Tri-series and also Australia in the post-season Trans-Tasman Super League test match. He later moved to the Brisbane Broncos and played at hooker in the club's 2000 NRL grand final victory over the Sydney Roosters. Having won the 2000 NRL Premiership, the Broncos traveled to England to play against 2000's Super League V Champions, St Helens R.F.C. for the 2001 World Club Challenge, with Priddis playing at hooker in Brisbane's loss.
Moving to the Penrith Panthers, in the 2003 NRL grand final, Priddis won the Clive Churchill Medal in the 18-6 victory over the Sydney Roosters. He scored one try and set up both other tries for winger Luke Rooney, whilst making 47 tackles. After this match he became the only Panther to have played in two successful Grand Finals, having won with Brisbane in 2000. No hooker had previously won the Clive Churchill Medal since it was instigated in 1986, though two others have won it since. As 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Priddis played at hooker and scored Penrith's sole try in their 22-4 loss.
In 2009 Priddis was re-united with his former coach at the Broncos, Wayne Bennett, after they both transferred to the Dragons.
Despite being advised by Dragons coach Wayne Bennett to retire at the end of the 2009 season, Priddis went on to make his 300th NRL appearance in 2010. While Priddis played a very important role in the team's success after taking over from Nathan Fien, who suffered a broken leg in Round 1 which kept him out most of the season, he did not play in the 2010 NRL Grand Final. By not playing in the Dragons' victorious Grand Final squad, he missed a golden opportunity to have won three Grand Finals at three different clubs, a feat not achieved since Glenn Lazarus did so with the Broncos, Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm. Priddis retired at the end of the 2010 NRL season.
- Annual Report 2005 - Australian Rugby League
- Gee, Steve (2010-04-15). "Dragons hooker Luke Priddis to bring up 300 NRL games on Friday night". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
Craig Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters)
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