Mark McGaw

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Mark McGaw
Personal information
Nickname Sparkles
Playing information
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984–92 Cronulla-Sutherland 155 36 0 0 144
1993 Penrith Panthers 16 3 0 0 12
1994–95 South Sydney 22 3 0 0 12
Total 193 42 0 0 168
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1987–91 New South Wales 13 6 0 0 24
1988–91 Australia 3 4 0 0 16

Mark McGaw is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 90s. He achieved national and state representative honours in the sport and following his retirement became one of the Gladiators in the Australian version of the TV show. McGaw's usual position was at centre.

Rugby league[edit]

McGaw played his club football for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. He played for Australia in their victory over New Zealand at the 1985–1988 Rugby League World Cup Final in Auckland. At the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 590.[1]

Career after Rugby league[edit]

Mark McGaw appeared as "Hammer" on the Australian version of the TV show Gladiators from 1995 to 1997, as well as joining other rugby league players such as Paul Vautin, Paul Sironen and Darryl Brohman in modelling for Lowes Menswear. Mark McGaw is founder of Mark McGaw Institute of Sports Science.

Defamation case[edit]

On 2 November 2006 the Supreme Court of New South Wales awarded McGaw $385,000 for a defamatory story Today Tonight broadcast in June 2003. The Supreme Court jury found that the story made two defamatory imputations: that McGaw was "a man of dangerous domestic violence", and that he "bashed his lover so severely that she was hospitalised with horrific injuries".[2]


  1. ^ ARL Annual Report, 2005
  2. ^ "Today Tonight hammered for $385,000". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2006-11-02. 

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