Matthew Sturm

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Matthew Sturm
Personal information
Born (1972-12-13) 13 December 1972 (age 44)
New Zealand
Playing information
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993 Glenora Bears
1994–1996 Counties Manukau 72 8 25 0 82
1998–1999 Huddersfield Giants 46 8 0 0 32
2002–2004 Warrington Wolves 19 0 0 0 0
2005 Leigh Centurions 27 3 0 0 12
Total 164 19 25 0 126
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995–1996 New Zealand Māori
Source: RLP

Matthew Sturm (born 13 December 1972) is a former professional rugby league footballer who played in New Zealand and in the English Super League. Since 2010 he has been part of the Mount Albert Lions.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Sturm was a Glenora Bears junior.[1] He played in the inaugural Lion Red Cup season with the Counties Manukau Heroes, starting for the Heroes in the grand final which they lost to North Harbour.[2]

English career[edit]

After standing out in New Zealand, Sturm moved to England and joined the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. After playing in 46 games for the Giants, Sturm joined Workington Town in the Northern Ford Premiership for the 2000 season.[3]

In 2002 Sturm left Workington for the Warrington Wolves.[4] He played another 19 Super League games over three seasons before again moving on.

In 2004 Sturm joined Leigh and helped them win promotion into the Super League. Sturm played in 27 games for Leigh over the 2005 season but they were relegated at the end of the year.[5]

Return to New Zealand[edit]

Sturm played for the Auckland Lions in the 2007 Bartercard Cup grand final.[2]

He then joined the Mt Albert Lions and currently plays in the Auckland Rugby League competition.

Representative career[edit]

Sturm represented New Zealand Māori in 1995 and 1996 and the Lion Red Cup XIII in 1995.[2][6] In 1995 he was part of the Auckland side that won the Rugby League Cup.


  1. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.159
  2. ^ a b c John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 292. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  3. ^ Northern Ford Premiership Club Guide The Telegraph, 30 November 2000
  4. ^ Ins and outs for Super League 2002 The Racing Post, 1 March 2002
  5. ^ Abram no complaints after Cup Draw Mix Up Bolton Evening News, 7 June 2004
  6. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.179