Mark McLinden

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Mark McLinden
Marty McLinden.jpg
McLinden playing for Harlequins RL in 2007
Personal information
Born (1979-07-08) 8 July 1979 (age 40)
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Playing information
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight86 kg (13 st 8 lb)
Rugby league
PositionFullback, Five-eighth, Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–04 Canberra Raiders 165 65 0 1 261
2005–08 London Broncos/Harlequins RL 72 28 0 1 113
Total 237 93 0 2 374
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001 NSW Country 1 0 0 0 0
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009 Queensland Reds 3 1 0 0 5
Source: [1][2][3]

Mark McLinden (born 8 July 1979) is an Australian former professional rugby footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He played rugby league in the National Rugby League (NRL) for Australian club, the Canberra Raiders and in the Super League for English club the London Broncos/Harlequins RL, whom he also captained. A Country New South Wales representative backline player, McLinden finished his career in 2009 with a few rugby union games for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby.

Early years[edit]

McLinden was born in Canberra, ACT, and played his early rugby at West Belconnen Warriors in the Canberra District Junior Rugby League. While attending Hawker College, McLinden played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1996 and 1997.[4]

Rugby league career[edit]

In 1998, McLinden signed to play in the NRL for his local team Canberra Raiders. Following an impressive début season, Mark was named NRL Rookie of the Year,[5] and later won the Raiders' player of the year award.[citation needed]

He also received representative honours with selection for the Australian Junior Kangaroos squad to play tests against the Junior Kiwis. In 2001 McLinden was selected to play in the City vs Country Origin for Country. During his 7 seasons at the Canberra Raiders, McLinden made 165 appearances, featuring in 5 play-off series.

Super League[edit]

McLinden in action for Harlequins RL

McLinden signed for the London Broncos in November 2004[6] and was appointed team captain following on from Jim Dymock.[6] During 2005's Super League X, his first in the Super League, Mark showed his versatility by appearing at fullback, halfback or hooker.

In 2006's Super League XI, with his club now operating as the Harlequins RL, Mark was the club's leading Super League try scorer with 14 tries from 17 appearances. His season was, however, disrupted by a persistent back injury which required an operation in late 2006.[7]

McLinden had played much of his career at halfback, and with the arrival of Great Britain international fullback Chris Melling at the Harlequins RL he played several games of 2007's Super League XII in the halves.

2007's Super League XII saw McLinden return from injury. However, he was replaced as captain by England international Rob Purdham.[8]

McLinden signed a three-year extension to his contract to keep him at Harlequins until the end of the 2009 season. However, in 2008 he suffered from a long debilitating illness which caused him to lose a lot of weight. As a result, he barely featured in Super League and he was released at the end of the year.

Before his switch to rugby union he was offered to play for the Ireland national rugby league team at the 2008 World Cup, but declined in favour of Super 14 pre-season training.[9]

Rugby union career[edit]

He played rugby union for the Queensland Reds. He scored his first Super 14 try in his side's 22-3 win over South Africa's Cheetahs at Suncorp Stadium. Just before the 2009/10 Super 14 season he retired from the game due to medical advice.[citation needed]

Animalates[edit]

McLinden is a co-director of Animalates, an exercise program for children aged 4–11, combining Pilates, yoga, aerobics and dance with an animal characters theme.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ SL Stats
  3. ^ nrlstats.com
  4. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  5. ^ Harlow, Phil (12 September 2005). "From Canberra to Brentford". BBC. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Broncos sign Raiders scrum-half". BBC. 8 November 2004. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Harlequins suffer triple setback". BBC. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  8. ^ "Harlequins & Hull name skippers". BBC. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  9. ^ "Super 14 shot put ahead of League World Cup". Stuff.co.nz. AAP. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  10. ^ osteopathy.org; Retrieved 20 September 2013

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