Matt McIlwrick

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Matt McIlwrick
Personal information
Full name Matthew McIlwrick[1]
Born (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 26)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–14 Canberra Raiders 19 1 0 0 4
2015 Sydney Roosters 8 0 0 0 0
2016 Cronulla-Sutherland 2 0 0 0 0
2017– Wests Tigers 23 2 0 0 8
Total 52 3 0 0 12
As of 26 March 2017
Source: [2]

Matt McIlwrick (born 4 June 1991) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays at hooker, but can also fill in at lock. He previously played for the Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.


Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, McIlwrick played his junior football for the Halswell Hornets. While playing for the Hornets, he represented the New Zealand Under 16s team. In 2008, he joined the Canberra Raiders on a 3-year contract.[3]

Playing career[edit]


In 2008, McIlwrick played for the Canberra Raiders' S. G. Ball Cup team,[4] winning the Players' Player award.[3] In Round 10 of the 2008 NYC season, McIlwrick made his NYC debut. He went on to play in 64 NYC matches between 2008 and 2011.[5][6][7][8]

In 2010, McIlwrick played for the Junior Kiwis in their 2010 two-match series against the Junior Kangaroos.[9]


Before the start of the 2012 NRL season, McIlwrick re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.[10] He moved on to the Raiders' New South Wales Cup team, Mount Pritchard Mounties.[11] In Round 8, he made his NRL debut for the Raiders against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[12][13][14]

On 18 April 2013, McIlwrick re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.[15]

On 9 September 2014, McIlwrick was named in the New Zealand train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations,[16][17] but didn't make the final squad. In November, the Sydney Roosters made an inquiry about the contract status of McIlwrick, looking to potentially sign him as a back-up to regular hooker Jake Friend, but the approach was initially turned down by the Raiders.[18] On 4 December, after coming to an agreement, McIlwrick signed a 1-year contract with the Roosters starting in 2015,[19] after being released from the final year of his Raiders contract.[20]

McIlwrick played in 8 games for the Roosters in the 2015 season, but was released at the end of the year.[21] On 20 November, he signed a 1-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks starting in 2016.[22]


Making just 2 appearances in first grade, McIlwrick was, however, named at hooker in the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Team of the Year.[23] In late 2016, Jason Taylor announced that McIlwrick had signed with the Wests Tigers on a one-year contract starting in 2017.[24]

With former hooker Robbie Farah having left the club and Jacob Liddle having only played one game of first grade, McIlwrick started the season as Wests Tigers hooker. Interchanging with Liddle, McIlwrick played in every game of the season before missing the last through suspension. He was second in the club for tackles made,[25] and was described as having a "solid year."[26] His contract was extended to the end of the 2019 season.


  1. ^ "Player statistics for Matthew Mcilwrick". Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Matt McIlwrick - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1991-06-04. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b "NRL clubs offer contracts to Canterbury players". 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Huge Win by Raiders SG Ball". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  5. ^ "McIlwrick set for NRL debut as Fensom returns". Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Round 3 Toyota Cup Team lists". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  7. ^ "Matt Russell Previews Round 22 of the Toyota Cup". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Toyota Cup Team Lists : Round 1". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  9. ^ "Nine NYC-winning Warriors named in Jnr Kiwis". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  10. ^ "The Next Big thing : Who is your NRL Club's Rookie to Watch in 2012". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  11. ^ "McIlwrick set for big break at Waddell's expense". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  12. ^ Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Lee Gaskin. "McIlwrick set for big break at Waddell's expense". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  14. ^ "NRL 2012 - Round 8". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  15. ^ (2013-04-18). "Raiders re-sign McIlwrick and Vaughan | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  16. ^ "Kiwis Name Four Nations Train-On Squad". Rugby League Week. 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  17. ^ "NZ Kiwi Four Nations train-on squad announcement". League Unlimited. 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  18. ^ Chris Wilson (2014-11-20). "Canberra Raiders hold on to hookers despite Roosters' approach". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  19. ^ "Announce immediate signing of Matt McIlwrick". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  20. ^ Chris Wilson (2014-12-03). "Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart wants more after signing Roosters forward Frank-Paul Nu'uausala". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  21. ^ "Cronulla Gun Jack Bird in Demand; Titans Chase Queensland Origin star". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  22. ^ "Sharks sign McIlwrick for 2016". Zero Tackle. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  23. ^ (2016-03-26). "2016 Intrust Super Cup Team of the Year". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  24. ^ (2016-10-27). "Jamal Idris signs with Wests Tigers". The Roar. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  25. ^ "Player stats". Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. 
  26. ^ Alicia Newton. "Wests Tigers 2017 season review". 

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