Matthew Lodge

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Matthew Lodge
Lodge playing for the Storm-Sharks NSW Cup team in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 22)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 Wests Tigers 12 0 0 0 0
2018– Brisbane Broncos 11 0 0 0 0
Total 23 0 0 0 0
As of 19 March 2018
Source: [1]

Matthew Lodge (born 31 May 1995) is a rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Lodge played his junior rugby league for St. Patricks Blacktown before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. He played for the Panthers' NYC team in 2012.[2]

In September 2012, Lodge signed a contract with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2013. He played for the Storm's NYC team in 2013 and 2014. He was named at prop in the 2013 NYC Team of the Year.

Lodge was representing the NSW under-20s side when he was given a 3-week suspension after he was televised with an expletive clearly written on his wrist strapping.[3][4][5]

In June 2014, Lodge joined the Wests Tigers mid-season for the remainder of the season,[6] joining their NYC squad. In Round 17 of the 2014 NRL season, Lodge made his NRL debut for the Tigers against his former team, the Penrith Panthers.[7] He made four first grade appearances for the year. He was described as a "110kg battering ram," who was "certain to feature in the regular squad next season."[8] Later in the year, he was chosen to participate in the NSW under-20s pathway camp.[9]

On 19 October 2015, Lodge was sacked by the Tigers after being arrested in New York City.[10] He was due back in court for sentencing in December after entering a guilty plea.[11]

After spending some time with the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup, Lodge signed a 1-year contract with the Brisbane Broncos starting in 2018.[12]

Representative career[edit]

Lodge has played for the Australian Schoolboys.

In 2011, Lodge played for both the New South Wales Under 16s and Under 18s teams.

In 2013 and 2014, Lodge played for the New South Wales Under 20s team.

On 2 May 2015, Lodge played for the Junior Kangaroos against Junior Kiwis.[13]

Assault charge & lawsuit in New York and NRL controversy[edit]

On 16 October 2015, Lodge was arrested and charged with assault.[14] The victims then filed a civil lawsuit against Lodge for US$2 million in July 2016.
In December 2016, Lodge spent two weeks imprisoned at New York's Rikers Island.[15] The Judge granted him a conditional discharge, releasing him from jail and Lodge returned to Australia.
Lodge has since signed a 1-year contract worth an estimated AU$85,000 with Brisbane Broncos for the 2018 National Rugby League season. The National Rugby League has been scrutinised for supporting Lodge and allowing the deal to happen while the victims have not been legally compensated.[16]


  1. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Matt Lodge - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Matt Lodge". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wests Tigers' Mitchell Moses banned for homophobic jibe". The Guardian. May 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Matt Lodge caught with c*** written on his taped wrist while representing NSW against QLD in U20s State of Origin match". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Steve Orme. "Matt Lodge banned for offensive strapping". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wests Tigers sign Matthew Lodge". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Late Changes: NRL Round 17". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ David Hall & Nathan Ryan (7 November 2014). "NRL's future stars: 20 players from the U20s with the potential to make it big — Part 1". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (29 November 2014). "State of Origin a family affair for NSW as Jackson Hastings and Liam Coleman get Blues camp call". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tigers sack Lodge after US arrest | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2015-10-18. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  11. ^ Posted: 8 July 2016 by AAP. "Matt Lodge Victims Testify In New York Court | NRL". Triple M. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  12. ^ "Matt Lodge signs with Broncos - Zero Tackle". 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Representative Round team lists". 28 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  14. ^ "Matthew Lodge to pay damages to victims". DailymailUK. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  15. ^ "Matthew Lodge assault charge". 9News. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  16. ^ "Matt Lodge victims speak out, NRL under scrutiny". 9News. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 

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