Sing playing for Hull in 2007
|Full name||Matthew Charles Sing|
13 March 1975 |
Winton, Queensland, Australia
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (13 st 8 lb)|
Matthew Charles Sing (born 13 March 1975 in Winton, Queensland), otherwise known as Matt Sing, is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, and 2000s. Of Indigenous Australian background, Sing represented Australia and Queensland, and played his club football in the National Rugby League (NRL) for Australian clubs, Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys, becoming only the fifth player in history to score over 150 NRL tries. He later played in Super League for English club Hull F.C..
Sing's first grade career spanned much of the 1990s, and 2000s. He played for Penrith Panthers between 1993 and 1995, Sydney Roosters from 1996 to 2001. Sing represented Queensland and Australia regularly since making his débuts in the 1995 State of Origin series and 1995 Trans-Tasman Test series. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in the sport of rugby league. He also played for the Sydney Roosters on the wing in their 2000 NRL Grand Final loss to the Brisbane Broncos.
Sing moved to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2002 and was named the club's player of the year that season. In 2003 Sing passed the milestone of 100 career tries. In the third game of the 2003 State of Origin series Sing was named man-of-the-match and became one of only a handful of players to score three tries in a State of Origin game. At the end of the 2003 NRL season, he went on the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, helping Australia to victory over Great Britain in what would be the last time the two nations contested an Ashes series. Sing was selected in the Australian team to go and compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Great Britain he played on the wing and scored a try in the Kangaroos' 44–4 victory. Sing last played for Queensland in 2005, playing on the wing in all three games of that year's State of Origin series. He then played in the 2005 NRL Grand Final, his second, scoring a try for the Cowboys in their loss to the Tigers. 2006 was Sing's last season in the NRL. He had become the leading try-scorer in the history of the North Queensland Cowboys, having scored 60 tries since joining the club, later being overtaken by Matt Bowen. He left the NRL with the fourth most tries in Australian rugby league history at 159.
Sing moved to English Super League club Hull in 2007 to replace the outgoing Nathan Blacklock. He played for Hull on the wing in their 2008 Challenge Cup Final loss. He retired at the end of the 2008 Super League season. In 2009 Sing came out of retirement to play in the Queensland Cup for the Central Comets. He played for the Central Comets until 2012.
- NRL Debut: Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Football Stadium, Round 13 1993
- 2005 Grand Final Cowboys v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium 2 October 2005
- Representative Honours: – 24 games for Queensland State of Origin 1995–2005; 15 tests for Australia 1995–2005, 2003 Kangaroo Tourist, 2004 Tri-Nations tournament.
- 168 career NRL tries sits him 7th on the All-time try scoring list behind Ken Irvine (212) and Steve Menzies (180)
- Brad Walter and Steve Mascord (19 March 2004). "Broncos fury over threat to strip points". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- Honours Archived 30 October 2011 at WebCite at cowboys.com.au
- Paul Robinson. "Matt Sing out of retirement to boost CQ Comets". Retrieved 28 June 2009.