Nathan Hindmarsh

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Nathan Hindmarsh
Nathan Hindmarsh (10 August 2008).jpg
Hindmarsh playing for Parramatta in 2008
Personal information
Full name Nathan William Hindmarsh
Nickname Hindy
Born (1979-09-07) 7 September 1979 (age 37)
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)[1]
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–12 Parramatta Eels 330 60 1 0 242
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–09 Australia 23 6 0 0 24
2001–10 New South Wales 17 1 0 0 4
2008 NSW Country 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 NRL All Stars 2 0 0 0 0
2005–11 Prime Minister's XIII 3 1 1 0 6
Source: [2][3]

Nathan William Hindmarsh (born 7 September 1979 in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia) is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer who captained the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative second-row forward, he played his entire career at the Eels, in 2010 breaking the record for most games with the club.

Playing career[edit]

Of Scottish descent,[4] Hindmarsh played for the junior club, Robertson near Moss Vale as part of Group 6 in the Country Rugby League. He later attended renowned rugby league school Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield.

Hindmarsh and his brother Ian Hindmarsh both played in the National Rugby League for Sydney's Parramatta Eels club. In 1998 Hindmarsh received the club's rookie of the year award.[5]

Hindmarsh was selected to play for the Australian national team at second-row forward in the 2007 ANZAC Test match against New Zealand, scoring a try in the Kangaroos' 30-6 victory.[6] He set a new world record for the most tackles made in a single game: in Round 23 of the 2007 NRL season he made 75 tackles against the Melbourne Storm.[7] He is also believed to be the first player to make 10,000 tackles in the NRL.

Hindmarsh 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 at second-row forward in the Kangaroos' 44-4 victory. At his peak (2004–2006) Hindmarsh was considered the best second-rower in the NRL by the Dally M judges. He was an automatic pick for NSW and Australia from 2004 to 2007 and was often picked alongside Craig Fitzgibbon. After a courageous performance in the 2009 NRL Grand Final, Nathan Hindmarsh earned a well-deserved Test recall after two years of being overlooked for representative honours.[8] He was appointed co-captain of the Parramatta Eels in 2010, with Nathan Cayless, becoming sole captain for the 2011 season following Cayless's retirement.

Making his third appearance for the Prime Minister's XIII in 2011, Hindmarsh became the only player to the captain the side twice.

On 29 March 2012 Hindmarsh announced his retirement from rugby league effective at the end of the 2012 season. Despite Hindmarsh's absence from the Eels, he promised he will continue to be a part of the NRL (National Rugby League) community.

On 2 September 2012, Hindmarsh played his final NRL game alongside retiring winger Luke Burt against the St George Illawarra Dragons. The Eels went down to the Dragons 29-8 with Hindmarsh successful in scoring a penalty kick on full-time. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Parramatta Stadium but was later moved to ANZ stadium due to the expected crowd. The crowd was the largest for an NRL (non-finals) game.


  • NRL Career: 330 1998–2012
  • Parramatta Career: 330 games (Most First Grade games played for Parramatta) 1998–2012
  • First Grade Debut: Parramatta v Adelaide Rams at Parkes, 16 May 1998 (Round 10)
  • Average Tackle Count – 49.91 (2011)
  • 60 Tries
  • 242 Points
  • First player in NRL history to make over 10,000 tackles
  • First player in NRL history to make over 11,000 tackles
  • First player in NRL history to make over 12,000 tackles
  • Third player in NRL history and first Parramatta player to pass 30,000 running, attacking metres

Representative honours[edit]

  • 17 games for NSW 2001–10;
  • 23 Tests for Australia 2000–09;
  • World Cup 2000, Tri-Nations 2004, Tri-Nations 2006, Four Nations 2009
  • Prime Ministers XIII 2005, 2008, 2011(Captain)


  • Provan Summons medal: (fan's choice for Player of the Year) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Dally M Second Rower of Year:2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • International Forward of the Year: 2004


Hindmarsh and his wife Bonnie Scott have three children, Archie, Buster and Rowdie.[9] He is a keen indoor cricketer.


  1. ^ a b "Player profile of Nathan Hindmarsh". National Rugby League. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Walter, Brad (2 November 2006). "Beach wail: whingeing winger bags Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ "Honour Roll". Parramatta Eels. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anzac Test Match 2007". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Riccio, David (26 August 2007). "Hindmarsh 'one of a kind'". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 30 August 2007. 
  8. ^ Ritchie, Dean Hindmarsh the marathon man Daily Telegraph 24 September 2009
  9. ^ Lawson, Amy (5 March 2006). "Nappy times ahead as baby boom hits Parramatta". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2007. 

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